BARRIO CHINO, BARCELONA, SPAIN
Bar Marsella is the centerpiece of the Barrio Chino. It is located on Sant Pau just off Las Ramblas down from the Opera. The Barrio Chino is a kind of haunt thronged less with Spaniards than with foreigners, all of them down-and-out. Life in 1995 had not changed much since the 1930s when Jean Genet made his living here as a thief. I was accosted by a Morocco illegal in front of the Bar while waiting for my friend to open up. He taunted me and tried to apply his tactics to pick my pockets. I remember his pulling open his shirt and showing me the many scars on his chest. In 1933, the same thing happened as shown in the last photo above. In the Barrio Chino, life repeats itself over and over throughout the decades.