Expo 2008: Zaha Hadid's Bridge Pavilion | Photo: Carlota Martín
We thought we ought to get a reliable opinion on Expo 2008 to contrast with the promotional stuff, so we checked with Rosa Martín, Office Manager at IH Barcelona, who went for three days with her family.
"Definitely worth going," Rosa says. The best bits? "The parrilla in the Uruguay pavilion was superb and so was the restaurant in the German pavilion," Rosa reckoned (and Rosa knows a fair bit about good cooking).
Hadn't they gone for the water and sustainable development thing? "Certainly: it really does make you think about how valuable a resource it is and how we're wasting it," Rosa clarified.
Daughter Carlota liked it too… The best bit? "Being able to stick your feet in the fountains," says Carlota. Zaragoza does tend to be hot in the summer!
Oh, and then there were the ads for La Zaragozana, the local brewery, Rosa remembers: "Viniste por el agua; volverás por la cerveza" — that's "You came for the water; you'll come back for the beer".
Expo 2008 is on in Zaragoza (300km west of Barcelona) until September 14.