The first to arrive is Anna Grau. The mayor of Ciudadanos arrives at the agreed time: 9:50 a.m. Not a minute more, not a minute less. Greetings. She laughs herself, although she doesn't joke: “Well… what are we going to do? Because of course...". Candidates only know time and place. They don't know if they are going to have to put their feet in the water and get wet, as happened for the cover four years ago –a mayor with a French accent did not like the idea at all–, vote on a mat on the beach (in the 2007) or sit on a beam at a more than respectable height (in the style of the workers in New York, but with the AVE in Barcelona under construction), as it was the turn of the presidential candidates in the Generalitat elections in 2006. Vanguard established the tradition: day of reflection, perched on the cover.
At the moment Eva Parera (Valents) arrives. At 9:54 a.m., greeted Daniel Sirera (PP). "What are we going to do?". Eva Parera suggests a photo on board the gigantic cruise ship moored next to the World Trade Center, "This is how we finish off the campaign!", she laughs. Here you can not let your guard down or reflect.
Today they are going to board the Consolat de Mar, the ship that the Port of Barcelona has ceded and which is moored very close. It is named after the pioneering Catalan legal body that in the middle of the 13th century already regulated relations between merchants and that later spread in the form of maritime law throughout the Mediterranean and the Atlantic.
The management, led by Jordi Juan, now greets Xavier Trias (Junts). At the moment, Ernest Maragall (ERC) appears, who had arrived earlier, but stayed inside his vehicle, typing his mobile. At 10 o'clock, Ada Colau (BComú) arrives. The procession is already more than numerous, the relaxed atmosphere, what was it like last night, if they are going to rest, if they will be with the family, if the media have gotten little out of us, if... But the courtesy minutes are They run out and not all are there yet.
"What are we going to do?". For now, wait a few more minutes, what a remedy. Today the punctuality is the same as during the campaign.
Finally they are all. For almost half an hour Grant Dalton, the captain of the New Zealand team and head of the America's Cup, has been waiting at the Consolat de Mar with the disputed and always guarded Jarra de las Cien Guineas, the coveted trophy of the sea. The municipal vote will be counted today, although in Plaza Sant Jaume winning may not mean governing.