oh man, where to even begin with barcelona. well first off, i’m going to live there one day. guaranteed. i don’t care how long it takes me to learn spanish, i’m doing it, for at least a year of my life. it would be an amazing experience. i was only there for a three day weekend, and i instantly fell in love with it. here’s why…
first, our hostel was in a prime location. right off the main road in the city, los ramblas, we could literally see the crowds of people from the front door. amazing energy. so we got to barca at 11 PM on thursday night, and the place was justtt starting to get busy. the spanish really now how to have a fun night life. so we went out at like midnight after dropping off our stuff and freshening up, went for tapas and sangria. then at like 1:30, the place was still going (little did we know it would continue to go till 6 am!) so we went to an irish pub to hang out for a bit. we met amazing people, (the spanish are really friendly in comparison to the italians) had great conversations, and maybe had a good beer or two. ;)
the next day, friday, we decided that in order to see everything we wanted to see, we needed to take a bus tour. best 30 euros i’ve ever spent in my life! we bought a two day bus pass for one of those hop-on, hop-off buses, where you can sit on the open roof and see the city, while listening to headphones giving you information about sites. the first day we just road the whole route, took pics from the bus and mapped out what we wanted to actually get off at the next day. then we spent the late afternoon shopping. oh man, oh man, are european stores my weakness. i loveeeee all their clothes! i definitely dropped a pretty penny at my favorite store, MANGO, but i loved everything i bought, so it’s okay. :)
the next day is when we actually got off at all the bus stops. we say some absolutely amazing sites. we went to a really pretty church at the center of the city (some pics have been posted of it) and also drove past gaudi’s famous familia church which is still under construction. gaudi was a famous architect in the early 1900’s who lived in barca. he was actually in the process of building this particular church when he was hit and killed by a tram in the 1920’s. luckily, he left all his blueprints, and now thanks to some private funders, the church is being built again all these decades later. and it is breath-taking.
we also went to gaudi’s park, in the north part of the city, which to me looks like a mix of hanzel and gretel and alice and wonderland. its pretty cool. in addition, we went to barcelona’s giant football stadium, and i reallyyyyy wanted to take a tour inside, but it was 30 euros. :( too expensive to justify for one tour. so i bought gifts instead! :)
finally, we ended at the beach, and it was beautiful. perfect white sand, pretty blue water, and palm trees! it was a perfect way to start the evening. after taking a quick nap, we went to dinner then went to a local bar near our hostel. there, we met this group of scottish guys who were the same age as us, also visiting for the weekend. we spent all night just hanging out with them, talking and swapping stories about scotland versus the states. before we knew it, the sun was rising! luckily we had an early plane, so we didn’t even bother going to sleep! we just packed up and went; running on pure adrenaline actually works! haha. it was easily the best night i’ve had in europe, hands down. great people, great conversation, great city. barcelona, i’ll be seeing you. soon. <3