Every time you have to go | Shut my eyes and you know | I’ll be lying right by your side | In Barcelona
Just landed in Barcelona and realized I get to spend 9 days with my best friend in Espana! From the moment we checked into the hotel, I knew I was going to struggle communicating. I should have definitely brushed up on my Spanish besides donde esta lost pantalones (WHY is that the phrase I will always remember?!). We took the train to go the Teresa Carles, a vegetarian café and walked around the city to the magic fountain, where we sat and listened to the music watching the fountain. Absolutely in our element… until the rain came. And then my hair turned into a lion mane and I was a disaster.
Next morning was a mess, to say the least. Couldn’t figure out breakfast because of communication skills and we had to run to find our taxi. We went on a free tour of Barcelona and 99% sure our tour guide as high but was an entertaining and good way to see the main sights and understand the history of the city (but don’t ask me now because this trip was 6 months ago…). After lunch we went to Park Guell which was so beautiful, even if we were melting. It was a lot smaller than we thought it would be. We hiked up to this top of this random little mountain that overlooked the city and got to overlook Barcelona. Amazing. We spent the evening having dinner and walking along the pier and decided to walk along the beach an hour back to our hotel.
Seems to be a recurring trend but again the morning didn’t start off well. If you know Brinda or me, food comes first so not being able to order a simple greed cheese from a local deli gets frustrating. Instead of a grilled cheese (as pictured on the menu), we got a footlong white bread with cold sliced cheese. Close enough? Then we were running late to our time slot for sagrada familia so we basically ran 45 minutes to the church. Sagrada Familia has been in the works for a very long time and isn’t planned to be completed until 2026 or somewhere along those lines. You cant help but think about Delhi Akshardham being built in 5 years and on a much, much larger scale. During my travels in Europe, I’ve been to a lot of churches, but this one definitely takes the cake. The stained glass windows and the tree stump pillars were astonishing. Then we walked to two more of Gaudi’s work – casa mila and casa batllo and made our way to Ramblas street through Plaza Catalunya. I was super conscious on Ramblas street because my research said I was pretty much going to get pickpocketed there. We steered off from the main roads and wondered through the alleys until we grabbed a vegan sandwich and sat (and baked) in the sun. Yesterday I got sun burnt on my shoulders and today I got sun burnt on my nose. We took the cable car to the base of the mountain and overlooked the city where we practically passed out from walking around so much (darn it, why did I stop wearing my fit bit I could have beaten everyone!!). We plopped our tired selves onto the beach and just sat there for the evening. After dinner we watched some street performances of acapella singers and then did the walk home along the beach again. Across our hotel is a small pier that we sat at as the sun had just set and enjoyed the breeze.
The fourth day was a lazy day where we woke up later than usual and walked through a nearby park and went back to placa de espanya where the magic fountain was and spent the afternoon in the Mnac museum. Our flight was delayed a few hours and no food to eat really at the airport so that was a womp but On to Seville!!