Barcelona Travel Blog› entry 8 of 13 › view all entries
Wow! We just got back from a whirlwind tour of Barcelona this weekend! Soooo fun, but now I'm quite exhausted.
We took a bus from Montpellier to Barcelona, which turned out to be a great way to travel because the scenery was superb (we drove through the Pyrenees!) and it was 40 euros cheaper than the train! Once we got to Barcelona, I'm proud to say that we successfully navigated our way through the city to our youth hostel, even though NONE of us speak the language. (Though I did actually buy some postcards on saturday and made the complete transaction in spanish. I said, "ocho, por favor" and followed that with a "gracias"! It was eciting.)
Our youth hostel was pretty nice, not unlike living in a college.
Speaking of water, you can't order tap water in a restaurant like you can here in france...they make you buy bottled water, which of couse is ridiculously expensive.
Despite these aqua issues, I really loved the city of Barcelona - it has a lot of color and character! We saw many of Gaudi's designs on Saturday - the famous Palau Guell with the world's longest park bench, Casa Mila (the strange looking Gaudi apparment building), and la Sangrada Familia (the church still under construction with all kinds of crawy towers).
We wound up eating dinner both nights along La Rambla, the famous pedestrian street in Barcelona that goes out from the port and the statue of Christopher Columbus. The first night, I ordered a traditional spanish dish, seafood paella.
And while on the topic of food, two extremely exciting things happened this weekend -
(1) On the way to Barcleona, the place the bus stopped for a break had an ICE MACHINE. That was FREE. I thought I was dreaming for a minute.
(2) For lunch on Saturday, we found a place that made real SMOOTHIES. The first I have seen...oh how I miss smooties in the summertime! It was probably one of the most delicious things I've ever tasted. We documented with pictures.
In all, a fabulous weekend. However, now I must face reality and write a paper...you know what's kind of annoying? We are spending all day on the 4th of July takings tests!!! We have our placement test for the university Paul-Valery here in the morning, and a final for one of our UGA classes (which end this week as university PV classes begin) in the afternoon. Bah. Oh well...on Sunday we're going to Avignon and in 2 weeks we're going to Nice for the weekend!!!
Hope you all are doing well! Love you!