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Sagrada Familia

So whenever I book a hostel, I get a confirmation sent to my email with directions on how to get there.  Well the directions this hostel I aws staying at in Barcelona sent me were terrible.  It mentioned to go to this plaza and to start walking up 5000 steps up a mountain.  When I got to the train station, usually there's an information desk.  Well this information desk was only train information, and since I got in at about 8:30pm the tourist information desk down the street was closed.  So I thought, especially since it was raining, my best bet would be to take a taxi.  The taxi driver didn't speak any english.  So he entered the address I gave him into his GPS.

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  But for some reason he seemed troubled/confused with the directions he received.  Finally he said montagna, and I concurred.  After 30 minutes we finally are around the top of this mountain.  At this point I didn't even care about how expensive this taxi ride was, I just wanted there to be a hostel at the end of the road.  But then we started going down these dark windy paths and it started getting foggy.  Then he stops and says this is it.  There was no hostel in site and I point out that we aren't even on the street we were supposed to be on.  After 10 minutes of him driving around aimlessly, I tell him I want him to call the hostel and find out where to go.  He calls, I don't understand a thing they're saying.  But I got the impression that at the end of the conversation the driver says "you've been no help so I'm going to keep wandering around" because that's what he did for another 10 minutes.
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  So I tell him to call them again so that I could speak to someone at the hostel.  At this point I was worried I would have to pay a 40 euro taxi charge (to this mountain and back to the train station) and a room charge that I wasn't even going to use, and then on top of not have a place to sleep for the night.  After calling again, they reexplained how to get there to the taxi driver and miraculously he found it, after I had to point to him where to go with the signs.  He wanted to drop me off at the first sign he saw, I kept pointing to follow the signs.  I swear I'm cursed when it comes to taxi drivers.  It's always like this. I left that hostel the next day and found another one at the bottom of this mountain, which I got one of the staff to drive me down.
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When I woke up the next morning, it was still raining.  It had been raining in Barcelona for a few days, so I decided to take the city bus tours so that I could see the city comfortably.  Barcelona has some crazy architecture.  The Picasso museum looks like a volcano exploded on it.  Some homes look like fairy tale castles, with pink and purple sparkles painted all over them.  Every turn brought bizarre designs.  I was impressed with Barcelona, it seems really sophisticated.  I'll have to come back during high season to see it at its peak.

huibdos says:
Hostile world? Come on:)
Posted on: Jul 26, 2009
RoxanneBarney says:
Definitely, I would book my accommodation as time went along. It got a little harder to that towards the end, as busy season was fast approaching and the hostels were getting busier. I booked almost everything online through hostelworld.com, I also recommend getting the membership if you use that :)
Posted on: Jul 12, 2009
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Torre AGBAR at night
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