Castles, A Not-So-Magic Fountain, Pasta, and Drinking Games

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This morning was off to a bit of a late start, but soon McKenzie, Ashley, Alec and I were on a mission to find the findicular leading up to the castle. First came wandering through Las Rambles, the main stretch of the city, with shops on both sides the middle filled with street performers and vendors, the most surprising of which were portable pet shops. On your Saturday stroll through this street, you could buy everything from a pigeon to a postcard. When we finally made it to the findicular, the tram ride was rather pricey, so we decided to brave the '30 minute' walk that only takes about 15, which was so worth it. The view from the top of the hill was stunning, as you could see a panorama of the entire city and port beneath you, but there was so much haze and clouds that pictures didn't turn out that well.

The garden was the coolest part of the castle
The castle was sort of boxy and not that exciting, but still cool to see. The most impressive on the grounds though, I have to say were the several cannons that looked like they could shoot a trajectory all the way to Madrid.

The castle was at the top of a park, which we meandered our way through. McKenzie is officially dubbed our map lady, and did a fantastic job getting us to the museum we wanted to get to. There was one free exhibit with some really cool art, including an original Salvador Dali, whose eccentric art I've always admired, but never actually seen in a museum before. We ended our shortish day of sightseeing at the big exhibition halls, in front of which sits the spectacular Magic Fountain.

It wasn't terribly magic to us though, as it wasn't turned on when we got to it. We found out later, that we missed the light/water show by just about 20 minutes. From pictures I've seen though, I'd definitely recommend looking up what times the show is, and making sure you're there for it.

The night began with a trip to the market, then a delicious pasta we made in the hostel's kitchen. After a quick nap, we brought out the Absolut we'd bought, and gathered up loads of people from the hostel for a big drinking game of King's Cup, which is a pretty fantastic game. By this point, Ashley was getting more and more fed up with Alec just being a bit of an ass, and we were so ready to go out. We headed to a bar for a fantastic night of pitchers and attempting to talk to locals in the best Spanish we could muster. Tomorrow we're off to see Gaudi's works, which basically makes Barcelona to me-can't wait!

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