Wednesday, our school/hotel threw a big banquet to celebrate Thanksgiving. I am sure they know that Thanksgiving was on Thursday, but I think they were making it possible for us to have our turkey and eat it too. It was lovely. Great food. Great wine. Candle lit. Decorations. They went all out. Not quite an at home thanksgiving meal, but delicious.
Then, I set about finding a way for my friend, Allie, to come to Barcelona with us. Due to a crisis of events she was unable to go to Paris (her original Thanksgiving plans) and leaving her in Rome was not an option. Luckily everything worked out and she was on our flight at 8:30 pm. Whew!
Sitting on the plane was random, but Fran and I got to sit by each other. We were hoping to sit by someone interesting, and luckily did. We seem to always find cool people. We are a power team when it come to meeting new friends. A. Rocker got keyed in to basically our whole life stories (lucky him) and we learned his.
We arrived at our hostel at about 11 pm to find a gorgeous man sitting at the front desk who thankfully spoke English. Our room was surprisingly nice considering how cheap it was. Private bathroom, clean towels (new ones provided daily), and a terrace. Much better than the Florence one-star.
Over the course of the next few days, we managed to hit everything we wanted (minus this really cool fountain that we didn’t realize existed until the last night) while making the trip a true relaxing vacation. We slept in and we had fun.
Picasso Museum: Totally cool. Gave a discount because we are students. Audio tour was helpful. I think we could have spent a whole day there just looking. Loved his work before and love it more now. I must say he was a very talented and twisted man. His more erotic art made us all giggle like 6th graders.
Sagrada Familia: If you don’t know anything about this already, it is a church designed by Gaudi in the late 1800s and is still in construction today because it is just that cool (it is not expected to be finished until mid to late this century). This church blows my mind. It is inspired by nature and it pretty much the coolest thing I have ever seen. There is so much going on inside and out it wouldtake me years to give a complete description and I still would miss stuff. An I Spy lovers’ dream.
Barri Gotic: This is the Gothic area of Barcelona. Love me some gargoyles.
La Rambla/Market: La Rambla is like the big tourist street of Barcelona. It leads to the sea. Lots to buy. Street performers galore. The Market was heaven under a tent. Delicious fruit, delicious food, delicious chocolate. Oh, and sangria and mojitos for cheap. We ate til our heart and stomachs content. May have gained 50 lbs from going there (not really). I found the perfect Saint Patty’s Day sunglasses.
Gaudi Park: Oh. My. Goodness. This guy really was amazing and his amazing-ness lives on. This park was full of sweet designs and architecture. The views were to die for. Again, I think we could have spent ages here if not for the sun setting too early. Phenom!
The Metro System: Fantastic. Easy to navigate. Clean.
I have the best friends in the world, and if not for them this trip would not have been near as fun. Thank you Allie, Fran, and Alicia!
I also want to take a moment to thank God for everything good in my life and helping me struggle through the rough patches and for providing me with people and things in my life that make me happy and guide me through life.