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A Perfect Day in Barcelona

Today I definitely didnt have a case of the mondays.

Monday was my last full day in Barcelona and I definitely wanted to make it worth it. John suggested doing the bus tour, and I thought it’d be a great way to be a lazy butt but still be able to feel somewhat accomplished as a tourist. Thanks, John – it was a pretty good tour and I soon became overwhelmed with all the things to do and places to see. Should I take the cable car up to the palace, or roam around some gardens? Check out a museum? Noo, instead I decided to beach it. That’s more like it! I spent my afternoon having a long delicious seafood lunch by the beach, with a friendly waiter who gave me free dessert and this amazing amazing grappa. Then I strolled to the beach and soon fell asleep, woke up and realized I was late for meeting Ramon, a friend of Abi’s who is a local. Ramon was sooo great – he took me on a mini tour around the city, showing me his favorite squares and places. He also got me hooked on the Catallan drink of vermouth with tea and soda. Dangerously good!! He was such a great person to hang out with, and I hope to repay the favor when he visits NYC in the winter. After we parted ways, I wandered into a bar to watch the Barcelona game with a rowdy group. It was a lot of fun and the guys yelled out for free shots every time Barca scored (and they scored FIVE times.) At one point one of the players who scored took his shirt off in a victory moment and one of the guys did the same thing – too bad the physiques didn’t match, but it was still hilarious nonetheless. All in all, I would give today (and Barcelona) an A+, and I feel so blessed to be able to be on this journey.

Next stop, San Sebastian!!!

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Barcelona

 

Hellllo Barca! Its hard to believe that I only got to Spain fri morning because I feel like I’ve done so much already! Barcelona has been a whirlwind so far. I got in yesterday evening from Madrid, and was a little nervous about staying in a room with 7 other strangers. Then I realized I was the only female in the room and I really didn’t know what I was in for! But honestly, it’s been a great experience so far. Our hostel is amazing – soo so impressed with it. The Aussies in my room are all a ton of fun, and some of us hit the town together. 12 of us wandered around the city until we found a fun club and danced until dawn. I was pretty impressed with how much we all watched out for each other, even though we had just met. So far everyone I’ve met has been so friendly and warm, hoping that this keeps up for the whole month!

This morning I rolled out of bed at 1pm (hey, I was still one of the early risers in my room!) and powered through my self induced headache by what I thought would be a low key day at Park Guell. Totally forgot that the park is on the top of a massive hill and you have to constantly hike up and down stairs to get around. 3 hours later my legs were shaking. But it was pretty great being able to wander around looking for photo opps. Similar to what Lex, Es and I do in NYC with our Canons except this time I had a whole new place to explore! Will definitely be having more days like this. Now, I’m taking a break with some tapas before heading back to the hostel. I think I might take the night off today and chill at the hostel instead, but that’s what I said last night and look how that turned out.

 

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Aussie roomie to me: You don’t dance so bad for an American.

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August 28, 2011 · 8:27 pm

I’m in the Pursuit of Happiness…

I can’t believe I made it here! And I can’t believe I was actually somewhat prepared for this! In the weeks leading up to this trip, I have been so busy with leaving my job (holy crap I can’t believe I quit my job) and prepping my apt for my sublet, that planning for Europe has definitely fallen to the wayside. However, things just clicked so well when I got here. My backpack is awesome – thanks, E for helping me pack and repack that badboy. I feel like I have just the right amount of stuff, and traveling with it is a total breeze. Sure, there have been a few setbacks but nothing major. For example, the first night my lock got stuck and I had to cut it. 1 lock down, 2 to go! The hostel I wanted in Barcelona was booked until Mon, which was a bummer because the location is super ideal. But I’ll be there tomorrow, and the hostel I’m at is siick! Im hoping that whatever happens it wont be too much of a problem, but more importantly that I’ll be able to roll with it.

This is going to be an awesome trip.

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