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... to Barcelona and got there within 2 hours which was awesome
compared to the 7 hour bus ride we had been considering. The high speed train
reminded me a lot of the trains that we went on in china, getting up to 300
km/h which was not only luxurious but awesome. We got to Barcelona around 11 am
and immediately noticed differences. The metro system was way harder to navigate
and our initial impression of the people and cleanliness was a lot different.
In Madrid, ...
... met up with the two boys in the hostel bar for a drink and planning before going back to our rooms to get ready. Upon going back to our room we found our latest roommate to be a really nice Canadian girl who is studying in France and having a weekend in Spain by herself. We gave her a 5min warning to get ready before we had to leave and she was in! We met the boys back in the bar and set out to find some Paella, this turned out to be a bit harder than we thought. Upon leaving ...
... Nearly lost my pants when relieved of my belt by a Tutonic efficiency expert (security). Wanted to make totally inappropriate comments, but Mary Ann would not allow it. Barcelona airport, all sunshine, glass and happiness. Off season I think it must be at about 25% capacity. Amazing ride to our hotel, in a Skoda taxi, with a non-English speaking driver, who gave us a running commentary in Catalan. Great hotel, 400 year old building recently renovated, with a walk in shower (and ...
... Rambla which was quite nice, where we had some juice and then got some bread, ham, and cheese with some wine (for my mom)and sangria (for me) for our picnic which we had along the way. After visiting the harbor, we walked back towards town and visited the beautiful old district and saw numerous churches (the theme of this part of the trip - lots of churches and beautiful old ...
... or Barri Gotic, next to the Old Town. I was ashamed to be looking for dinner at 6pm, absurdly early to the Spanish. What would they think of us, this was the most touristy move of our trip! Dmitriy isn't swayed by such trivial things, so we found a place that was open and proudly became their only customers for the next hour.
Xaloc, according to our guide, was known for gourmet level tapas at reasonable prices. The menu actually seemed ...
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