This week Nicole, Maggie and I packed up and headed to Barcelona! Wednesday morning we woke up bright and earl at 5:45 A.M. and headed to the airport where we flew Ryan Air all the way to Barcelona, Spain. Once we found the train that went near our hotel we set off to find our hostel, check in, and Siesta a little. We then headed out to explore the area around our hostel. We walked around and shopped a little before we stumbled upon Camp Nou- Barcelona's soccer team's stadium- by complete accident. We found out that you can walk into the complex and the team store which is huge and wicked cool. Theres even an outdoor cafe that you can sit at and have a snack, which we did (donuts!). We then searched for dinner where we found hotdogs and hamburgers... which we have been quite deprived of. They were delicious.
The second day in Barcelona we headed out for a day of tourism
. We became professionals at Barcelona's Metro system which is a lot like Boston's T. We decided first to go to find a starbucks... because we miss American coffee and there are six of them all near each other. However, as we were walking through the Metro system to find one... we found a DUNKIN DONUTS. Naturally we stopped there instead because it was like gold to our eyes. After enjoying some Dunks... we headed to La Sagrada Familia which is a massive church in Barcelona. It is famous for never having been completed and construction is currently still going on. After seeing this massive church, we did some shopping in the gift shops as we headed to our next stop: Park GŁell. Park GŁell is a gorgeous two part park. Part of it is a normal park, full of paths and grass and nature. The other part you have to buy a ticket for entry because it is a stunning enclosure of mosaic figures, walls, and benches. The mosaics were truly beautiful, especially the benches and the giants lizard in the middle of the staircase. Theres even stone caves that look twisted and beautiful. Park GŁell was one of the most interesting places I've ever been. By then it was dark so we then hit the Metro to find the Torre Agbar building which is lit up every night. It was really cool to see the colors before heading to dinner where we had dinner and tried real Spanish Sangria!
The third day was dedicated fully to the beach
. We first grabbed some snacks for the beach. We hadn't brought towels so we improvised. We bought a plastics furniture cover that is usually used to cover furniture while painting a room and layer on that at the beach because it was 75 cents. We may have looked ridiculous but it worked! We also decided not to buy sunscreen because a travel size bottle was 10 euros... way too expensive. Safe to say we are extremely sunburnt, but it was totally worth it. The beaches were beautiful. The water was so blue and the sun was warm with a perfect breeze. The best part was that in Spain, sea glass hunting isn't a thing so we found tons of beautiful pieces of sea glass in the sand. The ocean also flattens all of the rocks so I grabbed a few of those too. Once we were done in the sun we went to a store next to the beach and bought fruit to eat on the steps that lead to the beach. All in all it was a beautiful day.
Sadly today we spent 7 hours traveling back to Assumption which was miserable. However I am very excited for Easter Mass at the Vatican with the Pope tomorrow!