Amigos Para Siempre

Trip Start Apr 14, 2009
Trip End Aug 06, 2009

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Flag of Spain  , Catalonia,
Thursday, July 2, 2009

The bus for Barcelona departed Nice at 8am, we arrived after 9:30pm.  Wow it was long.  Massive traffic buildups getting out of France, but we were entertained with DVDs. When we arrived we could instantly tell we were going to like this place that was so full of character.

First day in Barcelona started off with a walk down the famous street Las Ramblas. Full of markets and street preformers and restaurants, it was a busy and exciting place. We continued through Placa Catalunya and came accross a wonderful stadium used for bull fighting.
After being told that bull fighting no longer happened in Barcelona, we had given up hope of seeing one, so were quite excited that there was one that night!
So with our tickets in hand we walked to Antoni Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia cathedral. A magnificant yet unfinished building, that is so detailed and intricate, it isn't scheduled to be finished until 2026.  Not bad for a project started in 1914.

As we made our way back to the stadium to see some bulll fighting we came accross a few protestors of course, but that didn't deter us.
We took our seats directly in front of some Spanish diplomat and we were both intrigued as to what the event would be like. Yes, it was more gruesome and nasty than we expected, but as a cultural experience it was thrilling and one we didn't regret. Ask us personally what it was like, we want to keep this family friendly.
Afterwards we headed to a tapas bar where we got some nice potato scallops with our drink.  A good first Spanish day that stimulated each of the senses.

Walking home back through Placa Catalunya we came across a memorial to Michael Jackson.  After agreeing to stop for a look, it became terribly difficult to walk away.  Even after a few days was very hard to believe, although this helped it to sink in.  He was a legend.

(Another hidden gem moment of the trip - after noticing a cockroach walking across an MJ flag, Chris remembered La Cucaracha!  He then had a hardly understandable conversation with a local who tried to teach him the rest of the lyrics.  Gold.)

Monday we ventured to Park Guell to see some more of Gaudi's architectural pieces.  Lots of colourful mosaics, strange curves and shapes.  After walking past the Kosnar's beloved purple house, we relaxed before delving further into the taste of Spain with an organised tapas and flamenco night.  Arrived at a bar and greeted bottomless Sangria jugs and enough tapas to keep us eating constantly for two hours. Were then led to a bar to watch a traditional flamenco performance with incredible Spanish guitar playing, music and then the famous dancing.

Tuesday we made the hour and a half train ride to Montserrat, a monastery built up on a cliff top with stunning views.  It meant another ride on a cable car which churned Alicia's stomach but the beauty was worth it.  That night we gave in.  Hostels in every city we've visited all try and flog the tourists' bar crawl.  We had previously held strong and did the bar work ourselves, but with Barcelona containing a few unsafe areas we thought we'd give it a go with a crowd.  Shouldn't have.  While we are surely fond of a drink we enjoy this with good company having a laugh, this night was organised for roudy louts just to get drunk and ultimately wasn't a nice night.  At least we gave it a go.

Wenesday we slept in, our 4th full day in Barcelona was a bit more cruisey.  Walked to the beach and successfully worked on our tans, Mediterranean style.  The beach featured plenty of peddlers selling 6 packs and massages which disturbed the peace a little but was a great way to spend an afternoon.  Spent the night walking up Mount Juic for a great city panorama and a wander through the 1992 Olympic Village.  Very impressive.  And a nice way to bid farewell to Barcelona on our final evening.  One of our favourite cities so far, was very enjoyable.  Tomorrow we fly to the Old Dart.
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yasmin on

Should you be heading to Barcelona, let me recommend you staying at hostels barcelona nest for a cheap and central accomodotation to start your sightseeings from!

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