February Travel Break: 12th-15th

Trip Start Sep 02, 2010
Trip End May 13, 2011

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Flag of Spain  , Catalonia,
Thursday, March 3, 2011

    February travel break was one best breaks yet. I got a taste of Spain and a taste of a third world country. My favorite thing to say is..."I went to Africa!!!" ....It was awesome. And best of all, Aunt Nora came in to visit me. We met in Barcelona on Saturday, the 12th, and it was great from beginning to end. Aunt Nora was the first person from home I had seen in 5 months. 5 months doesnt sound that long now that it's down in words, but it has felt like forever, although it has gone faster than I want it to. 
    Saturday evening, Aunt Nora met me at the airport. I was surprised to see her there! Neither of us not knowing when she would be able to get there. But she got there early that day and met me in the evening. The first night we talked alot, had pizza and went to our hostel. 
    The next day we headed out to the beach, stopping for breakfast/lunch first of course. We went to a little local place and pretty much had everything on the menu. The potatoes and mayonnaise was great, along with all the seafood, some of which I've never seen before. Afterwards....the beach. It was sunny and in the 60's and the water was the bluest I've ever seen. The water was pretty cold, wished I could have gone swimming in it. Later on we went to see Sagrada Familia along with various other Gaudi buildings. Sagrada Familia was awesome. The inside was beautiful and the colors were great. Though we had to make a joke about the cross and Jesus. We called it Jesus of the Umbrella or Jesus goes to Barcelona. Sounds bad....but when you see the picture you will understand. Jesus was hanging from underneath an umbrella looking structure that had colored jewels or something hanging from this umbrella making him look as though he went on vacation to a tropical place. What an interesting character. His buildings are insane, but fun to look at. Afterwards we went to the Picasso Museum. It was free from 7-8:30 (the lady at our hostel told us 11, luckily we got there at 8 and got a half hour in!!!!!) So we powerwalked the Picasso Museum and then left for dinner. Tapas at Bar Lobo. From beginning to end we were served more food than the two of us could possibly eat. And I never thought I would hear myself say such a thing.
    On monday we went up to Parc Guell. Escalators took us up the street. It was a pretty big hill. Parc Guell is another of Gaudi's creations and I felt as though I was in candyland the whole time. The mosaic tilework is amazing and everything he does is just...different, but beautiful, in my opinion. We sat under umbrellas with parrots flying around. My favorite part, haha! The park was really nice and gave a great view of Barcelona. This was the first trek up one of Barcelona's many hills/mountains. After Parc Guell we went to the other side of town up another hilly mountain to see the Olympic Park on Montjuic. There was a worl congress for mobile phones or something like that, so the whole city was crawling with people in suits. To go up to Montjuic we need to go right through where the congress was gathering, of course. Well, we couldn't get through. We ended up walking all the way around and finally found a way to get up the hill. More great views of the city. After finally making it up this hill, we saw the Olympic Stadium. It was realllyy cool to see and surprisingly we got to go in and look around. After this we began our walk back down. Luckily we found a little tram that took us to the bottom of the hill. We still would have been walking down. Plus it was raining today. It rained everyday except our first full day there. We finished with dinner at a place on the harbor. It was the best deal of the trip I think. (besides Morroco of course, but that doesn't count.) For 15 euros each we got: 1) about 2 glasses of wine, tomato bread, a huge plate of calamari, a huge pot of mussels in nice tomato-basil sauce, a meat plate, a cheese plate, salad, and a plate of huge shrimp. 2) the entree: Aunt Nora had paella--a huge plate of rice with even more seafood on it, including crayfish, along with all of the above seafood and other things I don't remember. I had breaded lamb...chops...it was lamb, but not lamb chops...but looked like lamb chops...very oddly shaped.3) dessert-- a lemon sorbet and creme brulee 4) after dinner little spice cakes and 2 shot glasses with about a quarter of a bottle of melocoton....all we wanted to drink. And it was gooood. That was our dinner. I've never seen more food. Soooooo goood.
    Tuesday morning we left for Madrid for just one night.
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