Rushing for the train to Barcelona

Trip Start Sep 25, 2009
Trip End Nov 04, 2009

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Flag of Spain and Canary Islands  , Catalonia,
Friday, October 9, 2009

Packed up things this morning for train to Barcelona leaving at 10:30am. So much easier to travel with my smaller case. I knew exactly where the station was as i'd passed it several times in my travels; got there in decent time and had some food. What i'd forgotten is that i needed to have my euro rail pass validated. By the time i checked in for the train and the woman had told me this i had 7 minutes!! Down stairs, back out of security check i raced to find the place to get a stupid stamp. I was determined not to miss this train. Got the stamp, back thru security and ran to the check-in counter. Lucky i had got there in time. Was so relieved to get onto the train. It started moving about 30 secs later.

I'm pretty sure the travel agent has booked me Business Class for my rail tickets. It was really nice; what i thought Eurostar was going to be crossing the channel. Caught up on sleep for much of the way. The view was alright too; interior is dry and arid looking, with vineyards the closer u get to the coast.

Got lost trying to find the hotel once i got off the underground train. It's another nice hotel; room is only a single with a view of nothing. My immediate impression of Barcelona is what i expected of Spain. I found Madrid just like any traditional Western city, but Barcelona seems to have a unique appeal. Had most of the afternoon to explore the local area, then at night i went into the main shopping district to have a look around.
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