Into the Pyrenees

Trip Start Jun 24, 2011
Trip End Jul 04, 2011

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

I thought I woke up early in Barcelona and had a little time for siteseeing before having to catch the bus, but it turns out my iPhone was still on England time (1 hour behind). I took the subway to the stop Marina :)  to make sure I could find the bus station and got my ticket. Walked around just a little but knew I didn't have enough time to make it to Segrada Familia (I could see it) so went back to the hostel, got my stuff and headed back to the bus station. I was nice and handed off my subway day pass to a new arrival (travelers gotta look out for each other).

The three hour bus ride to Andorra was alright. There was some nice mountain scenery and hill towns. After arriving in the main town of Andorra la Vella, I headed off to my hotel, which wasn't too far from the bus station. The hotel room was nice (especially after hostel). It was only early afternoon so I had time to catch another bus to the small town of Ordino. It was cute, though not much to see. If I had more time, it would be a good place for a hike. There was a wedding going on while I was there and the people were shooting off confetti and fireworks. I had a crepe and cider at a cafe with outdoor seating there. Caught the bus back to Andorra la Vella to look around its old town. Just a little to see there. Most of the town is shopping - Andorra has low taxes so attracts other Europeans. Even with their lower taxes, prices are significantly higher than America. I walked through one of their parks and along the river to Caldea Spa. It's one of the biggest in Europe, but I didn't go in ($60 entrance fee). I looked around town more and found a grocery store to get some provisions for my bus ride the next day. The hotel's wi-fi signal was spotty and slow so I wasn't able to FaceTime with Marina, but at least chat still worked. Since I had to be awake super early, I went to bed early.
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