Barcelona

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May 10, 2013 by cmcguigan91

I flew into Barcelona on Thursday and prepared for an amazing weekend! I had only heard great things about the city, and I found they were all true.

We flew in late Thursday and went straight to bed. We had rented a room in an apartment for the weekend. 6 people in a small room was a bit cramped, but the location was worth it! The next day our first stop was the Sagrada Família. We marveled at the outside for a bit, and then were told there were too many people to go inside and we should come back later. We decided to go to Park Güell instead! It’s a huge park designed by Antoni Gaudí. It’s a beautiful park with winding paths, unusual structures, and a fantastic panoramic view of Barcelona. We wandered around for a while before heading back to the apartment to make lunch.

Sagrada Família

Sagrada Família

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Park Güell

Park Güell

Park Güell

After lunch, we decided to go back to the Sagrada Família. I am so glad we decided to go inside, because it is one of the most beautiful buildings I’ve ever been in. The stained glass is incredible. The detail on the outside is amazing as well, it’s been said to look like a melting candle. The Sagrada Família is still under construction from when it was started in 1882, I can only imagine how amazing it will be when it is finished and all the stained glass is in place.

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We made dinner at the apartment and then went out! After a few bars, we decided to head to one of the big clubs in Barcelona. We got there and realized we were pretty underdressed… some of the girls I was with had sneakers and jeans, and everyone else there had on high heels and suits! We stood in line, because why not? They turned down the people in front of us for not wearing collared shirts and we thought we had no chance. But instead they let us go right in, no questions asked! It was quite the experience… everything was so classy… We danced the night away and then went home early (4am is early, right?) to get some sleep!

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The next day we went to La Rambla, a street in Barcelona full of shops and kiosks and people everywhere! I absolutely loved it, we spent a while wandering around looking at art and jewelry and drinking fresh smoothies! We stopped at La Boqueria, a huge market full of every food you could dream of. Fruit, chocolate, meat, fish, cheese, bread… we wandered around and got some things for lunch. This was definitely one of my favorite places in Barcelona!

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Fruit

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Fish

Meat Pinxtos

Meat Pinxtos

Yuck!

Yuck!

Then we walked down to the harbor and slept on the beach for a while. People kept coming up to us and asking if we wanted to buy sunglasses, towels, and mojitos, or get massages or henna tattoos  It was annoying! There were so many people there. Barcelona is so touristy, I heard a million different languages being spoken.

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Later that day we went to Montjuïc to see a fountain show. The Palau Nacional on top of the hill was magnificent, and we walked around the Estadi Olímpic. We sat on the steps at the Font Màgica to watch the show but it started to pour so we ran for the metro to head home.

Montjuïc

Montjuïc

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Olympic Stadium

Olympic Stadium

Magic Fountain

Magic Fountain

The next morning I woke up early so I decided to head to the Arco de Triunfo and Parque de la Ciudadela. I am so glad I did, it was beyond beautiful and I walked around by myself for a while before meeting up with the other girls at the Cathedral. We walked around the Gothic area for a while and ate lunch- I had paella of course! Then we walked up La Rambla again and I bought a painting of Don Quijote. Super cool.

Arco de Triunfo

Arco de Triunfo

Parque de la Ciudadela

Parque de la Ciudadela

Cathedral

Cathedral

Paella Valenciana

Paella Valenciana

Art!

Art!

The trip ended on a not-so-great note. We left Sunday night and the plan was to fly into Malaga and catch the 10:30pm bus to Granada. However, our flight was delayed so we missed the bus. We waited around for the 1:30am bus but it was full! We had no choice but to spend the night on the concrete outside the bus station, waiting for it to open to we could take the 7am bus back. It was a long, cold night, but I am glad I was with such a great group of girls.

Only Good Memories

Only Good Memories

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