**This was originally posted in my blog “Wait…I’m in Nottingham” on blogger**
Adventures in Barcelona commence
Our adventures in Barcelona start after the crazy 28 hours spent at the East Midland Airport, we finally boarded our plane at 6:40 am on Monday, March 25 to our destination!! Once we got to Barcelona after sleeping during our whole flight, we took a taxi to our hotel that was in the outskirts of Barcelona. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express in Molines de Rei. The room was wonderful and the service was great. After taking another nap and sneaking Matilda into the room, we took off to the city. That was another adventure! We had to take a train that took us to Plaza Catalunya, what we didn’t realize was that the train took 30 minutes to get to the city. On top of the whole our flight getting canceled and stuff, Adri and I were sick.
Once we got to Plaza Catalunya, we realized we were in Barcelona. It sounds silly, but it was like a shock to us since it didn’t look anything like the UK. Personally, I felt like I was back at home in Puerto Rico. The way the streets were, the buildings, the people speaking Spanish (for the most part) and the graffiti everywhere made me feel like I was walking around San Juan. The weather was so nice it was around 18C/64F during the day. It was a nice change from the 0C/32F we had in Nottingham and all of the snow.
Once we got over the shock of being in a new country we started looking for food. Everything was so EXPENSIVE!!!! A Burger King whopper and fries were around 9 Euros! 9 EUROS! So we kept looking and found that KFC was pretty cheap compared to everything else. Another thing that I learned about Barcelona was that they charge you for using the restroom. It was only 20 cents but still, they charge you for going to the restroom! (At least it was a really nice restroom) After the restroom experience, we walked down Las Ramblas and the Marina. I finally got to see the Mediterranean Sea!!
Everything was so beautiful and antique, little balconies in every building, beautiful architecture and a lot of outside eating. Throughout the whole day, I was in pain because the shoes I decided to wear became deathly flat! So we started to go around the small streets of Barcelona and an hour later we found a little store with extremely cheap Chinese shoes that looked like Toms. While looking for shoes we also got lost, but we got to see beautiful streets so we didn’t mind getting lost until we got hungry again. This time we went into this restaurant in Plaza Catalunya that looked really expensive, but it really wasn’t if you got something for the specials board from outside the restaurant. I had a grilled chicken that was big compared to what I thought I was going to get, and I got a grilled tomato and half of a baked potato with a sprite. After eating we decided to get back to the hotel since we were super tired and ready to sleep.
Day 2 in Barcelona
The next day we had to check out since we had reserved only two nights and we lost our first one. When we got to the city we decided since Adri was feeling even worst that we would look for a hostel that we could stay the night since our plan had been to spend the night in the airport and that was not going to work with Adri being that sick. So we went to 3 hostels before finding one. The Alternative Youth House was awesome. while it wasn’t private we did get lockers, the staff was extremely helpful and the location was perfect (right next to Plaza Catalunya and right in front of the bus that we had to take the next morning to get to the airport).
After leaving our stuff at the hostel and asking the receptionist for help, we started to look for landmarks around Barcelona. We walked to Casa Batlló that was that nearest to us. It was beautiful, the colors were so bright and it stood out from everything else around it. After there, we took the metro (it took forever and a little more to get to the right platform) to go see the Sagrada Familia. Once we got there, I had to take a minute to breathe everything in. It was so grand and beautiful. I even started tearing up because that is when I realized that I was really experiencing all of this. We only got to see the outside since we didn’t have time to go inside, but I know that next time I got to Barcelona I have to go inside. It was so beautiful and inspirational, a sight to be seen.
After the Sagrada Familia we bought postcards and sent them to our families and started walking back to the city center and on our way, we looked for La Pedrera or Casa Milà by Gaudí. Another beautiful building and we just sat there and just looked at it. After walking all day around Barcelona we decided to go back to the hostel since we had to wake up at 3 am to catch our flight to Portugal. Barcelona was beautiful even though we had to see it in a rush because we had one day taken away because of the snow. We were only there from 25 of March to 27 of March. Once at the airport, we were super excited because we were going to spend a whole week with our friend Angela and her family in Lisbon.
Adrianna, Me, Matilda
Colombus Monument at Plaça de la Porta de Pau
Small streets in or around of the Gothic Quarter (we didn’t know since we were lost)
Tiny lift we got in trying to look for a hostel
Adventures in Barcelona’s Underground tunnels to the metro
Passeig de Gracia (color changing water in the fountain!!!)