• Day79

    La Sagrada Familia

    August 16, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    It feels great to be a cheetah girl again! The band is back together in Barcelona! We celebrated our return to the land of paella with a tasty set menu lunch. Our travels made us tired so we then rested for a bit in the hostel. Our hostel this time, Kabul party hostel, is the oldest hostel in the city and one of the most famous party hostels in the world. The hostel was nice but had some strong prison vibes. All the walls looked really old, there was a security guard at reception, all the lights and water in the bathrooms were set on timers lasting about 10 seconds requiring you to constantly turn them back on, and the pipes of the shower burn you if you touch them. However, even in prison we were able to get a good power nap! When we were recharged it was time for us to go to our schedule entrance to La Sagrada Familia. We gave ourselves plenty of time to get there based on our planned metro route, however we discovered once we got to the station that the line we needed to take was closed for repairs. Since the wait for an Uber was 12 minutes our only hope was to take another metro for a few stops and then book it by foot. I read horror stories online about people who showed up a minute after their allotted time and were denied entrance so we wound up sprinting a mile through the streets of Barcelona hoping that this would not be our fate. Luckily we made it there at the last possible minute in our time slot. They weren’t really checking ticket times anyway so we probably would have been fine without sprinting, but it was still a huge relief to make it just in time. After getting past ticketing we sat outside the church for a bit to catch our breath. It was an excellent place to rest since we were entertained by the intricacies of the nativity facade while cooling down. Once we were ready to explore the church we picked up our audio guides. The guides did a great job explaining the history of the church, as well as the meaning behind some of its design. The church was Gaudí, the architects, dream. He became so consumed in working on the church that he lived in it for the last few years of his life. They have continued following Gaudís specifications for building the church, and plan to be finished in 2026, 100 years after his death. They have quite a bit of work ahead of them since even the tallest steeple has yet to be built. I believe they can do it though because the church is dramatically more finished than when I visited it 10 years prior. The audio tour began where we were sitting, facing the nativity facade. This was my favorite facade became it was colorful with many plants and animals. My favorite part was the turtles that held up the pillars. The tour next went inside the church. Walking in the church was an unreal experience. The interior is absolutely breathtaking with huge ceilings made to look like trees. The interior is made to reflect nature and give the feeling of being in a forest. There are breathtaking stained glass mosaic windows all along the inside of the church that splash color onto all the walls and columns. Being there in the afternoon allowed us to see it all in great lighting. Pictures truly don’t do it justice. It’s crazy to think that it’s not even completed yet. The center area has more windows that light will project in from, and there are more mosaics still being finished. I think I will return to Barcelona after 2026 just to see the finished project, I know it’ll be quite a spectacle. The audio tour ended at the crucifixion facade which was harsher in appearance than the nativity facade, yet still very detailed. When we were done with our tour we went back in the church and sat in the pews enjoying the beauty until closing. Being there right before it closed allowed us to be one of the few people in the church which was a really cool experience. We also go to hear music playing which was awesome hearing how it would echo along such a massive space. When we were finally kicked out due to the church’s closing we went to a nearby cafe for sangria and nachos. We then made our way back to the hostel to join the bar crawl. The bar crawl cost 15 euro and included a drink at the hostel, 3 shots at each of the three bars, and entrance to the club. Each of the three bars before the club were small bars along the beach that were all very small and played for the most part weird mixes of popular songs from 5 years ago. The shots were also more like juice but at least they tasted good! The club we went to is called Opium and it’s one of the hottest clubs in Barcelona. Being a part of the hostel allowed us to skip the long entrance line which was really nice. The club was super fancy when we got in, it was definitely the nicest club I’ve ever been inside. We each bought beers when we entered and were shocked to find out they cost 8 euros each after ordering them. This was a big rip off since they were just Heineken. I guess it makes sense why they took us to so many bars to pregame before hand! We only stayed until about 2:30 since Naomi was getting really tired. We then ubered back to our hostel and went to sleep in our prison cells!Read more