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  • Day14

    Day 14 - Barcelona - Last Day in Spain!

    September 23, 2017 in Spain

    Our last day in Spain started with an unsuccessful search for the perfect breakfast! Then we relaxed for a couple of hours on the beach near our Airbnb before venturing out for a good lunch and our favorite beach. For lunch, we had a delicious green salad, shrimp in garlic sauce, and mussels in marinara sauce. Then we continued the long walk down the boardwalk to our favorite soft sandy beach. On the walk back, we decided to stop in and watch the Mountain Dew street skateboarding competition. Then, after a little rest and showers, we headed off into the crazy busy part of Barcelona for dinner. The end of summer festivities are going on this weekend and things are a bit crazy - parades, drum circles, and fireworks all over. We ended up going to a delicious ramen restaurant for dinner - not quite the typical Spanish meal for our last dinner in the country, but it was so good! We walked back and enjoyed a bit of the festivities before returning home. We fly to Venice tomorrow afternoon!Read more

  • Day13

    Day 13 - Barcelona - Gaudi

    September 22, 2017 in Spain

    We walked A LOT today!! After a yummy breakfast, we first walked about 2.5 miles to Gaudi's magnificent Sagrada Familia cathedral. Unfortunately, there was a lottery going on this weekend only for free tickets, so the purchased tickets were limited and are sold out until we leave Barcelona!! So, we only got to check out the outside, which is amazing on its own. Next, we walked another 2 miles to Gaudi's crazy Park Guell (eating Chinese food on the way!). By the time we got to the top of the mountain at the park, we were completely exhausted. We took a cab back for an early evening siesta. After we woke up, we went to yet another amazing tapas dinner. Then we walked it off on the boardwalk (with a short attempt at joining in on some salsa dancing) and through a small carnival set up for this weekend's end of summer festival.

    Tomorrow - more beach time!!
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  • Day3

    Barcelona ❤

    January 8, 2017 in Spain

    Heute waren wir das erste mal am Strand und es ist so herrlich hier. In der Sonne haben wir um die 18 Grad . 😍😍 so lässt sich ein Winter aushalten .

    Gondelfahrt über die Stadt mit wahnsinns Ausblick . 😄

  • Day2

    Beach-Time

    April 16, 2016 in Spain

    It's been over a year since I've been at my last beach in Mexico. And it feels awesome...

    Sometimes (well most of the time) I wonder why I haven't moved to a city with a beach yet! ☀🏄

  • Day15

    Day 11 - docked in Barcelona

    April 23, 2017 in Spain

    Today was our changeover day.  We felt like we were pretty busy - for one thing, I already typed this up and lost it. For another, we had to be out of our cabin by 9 am then fill time until we could get into our new cabin around 1.

    One thing that was nice was that we were able to wander around the ship and take some photos without a bunch of people around.  People started coming on at about noon.  We are seeing less children - no more spring breakers.

    We were cut free from our safety drill because the crew running our muster station knew we had already done one within the last two weeks (even though we are in a different room and assigned to a different station which should mean we need to attend again).  sue and Mark had to stay for the whole drill.

    Our stateroom is the same category although it is two decks lower and the reverse floor plan.  Like the floor plan better (bed is by the balcony instead of closer to the door) but there is a lot less storage.  Our room steward Made (Mahday) seems helpful and attentive.

    Had a nice dinner in the buffet watching our sail away and then we went to the spa and watched the sunset out the stern of the ship.
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  • Day18

    Tag 3/3 in Barcelona

    August 29 in Spain

    Für den heutigen Tag war ab mittags nicht so gutes Wetter angesagt. Also bin ich etwas früher aufgestanden als sonst, um noch ausreichend Sonnenstrahlen einzufangen.
    Am Strand war schon recht viel los. Das Wetter schien erst doch besser zu sein als vorhergesagt, doch mit den ersten Regentropfen kurz nach 13 Uhr hat sich der Strand geleert. Auch ich bin geflüchtet.
    Am Nachmittag wollte ich noch einen Markt besuchen. Im letzten Jahr konnten Tom und ich an einem Markt Renovierungsarbeiten beobachten. Dort sah es jetzt wirklich toll aus, allerdings waren mehr als die Hälfte der Stände wegen der Sommerpause geschlossen.
    Barcelona ohne Sagrada Familia, ohne Parque Guëll... Diese Touri-Sachen habe ich schon zweimal gesehen. Tja stattdessen bin ich dann in die Ober-Touri-Falle getappt: "La Boqueria" auf den "Ramblas". Tja wenn man unbedingt auf einen Markt gehen möchte und dann nicht Nein sagen kann, werden einem Sachen angedreht und man gibt ordentlich Geld aus. Diese eine negative Erfahrung in Barcelona ist aber halb so wild bei all den positiven Dingen.
    Abends war es wieder so nett mit den Mädels in der WG. Wir sind alle sehr auf den Geschmack von "Clara" gekommen. Das ist Radler, allerdings nicht mit typischer süßer Sprite, sondern irgendwie spritziger.
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  • Day16

    Day 2 in Barcelona! I cannot reiterate enough... i love this city.

    We started out the day by snoozing our alarms... Between the heat and the men throwing metal around outside our window at 6am (what is the purpose?!) ... We needed a little extra sleep.

    After a few rounds hitting the snooze button, we finally got up and started our day. Stop #1 was the fruit market for some much needed fruit breakfast! I had raspberries and a multi fruit juice which was the perfect way to start our day. We then headed out to the hop on hop off bus for our day checking out all of the sites Barcelona has to offer.

    We started out on the orange line: line number 1. On this line we travelled around the east part of the city. We saw various sites and structures (including the port, the beaches and some beautoful towers) but the most amazing stop was the Sagrada Familia. Still under construction, this gorgeous basilica was the masterpiece of the architech Gaudi.. And it truly is a masterpiece. We couldnt get inside because the tickets were already sold out (noooooo) but we took plenty of time to wander around the facade and take in the beauty. I cannot begin to describe how this church looked.. Pictures honestly don't even do it justice. If you get a chance to go... Go.

    Next up, we toured around and saw a few more areas of the city which gaudi had a hand in designing, and learned about the various quarters and thebreasoning behind each of the buildings. Barcelona honestly has one of the most interesting architectural layouts I have ever seen, and it seems like every single block has a reason for existing.

    After heading to the mountain (tibidabo), we came back to the starting point to meet our friend Pheobe for lunch. Now if you guys don't remember Pheobe, she was one of our first roommates in Dublin at the hostel. We added her on facebook befoee she left and have been watching each other as we travel. We just happened to be in Barcelona at the same time, so we decided to meet up!

    We had lunch at this cute place on the Las Romblas strip called Moka, and honestly the food was so, so good. I had a veal burger with all the fixings and a special mushroom based sauce and omg... It was delicious. It was so reasonably priced, honestly we might go back tomorroe. So after an extended lunch just chatting and resting, Pheobe went to check out Sephora (at our recommendation) and we headed out to line #2.

    The second line was a tour through the Olympic village and upper class housing, various castles and churches and epic streets. Our favourite stops, however, were the lookout at the height of the mountain which was absolutely AMAZING for its views. We snuck onto the restaurant patio for a panoramic view (ok, I bought oreo ice cream) and the headed back to the bus for the next few stops. We ended up at Camp Nau... Football Club Barcelona's stadium. Unfortunately, it was closed but hey... We can go back tomorrow!

    After all of the touring, we headed back to our place to grab a bottle of wine and are now sitting on the beach, drinking it and taking in the sights. One more day ahead of us in Barcelona, more adventures await!
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  • Day15

    Guess what? YES, we made it to Barcelona!

    Don't worry about what Vueling has to deal with now. We're fighting to get reimbursed on our accommodations we lost and on our checked baggage fees. They offered us an 8 £ voucher which couldn't even get us a sandwich and a drink, but thankfully we waited through the b.s to not being our trip down.

    Upon arriving to Bracelona, after Bre and Tay call it the worst flight ever (I ACTUALLY slept - miracle for me), we were amazed by the beautiful palm trees that awaited us from the subway exit.

    We checked into our place, a little different from the pictures, but a bed is a bed. We're only here two nights and it's in an AMAZING location - I guess there is nothing to complain about. Also a huge shout out to our friend Anil for showing us the ropes, getting us to the place and letting us borrow his phone!

    Once checked in, we quickly put on our bathing suits and off to the beach we went (oh and tje beach is a topless beach). We ended up sleeping on the beach from 7 30am to about 10 30am. We woke up to a million people on the beach, and Bree and I have a wicked sunburn (it's our 'base').

    Around 1, we headed back to the hotel and showered. Off we went to the shopping district. People weren't kidding when they said Bracelona has great shopping.

    Now, I'm currently blogging from the beach as we enjoy the beauty of the ocean and night sky.
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  • Day16

    Guess where we are again!? Yup, enjoying the beautiful night at Barceloneta beach (especially after spending day of heat).

    This morning, after a night of sleeping in the heat, we said "fuck you" to the alarm and took full advantage of another nights sleep. I surprisingly slept a lot better than I expected to in the heat, but then again, tonight's our last night.

    We grabbed a quick smoothie and cup of fruit at the market before taking a 'Hop on, hop off' bus tour. It was such a great idea as we got to see so much of the city. Barcelona's not like the other cities as everything isn't in walking distance. Unfortunately we wanted to see the Magic Fountain, but it only operated 3 days a week, 3 hours a day. The same happened with the soccer stadium (the opening hours). So, our plan tomorrow is to visit tomorrow afternoon, before our night bus to Madrid! The bus tour was a great way to learn about the city, but some information was provided that was useless. On the green line, much of the building's and such were built for the Olympics. They were meant to be temporary, but with much demand from city, they became permanent sites. The Sagrada Familia was breath taking - especially seeing it still under construction - unfortunately we didn't get to go inside as the tickets for the day were all sold out and the only time available was at night when we wouldn't be in that area. The Sagrada Familia can also be seen by the hospital, where Gaudi passed away.

    Also, it was beautiful to see the inclusion of Gaudi a lot of the structures. The beautiful mosaics ❤. We saw the old bull ring, that has now been turned into ANOTHER mall (there's about 5 million here).

    For lunch, we ate lunch at Moka in Las Ramblas where we met Phoebe, one of our roommates from Dublin. She is such a ball to be around - so friendly and charming. We've convinced her to add Montreal to her trip (she's traveling for 9 months - Europe, Caribbean, U.S and Canada). We're so stoked. Our lunch was incredibly good - only our second sit down meal - and it kept us full all day.

    Don't worry we splurged and had ice cream cone before heading to he beach. Yum yum. Well deserved with this heat!

    Sitting at the beach, the girls and I were talking about how fast the days have been passing, yet, there's so much time left. I'll be sad to leave the girls when they continue to Greece!
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  • Day16

    I dont know where to begin!

    When we left off last night, we were sitting on the beach drinking a bottle of wine. Relaxing on Taylor's beach blanket, watching the sunset and trying to unwind before leaving for Madrid tomorrow.

    Well fast forward to 5am... Now theres a few cases of beer gone and we have made new friends from England, Ireland and France. I love Europe. We make friends with then most amazing people.. Many love to share their beer with us! #RIPromper

    So after walking home obviously completely sober, we slept for a few hours before getting up to pack and check out. Now if we complained about the room being small, crowded and hot before... That's nothing compared to trying to deal with it and a hangover. Ohhhh boy.

    Needless to say, we survived.. Packed our stuff, brought it to the bus station via metro (where we 300% almost passed out) to lock our bags, and set off for our last day before the bus to Madrid at 11:30pm.

    First stop: Camp Nou, Football Club Barcelona's home arena. Now we all know Im not the largest football (soccer) fan, but it was an incredible feeling to stand in one of the worlds largest arenas and feel what it must be like to be a fan or a player. I learned so much about football ⚽ and we even stumbled upon a hockey arena (leave it to the Canadians)!

    After an AMAZING lunch of spaghetti (followed by a burger for me), we headed to the boardwalk by the beach so I could pick up some goods from the street vendors and soak up the last of the beach before heading to the bus station. When it was finally time to leave, we hopped on the night bus and were taken to Madrid by a man who seemed like he had never driven stick in his life. 8 hours later, we are in Madrid! Olaaaaaaaa 🌊
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