Monday, August 20, 2012

Barcelona!

After a busy week at home, I've moved back to Boston and settled in on campus, so I finally have a chance to sit down and write my post about my trip to Barcelona with Stephanie!

We spent four days in Barcelona, which gave us a chance to go sight seeing, experience the nightlife, swim in the Mediterranean, and relax on the beach.  On our first night in the city, we decided to go out for a drink or two.  The thing about the tourist cities in Spain is that bar/club employees stand outside on the main streets and offer you coupons for free drinks and try to convince you to go to their bars. Most of the time, we just said "no, gracias" and kept on walking, but finally we gave in when one guy said, "just come on, it's a lot of fun!"  We followed him up to a crowded bar filled with people from all different countries and introduced us to the bartender, Salvatore, as "the American girls!"  We got a big welcome, and Salvatore found barstools and told us to sit at a table with the Germans.  We ended up having a great time, and spent the entire weekend hanging out with our new German friends.  On our last night out together, we decided to pay Salvatore another visit.  His bar was packed again, but he recognized the Germans right away, and kicked people out of our table from the first night so that we could sit there.  Needless to say, they were rather confused.  

Barcelona is an incredible city, and we got to see sights such as "La Sagrada Familia," a Basilica designed by the famous architect Antoní Gaudí.  The project was commissioned in 1883, and construction is estimated to be completed between 2026 and 2028.  We also visited Camp Nou, the home of Futbol Club Barcelona, arguably the best soccer team in Spain, and Europe.

El Gotic - this is the neighborhood of Barcelona where we stayed

The balcony at our hostel.


Passeig de Gracia

Camp Nou

Giant people-puppets dancing in a plaza.
La Sagrada Familia


La Sagrada Familia, opposite facade
Me with our German friend, Tim
Steph with Tim's brother, Mike
The German brothers with our bartender, Salvatore!



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