Last weekend my travels took me back to Spain! Ally and I left the cold Parisian weather for a warmer, sunnier city and spent the weekend visiting Sydney and Sammi in Barcelona! I’ve been so excited to go to Barcelona and let me tell you, the city really did live up to all the hype.
We flew in late Friday night, so the real fun started Saturday! Each day was jam packed with cool things to see and do. First, we went to the bunkers, which had the most amazing panoramic view of the entire city! Despite tripping and falling in front of an entire class of small children, it was still one of my favorite things about the weekend. I would definitely recommend it, I don’t know how you could find a better view, plus it was free! After that, we took a quick bus to Park Guell and walked around there for a while! Gaudi’s architecture is so different than anything else I have seen, I felt as if I was walking around a gingerbread village.
At around 3:00 (I will never get used to the late meals in Spain) we headed over to the beach to have the most amazing lunch ever. Sydney made us reservations at a restaurant called Xup Xup, and we sat and ate paella and drank sangria on the beach! The weather was beautiful and the food was delicious; all in all it was the perfect afternoon. That night we fully embraced the Barcelona lifestyle and went out to some of our friends’ favorite bars.
The next morning, we got up and ate brunch at a place called Milk. It was so cute and cozy, and the food was amazing! We then made our way to the Arc de Triomf, aka the Spanish Arc de Triomphe. It was interesting to see how the two cultures designed two similar things in such different ways! After, we then spent a few hours sitting in the Ciutadella Park enjoying the beautiful weather. Before turning in for a chill movie night back in the apartment, we continued to eat the most delicious food at a really amazing tapas bar that I can’t remember the name of to save my life. I’ve decided that tapas are the best invention ever because it means I don’t have to decide what I want to order, we can just eat everything on the menu!
Our last day in Barcelona started off with a tour of the Sagrada Familia while our friends were in class. I was so shocked when I walked inside; it was nothing like I imagined! The rainbow stained glass windows were my favorite part. We then met back up with Sydney and walked down La Rambla, including a quick pit stop at a bakery called Choke, where I got a cronut, aka the cross between a croissant and donut! 10/10 would recommend. Sydney took us to the biggest market ever, where we wandered around for a while and tried some fresh fruit and empanadas. After we were finished we headed down to the marina and walked along the water until lunch, when we met up with Sammi and got sandwiches from the famous Bo de B. I didn’t think I was that hungry after the market and bakery, but it was so good that I ate almost the entire thing.
The weekend was spent with great food and even better friends, so it really could not have been better. If you couldn’t tell, I’m obsessed with Spanish food, so I was pretty much in heaven all weekend. There is no way that was my last time in Barcelona!
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