Arpil 14, 2008

Hello everyone! Today I am infact writing you from Barcelona, Spain! The hostel that I am staying at is nice enough to provide us computers for checking email and what not. The best thing of all here is the weather! Coming from Garmisch, I’m very accustomed to wearing a heavy jacket, beanie, and boots; but here a light sweater is only needed in the evening. It reminds me so much of the weather near the beaches of Southern California.

Today it was an adventure enough just to find the hostel! This place has no sign markings out front, only a buzz button with a label next to it the size of a price tag saying “Backpackers BCN”. If it wasn’t for my cat-like reflexes I would never have found the place. After finding my Spanish home, I wandered outside to the main streets and just absorbed the character of the city. They reeeaally like scooters here. From my hostel, I walked to Las Ramblas, a pedestrian zone full of shops, restaurants, and street performers. I walked for a good two hours until I found myself at the port. I took a seat at a bench and took in the first view of a beach since I have been in Europe. The sun had started to set and I had been up since 4pm the day before so I felt it was a good time to call it a day and get some sleep for the next days adventure.

April 15, 2008

A friend of mine from work, Carrie, flew into the city today. She will be here for two days before renting a car with a co-worker, Jess, and driving off to France. Today, we conquered this city by foot! We literally walked from one end to the other only stopping along the way for water, orange juice, gum, trail mix, lunch, and pictures. We saw many of the buildings along the way that make this city famous including the Sagrada Familia designed by Antoni Gaudi which, by the way, has been under construction since the late 1800´s.

We also visited a park he designed for the city called Park Guell, which I guarantee is unlike any park you will ever go to in your life! Away from the buzz of the city we enjoyed booming palm trees, live music, and winding trails that lead to colorful sculptures, and stone passage ways. A top it all, the hills provided breath taking panoramic views of the city and Mediterranean Sea. Carrie and I have plans to take the buses all over the city tomorrow stopping off at whatever looks like fun. I am really itching to go to the beach again!

April 16, 2008

After walking around the city for the past few days, I was sure looking forward to taking the buses around the today.  The best deal for us was to take the touristic buses for 20€.  This was good for an all day pass, unlimited rides on three separate routes and a head set that played music and information about the areas we were driving thru.  Not a bad deal at all as long as you don’t mind riding in a bus that quite effortlessly labels you as a tourist.

But, I think that it was well worth it!  We used one bus to catch a ride down to the beach where we got off and ate sandwiches while walking by the water catching in all the sun; we cruised thru the wild streets focused on the near by architecture and listening to the wonderful history surrounding every inch of the city; we used another bus to get to the Gothic district; and finally topped it all off with the final bus riding around the western part of the city away from the beaches and hustle ‘n’ bustle.  We rode these buses from 10am to almost 7pm. *phew*  Even thou these buses look ridiculous and are typical of tourists, God they were fun.  It was nice to not have to worry for once where they hell you were going.  We just got off where ever our curiosity begged and wandered.  Somehow, by the grace of Hermes, we would make it back to these bright little bus stops and hop on again waiting for whatever was up the road.

April 17, 2007

Today is my last full day here in Barcelona.  Ironically the weather here fits my mood.  I will be sad to leave this crazy city and to make my glum worse, the beautiful Mediterranean sunshine is gone.  It has been raining all day, making travel by foot…wet.  I woke up this morning and took my first shower of the trip…yea much needed, and then sat in the snug, dry hostel with my book.  The rain stopped briefly around noon and feeling hungry I ventured out.  With the sun gone, the city seems to quite down.  I walked down the main road near my hostel looking for the first restaurant that made my mouth water.  About half way down, I ran into this Chinese restaurant that made my hunger pains peak.  It was everything that I had hoped for.  My flight leaves tomorrow at 10am and from the hostel it will take me about 2 hours to get my boarding pass and get thru security.  I also start work again tomorrow at 10pm and need to be well rested for that.  I think that I will call it a day here, start packing up and prepare for leaving this wonderful country and city.

April 18, 2008

Well, here I am now…at work.  Showing off all the pictures with friends, I feel like it was only minutes ago I was in the loud streets of Barcelona.  The minute I get back Andrew and I start talking about travels and our next destination quickly became the topic of our conversation.  France is in July, but what about Greece, Croatia, Italy, or maybe even Belgium.  After all, the traveling season has just began!  Where ever we go I hope that we have the luck and fun that I had in Barcelona, Spain.

I took tons of pictures for you guys so be on the look out for an email.



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