Travel

Sweet Barcelona

Whilst volunteering in London for a couple of months, we (as volunteers) were given a couple of weeks off from work to go on holiday and travel anywhere we wanted to go.

I remember at the beginning of our trip, all of the volunteers were sharing their exciting travel plans. I sat there, jealous as ever. I love London, so I decided not to travel out. But the others sounded so adventurous, I just wanted to join in!

Luckily, one of the volunteers, Bryce, decided to invite me to come along with him to Barcelona. Boy did I pounce on that offer! It was definitely one of the most impulsive decisions I have made thus far, and I am so glad I did. I quickly purchased my plane tickets, booked our hotel, and was anxiously anticipating our little side adventure.

PS. Forgive the quality of my pictures. I didn’t have my camera, only my phone. Plus I’m not a photographer (;

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You know how in romantic movies, or in vivid day dreams some one says “Meet me in Paris” all seductive like? Yeah. That’s kind of how this felt. Bryce and I met up at the Barcelona airport. I was coming from London, and he from Rome.

I was worried about getting stranded at the airport. Fortunately, Bryce did his research and new which bus/metro we needed to take to get to the hotel (I definitely would have been lost without him). barcelonabeach

Of course, since Barcelona is a beach city, we devoted MOST of our time on the warm sand and in the blue water…who wouldn’t??

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We also did a lot of roaming around the city, just off of La Rambla, the major tourist street. My favorite section of the city is the Gothic Quarter.

I have a board on pinterest of places I want to visit…and there happens to be a pin of a bridge in Barcelona. I made it a priority of ours to find it! And what do you know…

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It was right there in the Gothic Quarter. I was so thrilled, I had to get a picture with it (:

barcelonaalleyOf course, there is also the famous Sagrada Familia. It’s been under construction since 1882.

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One evening, Bryce and I decided to climb Mountjuic or Mountain of the Jews. On our way up, we happened to run into the olympic stadium, which is now used for soccer practices.

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We got to a certain point of the hike and decided that we wanted to head back down. So we sat at a bus stop, hoping it was the right one. While waiting, Bryce was nice enough to give me a little pole dancing show…haha

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The bus slowly reached us and we hopped on, not realizing that it was actually going to take us further up the hill. But it was well worth it. It had some amazing views of the city.

barcelonaview  barcelonacityI also want to add on of my favorite attractions for Barcelona: the Water Fountains at the Parliament Building. It’s fantastic how well synchronized the water is with the music. If I remember correctly, the guy who designed the water show also designed one for the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

Day time:

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Night time: barcelonaparliamentnight

 

If you are ever in Barcelona, be sure to check that out!

Also, and I don’t have a picture for this one (dangit!), on La Rambla, there is a food market towards the middle. They sell everything from fresh meats and fish to breads and fruit. And oh. My. Goodness. You HAVE to try the fruit. There’s a huge variety you don’t get in the states. Sweet, delicious, and they even sell them in pure fruit juice form that was so delectable I kept going back for more.

I’ll be back one day…

Mary Jane xx

 
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