The Beautiful Barcelona
We did it! Kathleen and I made Barcelona happen this weekend…. We got on a bus to Dublin and from there got on Ryan air for a 2-hour plane ride.
When we arrived in Reus, Spain we then took a bus to Barcelona. It was such a nice ride. The weather was around 80 and I saw nothing but sunshine.
Right when we arrived at the hotel (H10) we grabbed our purses and began wondering the beautiful city. We were located near an area called Las Ramblas, which was very crowded and had many shops and places to eat. There were ice cream shops, souvenir shops, clothing shops, and pharmacies around every corner.
We decided to take a tour bus called the Barcelona Bus Turistic. It was amazing! We got to see most everything we wanted to in the course of a day. I saw a lot of Gaudi's artwork, which consisted of many glass windows and melt like buildings. All of his work was tall and had much detail. My favorite place the bus stopped at was the Park Guell. There was so much to see and do around the park. It was also great to see the Futbol Club Barcelona. The city of Barcelona thrives around this soccer team and their jerseys hung from flagpole to flag pole proudly.
All of my meals were fantastic. At the first restaurant I ordered a hamburger because I was nervous to try any of the other items on the menu because most of it was fish. To my surprise a hamburger in Barcelona is way different from a hamburger in the states. It had so many flavors and was cooked to perfection. My favorite part about this meal was the bread they brought out. It was covered in tomato sauce, fresh Parmesan, and oil. Every bite was blasted with flavor!
I also enjoyed my meal the fallowing night. Kathleen and I shared a rice and chicken meal. I couldn't stop eating it. But my favorite part was the desert. It was a chocolate like cake filled with vanilla crème! YUM!
The people in Barcelona are so unique. Many of the boys have the fo-hawk hairstyle going on and most wear tanks with short shorts. The women were typically tall and slender with dark features.
Communicating with the people from Spain was a bit difficult, but exciting at the same time. It was nice to freshen up on my Spanish!
We walked down the streets of Las Ramblas to do some light shopping. This was a hopping area full of people and music. We even saw a beautiful bride walk the streets with her party behind her!
On the plane ride home I met two beautiful Spanish girls Marina and Mariona. They were around the age of 14 and so excited I was their first American friend! I was just as excited as them and we all couldn't stop talking to each other. I helped them learn some English, and they helped me with some Spanish. They were traveling to Ireland to stay in a home with a family here for two weeks. I hope to meet up with them again, but if not I am so blessed to have met some new friends from Spain and we can keep in touch through facebook!
Also on the way home at the airport, Kathleen and I met a lady who works for the peace corp. and was recently in Africa helping with the troubles of AIDS. She told us she has been many places around the world and was excited to finally have a chance to go to Ireland. She lived in one suitcase and was used to showering with dirty water, walking 4 miles to get the water, having no make up, living with one pair of socks, and all sorts of things. I honored her strength and power. To live with just one bag of goods seems crazy to me. It really made me treasure all I have and what my family and friends do for me.
I miss and love you all so much!
It was quite a thrilling weekend and one that I will never forget. I had a blast with Kathleen!