The last stop: Barcelona.
I would describe Barcelona as the city with everything you could possibly ask for. The city? Check. The beach? Check. Night life? Check. Yummy food? Check. "I'm going to go broke" Shopping? Check. And the list goes on.
The first day I arrived, I explored streets around my apartment in the Barri Gòtic area and then made my way to La Sagrada Familia. Usually on these trips in Europe, I get "churched" out, but this Cathedral had me mesmerized. Guadí's architecture is world-class. The interior of La Sagrada Familia is filled with spiny tree-like columns and illuminating stained glass. I also got to tour one of the bell towers, which took me all the way up a windy staircase to the top of the tower.
Day two consisted of walking, eating, and more walking. I hit Park Güell, another one of Guadí's works, where there were unique designed buildings and mosaics. For lunch, I decided to visit one of Barcelona's famous markets - Mercat de la Boqueria - off of La Rambla street. This market had everything from fresh seafood caught that morning to zoma (fruit juices) to vegan wraps... Yum!
Because we only had three days in BCN, laying out at the beach would have been not the smartest way to make of my time, so just a dip in the Mediterranean Sea would do. The Barcelona beaches are full of young people - 'full' being the key word here - the beach was so crowded. But regardless of the packed beach, the water was blue as can be.
The last day of my trip and last day in Spain was a great way to end. I got up in the morning, went searching for a good cup of cafe con leche and a croissant, then made my way to the Olympic Village. The massive Olympic structures guided me towards the Palau Nacional, which wasn't even on my list to see, such a treat! Approaching the now art museum, I felt like on a National Treasure movie set - fountains, statues, and important historic things were surrounding me. I finished up the night with last minute shopping and delicious tapas, sangria, and gelato (of course!).
Here are some pictures of the visit!
Leaving is always bittersweet. Sad to be leaving such a beautiful country, but happy to start my summer in the real world. Hasta luego Epaña!