01/02/2012 11 °C
What a great thing to be able to say that I woke up on a Saturday morning in Barcelona, Spain. Although the weather was rainy (and stayed that way on and off the entire day), I couldn't have been more excited to start the day! I took a shower, had a clementine, and hung around while everyone woke up and got ready for the day. When all were ready (I spent time with 6 of the 8 of us that stayed in our room - the others had their own rooms and quite stayed with themselves the whole weekend. the other two in my room are 2 friends, one that's part of our trip and one that lives in Norway who was coming to visit for the weekend! They met in high school when the Norway girl came to study abroad for a year, so it was really cute to see bicontinental friends be reunited like that!), we headed "downtown" to get some lunch. We went down a side street of the main "strip" (for lack of a better word) of Calle de Ramblas, because I knew that it wouldn't be as expensive as eating on the main street that caters to tourists. We found this great restaurant that had this deal that for 12.65 euro, you get a first course, a second course, a drink and dessert!! there were so many yummy options, and I chose grilled vegetables for my first plate and then cod fish in a tomato and white bean sauce for my second. SO GOOD. and I could tell my body was so happy with me for giving it a huge bundle of healthy and nutrient-dense food!! I felt so good
From there we went shopping a bit. In Spain, the entire month of January has rebajas, or Sales. It's for the 3 Kings Day celebration. How nice is that, to love the clothes you see in the fashion capital of Spain and to actually be able to afford them!! We spent about an hour going in and out of shops, but it was raining at that time so it was a bit of a struggle to hassle with our umbrellas!
From there, and this is going to be a part of my trip that will probably have the most amount of pictures, we went to this place called Parc de Guell. This was built by the same guy that built the Cathedral from the day before! It was sprinkling as we ascended up the huuuge hill to to the top where the park was, but pretty much by the time we got to the entrance, the sky was clearing up! And here come the pictures!!!
These last two pictures are actually really cool - There is a show called America's Next Top Model, in which girls compete to show that they deserve to be the model that is chosen to get a modeling contract and other prizes. This here is the site of one of a America's Next Top Model's final fashion shows!! we didn't even plan on finding it, and no one remembered that so long ago there was a season that sent them to Barcelona, and then we realized where we were! We did indeed pretend to be fashion models walking down the runway; it was a lot of fun to make that kind of discovery!
So as you can see, THAT experience was definitely a very very interesting and fun one! So much of this city really gets my creative juices flowing!! After this, we went back on the Metro to start our night again. We had dinner at this place by the Hostel at this little bar/cafe thing that didn't seem to really want us there very much. Seemed more like a family place, and the Barcelona game was on as we were there so I think they were mad that we took some of their seats! oh well! I got this veggie omelet (I expected a Spanish omelet type thing with potato, but it was this normal flat egg omelet) that took up the entire plate (!!!) and a glass of wine that only cost me 1 euro!
After dinner we hung out for a while and then got ready for the awesome night we had planned. Can you say, ==ICE BAR?!== yep, we went to ICE BARcelona, which is the first ice bar in the world! It's cool too, it's really right right on the beach, so I can't imagine how fun it would be to go there in the summer after a day on the beach! Here are the pictures!
How cool is this place?!?! Really an awesome place to say I've been to. The only thing I would change is the fact that I wore flats there, instead of any kind of boot to keep my feet warmer. Oh well! We only stayed in there for about 20 minutes because everyone was ready to be warmed up! After the bar we headed to a club right next to it and spent the rest of the night there!
Sunday, we pretty much just got lunch on the main street and then headed to the airport and walked and shopped around until it was time to go to the gate. After the flight, we took a bus back and me and Julia were back in the apartment by 11 pm. Our host mom so nicely made us chicken and pasta alfredo (what happened to a nice bag of mixed vegetables?), then we were in bed by about 1 am. Then started our last few days in Granada! Updates to come soon