This story was taken from my blog I had while studying abroad in 2013, so it’ll be in present tense.
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I’m a little late on updating, but Second Session started the day after I returned from Barcelona, so I had to get my life together again lol.
We took a bus from Toulouse to Barcelona which was about 8 hours. That meant a lot of sleep and all the snacks we could fit into our carry on bags. We literally had food, which was really baguettes and jam!
Once we got to Barcelona we checked into our hotel, Catalonia Atenas and had one of the best rooms in the whole hotel. Our rooms were on the 10th floor (the last floor) of the hotel and we had a balcony with an amazing view of the city!
The first night we went out to dinner with Brittany’s friends from church who were studying there for the summer. I had the famous dish of the city, Paella. It was very delicious!
After bar hopping, we ended up at a music festival and decided to get some ice cream while watching the performances!
The next day we went out to be tourists and saw La Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, and some houses by Gaudi. Gaudi in my opinion made everything in Barcelona because he has numerous houses (museums), parks and such that were inspired by him.
The hike up to Park Guell, man! That was literally forever and ever. We walked up the never ending hill for what seemed to be almost 15 minutes. Luckily in between the long stretch, there were elevators to take you higher and higher. After huffing and puffing, I finally made my way up!
There were more pretty views and houses that Gaudi made here as well. The Museum of Gaudi was also there, and was pretty cool! I liked the way he sculpted the houses.
We ran into an awesome band , and got to take a pic with them (:
The day after we visited more tourists sites and parks. There was Parc de la Ciutadella, & the Arc de Triomf (Barcelona style). It’s sort of similar to the original Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
My favorite part of the whole trip was experiencing the night life! We went to the number one club in the city. It was called Club Catwalk, and they were NOT lying when they said it was the #1 spot! The club was packed and there were two floors: Downstairs was the techno floor and upstairs was the hip hop club. We had a amazing time and partied like the Spaniards would. It was crazy because the club didn’t open until midnight and closed at 6 am! Unlike clubs in America that open at 9/10 and close at 2. It was definitely an experience!
The last day we went to Barcelonetta Beach and visited our last museum – Museu Nacional D’art de Catalunya and hiked up Montjuic.
Overall, I had a really amazing time! I didn’t want to leave, we all didn’t actually. I definitely will be visiting again!
bisous, Bree ❤