Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Barcelona

Last week I decided to put on my travelling hat and fly to Barcelona. Accompanying me were my friends Merideth, Elan and Alyssa.

Upon arrival, I realized that my Spanish would be helpful, but I absolutely do not speak the language of the region, Catalan. It looks like a weird mixture of French, Spanish and a secret code language that includes a lot of Xs. We met up with two other SAISers, Natalya and Alix our first night for some delicious paella at Marina Moncho's.


We spent the rest of the night wandering the warm, well-lit streets of the city. Finally returning to our hostel, conveniently located on Rambla, one of the city's main drags, Alyssa and I decided to keep the night going by going to a nearby club and dancing until the wee hours of the morning. When in Barcelona, dance as the Spaniards do...


The next morning, I woke up early and got some reading done on the hostel's beautiful, sunny roof with a view of Plaza Real.

We all walked up to Park Güell, a crazy wonderland of architecture by the famous Antoni Gaudí and also made a stop at Gaudí's Sagrada Familia, a weird church with fruit for steeples that has been under construction since 1889.


Afterwards, we commenced on a hours-long bar-hopping tapas adventure that filled me with the most delicious small plates of food, glasses of cava and sangria.

Followed by the obligatory post-gorge clubbing, we retired to our beds for a night of Spanish slumber... only to start eating again the next day.


On day three (Monday), Merideth, Alyssa and I ate at La Rita, which I can't really describe but highly recommend. We met up with Elan and Natalya as the sun was setting at La Champagneria, which has delicious cava (Spanish champagne) by the glass and little bocadillos, which are tasty litte fried snacks. From La Champagneria, we conitnued the eating with dinner reservations at a place we had seen earlier, and then continued on, enjoying tapas in 3 or 4 more bars in the neighborhood.



Obligatory dancing until the wee hours, etc., etc...


Barcelona was a good time.