Because I am a shameless people pleaser, you have two options on how you’d like to read my blog posts about Barcelona.
Option 1: Abridged Version – this version will be included in this post, and it’s for those of you who just want a general idea of how my time in Barcelona went. I’m just going to touch on the highlights and not go into details. No pictures. If this is your choice, then ignore the next five posts you see about Barcelona. But keep an eye out for Splang Saturdays!
Option 2: Excruciating Detail Version – this version will span a series of five posts: my arrival in Barça, my first night in Barça, Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3. Each one will be the length of a small Constitution, and will include various pictures and links to videos that I have uploaded, along with every detail I could possibly recollect.
There is no happy medium, because I wouldn’t know how to write it. Barcelona was just SO MUCH action packed into slightly over 3 days. So, this is my offer. I know some people just like to hear the general gist of things, while others like a story to be told. Whichever option you prefer, the choice is yours! With that, let’s jump right into the Abridged Version, shall we?
Thursday: I caught a Ryanair flight to Barcelona and arrived at 10:00 PM. After being warned about the perils of the city by a friendly Brazilian, I began my race against the clock to get to my hostel. I had exactly 2 hours before the metro would close for the night, and there was a very real possibility that I might end up stranded by myself in a metro station. Two hours, one train and three metro rides later, I emerged victorious from the metro station closest to my hostel, where I was met by my travel companion, Katherine. After checking in and getting settled we wanted to get food, and were given directions to the nearest OpenCor by the friendly Italian hostel receptionist named Alessio. We went to go find it, but soon realized we were being followed by an unknown male. We used our wits and managed to escape and get back to the relative safety of the hostel. Katherine ended up cooking an omelet for me with some groceries generously shared with us by a fellow American traveler. We went upstairs to our room and met a large Finnish guy clad only in a pair of tighty-whities who decided he wanted to have a conversation with us. After he said goodnight, Katherine and I planned what we were going to see the next day. Finally, after placing my valuables in a safe, I went to bed.
Friday: Gaudí Day — We saw Parc Güell, Casa Milà and Casa Batlló. We walked a lot. We ate a lot. I stayed up until 8:00 AM the next day learning Italian from Alessio.
Saturday: Rambla Day — We bought lunch from La Boqueria, saw an impromptu Capoeira performance, then enjoyed a stroll on La Rambla. Katherine haggled with at least 7 different merchants for a cheap Barcelona scarf, I got a free postcard from a merchant, we met a Mongolian street vendor named Gul, and I got asked out on a date by a waiter named Igor. I graciously declined. After returning to the hostel, we were invited to join a group of our hostel-mates to go to a house party in an apartment near La Rambla, and we accepted. The apartment was being rented by these two American musicians. We stayed out partying until 7:30 AM. Barcelona refused to let me sleep.
Sunday: Katherine and I had lunch at a tapas place on La Rambla. Afterwards, Katherine was tired so we returned to the hostel so she could nap. Alessio was working again so I entertained myself while Katherine napped for the next 5 hours by asking him more Italian-related questions and chit-chatting a bit more. After Alessio left at midnight, Katherine and I went to have a late dinner from a Kebab place right around the corner. We got free sodas for being friendly. The two American musicians from the party the previous night came over and played some of their songs. I went to bed at about 3 AM for a quick nap.
Monday: I was supposed to wake up at 4 AM so I could pack, check out of the hostel, and take the Metro to the airport for my flight that would be leaving at 6:10 AM to return to Sevilla. Instead, I woke up at 5:10, had the most massive freak out of my life, shoved everything I owned into my backpack, ran down the stairs, checked out, ran outside and hailed the first cab I could. We pulled up in front of the airport at around 5:45, and I paid, ran out, got my passport stamped, got through security, and arrived at my gate at 6:00 AM. The Ryanair people shooed me in, and the gate closed right after me. I was the last person to get on the plane. I arrived in Sevilla a couple of hours later, dropped off my bags in my room, showered, went to class, then promptly came home and slept.