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Left in the dark

We had one other day in Barcelona, Spain that has been left unaccounted for. We were determined to do all the other tourist things our hostel really recommended.

Despite my last post about some bad things, I love Barcelona. I love that my knowledge of Spanish actually works here, people really understand me and vice versa. I would love to just move here for 2 years and become completely fluent. I love the architecture. Every street is pure art.

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Seriously, how do I make these?

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We went to the Gothic Quarter and the whole historical area to look around. We started with the Gothic Cathedral. There was a band playing out front and the older crowd doing Jewish-type dances in the square. It was wonderful.

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We found this clock art installation inside some passageway off the path.

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And then we found this whole holiday celebration taking place. I’m assuming that’s what the band in front of the Gothic Cathedral was about, but we’re not sure. I took pictures of the sign with the name but couldn’t find on the internet anything about it. So anyway, we went into the big crowd to see what this festival was all about and there were little children climbing on each other. It was cool but incredibly strange. At the top were little children with helmets who literally climbed up each other like a ladder.

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The Picasso Museum has free entry on Sunday’s 3-7, but the line was so long and fast moving that they would give you a ticket with a time to come back to the museum for. We had about an hour to kill so we walked down to the shore by the aquarium. We also found this adorable little bakery on the way…

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Columbus Monument…

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We went back to the Picasso Museum then and only saw more beautiful artworks on the way. Literally, this city is a piece of art in itself.

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Photography inside the museum wasn’t exactly allowed. The architecture of the Picasso Museum itself might have even interested me more than the exhibits. Picasso’s not really my favorite artist so it didn’t speak to me nearly as much as other people. I still learned a lot, like who knew that Picasso started with portraits and almost all real-life kind of art. It was extremely eye-opening and I felt very cultured/educated afterwards.

After the museum we went to “Barcelona Crepes” right outside the Cathedral. Despite being in Spain, the Italian food was just really doing it. (The paella really didn’t.) We had so many crepes as we looked up what we could do on a Sunday night. The Spanish aren’t known for their hard work already but I can really guarantee that just about absolutely everything was closed in the city (minus the bars). Our flight left around 5am so we were just wondering the city before going to the airport early to try to nap.

Now, everything I’ve said is literally everything I’ve done in Barcelona. Anyone who knows Barcelona knows this is very, very wrong. We did everything that the hostel had told us to. They also told us to uh pass by Sagrada Familia. So we had that on our map as “must go” but you know, just pass by on our way back to pick our stuff up from the hostel. We also found from my friend’s pictures the Park de la Ciutadella. So, we ran into the Arc de Triomf and through the Paessig de Lluis Companys Park on the way to the other park…

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We finally got into the park- nothing was lit up. Not a single thing. I could still see but the pictures I got all turned out pretty badly… but this is what I got…

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I’m not sure how much you can see but this is a massive pond. There were ducks, birds, and trees in the water. It was gorgeous.

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Next I hope you can make out this insane beautiful fountain. The top in the back which you could walk up to had gold statues. It was such a work of art, I would suggest looking it up on google images since I clearly did no justice.

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We finally decided to call it quits and go to the Sagrada Familia as our last thing. On the way there we saw maybe the most Barca sight yet…IMG_2559

Okay so we got to Sagrada Familia and I like to believe it was just more beautiful at night and we didn’t miss this massive thing…

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Please take my advice and look at these sites sooner, don’t believe any crappy bug-filled-hostel workers. Don’t get left in the dark.

Honestly, you need way more than 2 days in Barcelona. It’s so beautiful and amazing… as bad as some things were on this trip, I needed more time and would need to come back anyway. Now when I come back I just know better.

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We had an early morning flight from Madrid to Barcelona through Vueling for like 40 pounds or something extremely cheap.

We got a T-10 ticket for the metro. It took awhile to figure out, it’s multi person but on the same single ticket. We quickly learned the Spanish do not take their metro payments very seriously anyway. Imagine 4 girls with bags trying to shuffle through a single turn of a ticket…. We were just happy when we found out this was normal. We stepped off the metro and came out into the light for our first sight of Barcelona…

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We later learned that building is extremely famous and throughout the city there’s random buildings of the same architecture. I love it.

We checked into our hostel and got on our way! We were going to La Boqueria off La Ramblas (apparently a parade was going on) and stopped in Placa de Catalunya and the other sites.

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After that was Park Güell. We did less of the park area and more of the hike. It. Was. Gorgeous. I know it’s tourist packed, etc. but it was amazing.

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There were also some buildings on the way up/down that were just gorgeous.

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I realize now posting these, 1. Pictures do this place no justice. And 2. My pictures are just really weak and I think I need to step up from my iPhone.

After this walk we got dinner and went back to our Primavera hostel to take a 2 hour nap before going out on the town. When we started to get up the first girl starts screaming. Bug. Bed bug. It’s a complete myth you can’t see them, at certain stages in life you can and we definitely did at that. We get the guy working and we look around to point one out to him- there’s bugs everywhere. We lose our shit, pack up, and go to another hostel. By the time the whole ordeal is done it’s like 2am and no one is going out. The girl who woke up with the bug next to her face has clinical OCD over cleanliness- so she was having mental breakdowns. The other girl is a fashion major and freaking out over our clothes. I didn’t even have room to get upset. The hostel wasn’t even nice about it. The main guy was, he got us another hostel somewhere else, but the manager was plain rude. The one girl was going to continue to have breakdowns and not sleep until we got home. The whole thing was a mess and he wouldn’t even take responsibility. Also, for the record, I would just like to mention their staff seemed helpful and friendly but actually gave horrible tourism advice and kind of left us in the dark about quite a lot (we’ll get to that later).

I’m going to skip the next day to finish the bug story because it’s quite good honestly. I’ll finish the rest of the trip in the next blog post.

The manager grudgingly ended up paying for the next hostel and agreeing to give us all our money back and some for cleaning our clothes. As soon as we got into London we went to Primark and bought £5 dresses and Boots for some laundry detergent. We went to some laundry mat towards our housing to wash this mess. Imagine 4 girls, wearing literally only dresses and boots (no socks or anything else) doing about 10 loads of laundry. The woman thought we were insane. There was a pub 2 doors down. We all ended up getting hammered wearing about nothing waiting for our laundry to dry. I took it so seriously even my laces went in the wash…. Homemade laces.

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Let’s just hope we didn’t let the bed bugs bite…

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