I ❤ BARCELONA:
On the Thursday of our second week in Spain, we had no idea where we would be going for the weekend. Adam, Liza, and I spent over six hours in Liza's room looking up flights and train rides trying to decide where to go.
The next day, we caught the 664 bus into Madrid and headed to La Mafia for some pre-train ride food and drinks. I had the verdura (vegetable) pizza and a few stiff whiskey cokes. We then headed over and bought some cheap vodka and Tang (really just Spanish orange pop, but we like to refer to it as "Tang"). And yes, it's "pop," not "soda."
Somehow we made the train, and we were finally on our way to Barcelona. Of course we were bothering the other people in our car who were trying to sleep. Liza even spilled some of her Vodka Tang on the girl who was sitting next to me. I ended up falling asleep, but Liza and Adam ventured to the train bar and were off wreaking havoc all over the place (of course).
Anyways, we arrived in Barcelona a little after 8 in the morning, and we headed to our Hotel. The bellboy, Jordi, was one of the nicest people I've ever met. We gave him our cheap bottle of tequila as part of his tip.
We then took the party to the streets while waiting until we could check in. We shopped for a little and then headed back to check in. There were some really cool stores in Barcelona. I even bought a Spanish cook book!
After we checked in, we napped for a little, and then we jumped on one of those hop on hop off buses. I think we ended up only riding it for a block. Oh well. At least we saw the Gaudi Cathedral, which was beautiful by the way. We then ended up at this cool bar (I can't remember the name, but we like to call it "Captain Tony's") for tapas and cervezas. After that, we shopped a little more and then went to the beach.
With gorgeous mountain and city views and plenty of middle-aged topless women, the beach was exactly how I had pictured it. We had a few beers and chilled out. After that, we headed back to the hotel for a shower, and then enjoyed rooftop views of the city over a glass of wine while eating dinner.
Unfortunately, I was sick and unable to go out that night, but Liza and Adam decided to go to the casino. We spent the remainder of our time in Barcelona eating and shopping at the train station. Sadly, the weekend was over, and we had to make our way back to Madrid. Getting back to Liza's comment, our weekend in Barcelona is definitely up there with some of the best hours of my life.❤