Well, I took my first official trip for the weekend! First place on our list was the one and only Barcelona. Let me tell you, if I could drop everything and move there, I would in a heart beat. Alicante has a bus route that runs from the airport to the center of our city for only 6 dollars, what a steal, so of course we use that for all of our travels. We left Friday around 1:00pm and arrived in Barcelona on 2:15pm. My roommate Emma and our friend Andy stayed with me in my first ever BnB experience.
For those of you who don’t know what BnB is, it’s basically people who own apartments, but rent out unused bedrooms in it. We found one for two nights in the heart of Barcelona! The owner was a sweet old lady named Maria who did not speak english, and her niece who was also named Maria lived with her. The niece was around our age and greeted us at the door, she was absolutely wonderful. The place was clean and they were very accommodating, she provided all toiletries and food. We checked in and got a map and just went. Our goal was to get lost in the city and just learn all about the Catalonia culture.
Barcelona has it all, from the beach, to mountains, to a big beautiful city, we had three full days to complete it all, I was ready for the challenge. The Ramblas is very popular in Barcelona. It is a huge street with shops and restaurants, definitely very touristy, but a must see. We ate lunch at Brunch & Cake, I got the Super Sandwich, best meal of my entire life. I saw pictures of friends from the past who have gone there so I knew it was a must visit. We then walked all around the city and of course took a siesta.
The next day we woke up bright and earlier because we wanted to cover the Gothic center and take tours. The Gothic center is breath taking, the buildings and the architecture is like no other. There were plazas and monuments everywhere. We also saw the Barcelona Cathedral and the Gaudi museum. We sat and got pizza at a local restaurant, tasted just like good ole New Jersey pizza. I finally got wifi and my friend who was also visiting mentioned a tour of the FCB Camp Nou stadium.
I had my first experience of the Barcelona Metro and all I can say is WOW. There are so many lines and even more people. This was the only time I was actually afraid of pick pocketing, I have been warned by many people that Barcelona was bad, but only on the metro when we were packed like sardines I thought I was going to lose something. In Alicante we call it the Tram and it consists of 4 lines, in Barcelona it seemed like there was 20 and it could take you where ever you wanted to go.
We took the blue L5 to the Camp Nou tour. Like most places they gave a student discount so it wasn’t bad for the experience. This was my favorite part of the trip, we went through this huge museum and got to take pictures with trophies and uniforms. We then got to go into the stands in the upper levels, I can not believe how big the stadium is, puts the Eagles stadium to shame. The best part was getting to go onto the field, looking up at all the stands was breath taking. We also saw locker rooms, press conference rooms, and a small church they have for the players to pray. We spent probably 3 hours because how amazing it was. Of course the tour ended in the gift shop, were I decided to buy everyone I know gifts (sorry mom).
We then took the metro right back to the city. My good friend studied abroad in Barcelona last semester so before I went she texted me things to do and places to eat. She said a must was Rosa Negra and Zenzoo, so I did as I was told. Rosa Negra is the cutest Mexican restaurant. I ordered a shrimp cocktail, a chicken burrito, and a strawberry mojito. Everything was absolutely delicious, I learned that in Barcelona where ever you eat it is going to be phenomenal.
At night we went to the beach area, the main bar and club spot. I honestly felt like I was in downtown Disney, it was like a mini resort. There were so many people out and dressed up. There were cool buildings, with bars and clubs directly on the beach. We did the very popular Ice Bar. We had to dress up in coats and gloves because the room was -10. The room was completely ice; the bar, the sculptures, the chairs, the cups. It was amazing definitely a must when visiting Barcelona. We made it 30 minutes the max is 1 hour in the room.
The next day we went to the famous Sagrada Familia. Even though it isn’t finished, it was stunning. I have visited many cathedrals in Italy, and this by far blew it out of the water. We then walked around the city some more and unfortunately had to catch our flight at 8pm.
I fell asleep on the plane before we even took off. We used our Fitbit to find out we walked 11 miles each day. Barcelona is absolutely beautiful and a must see in Spain. The love they have for FCB is captivating and just from being there one weekend I am a fan. We did not do Park Guel or go to a FCB game just so we had an excuse to go back to the city.
I guess you could say, I left a piece of my heart in Barcelona.