Sunday, April 28, 2013

Barcelona

When we first got to Barcelona (the evening of April second), we did a quick bus tour of the city, including a stop-off at Sagrada Familia. This ridiculous structure was designed by Gaudi, although he died before being able to completely finish the design, which was done by his apprentices. Construction began in 1882 and it is expected to be completed sometime between 2026 and 2040.

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

The following morning, we went past the Olympic stadium to the top of the hill to admire the panorama.

Barcelona, Spain

After this, we were dropped off in the city, where Alex (our tour manager), gave us a walking tour of the gothic quarter. A few of us then tagged along with him to an amazing hidden gem called the Fairy Bar, which was basically an indoor fairy grotto. It was almost midday, and thus two jugs of sangria to share were well justified.

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

 Alex then left us to go and do work and such exciting things, so the few of us leftover spent the afternoon wandering around Barcelona. We stopped in a little cafe for a lunch of tapas, paella, and more sangria, and eventually made our way to the Picasso museum. Then it was time for siesta, and we could hardly miss out on a cultural experience, and so we returned to our hostel to refresh before our night out.

Barcelona, Spain

Our optional activity in Barcelona was a Salsa show. Obviously, this included tapas and much more sangria. The show was amazing, and at the end we were required to get up and dance to a few songs, as directed by the MC. This was followed by a walkabout dinner at Port Olimpia.

Most of our group wound up at the same restaurant. There was more sangria, amazing paella, and then cake, limoncello, and peach schnapps. Alex then directed us to a nearby bar which offered a round of free shots, drink discounts, and a general abandon of all the alcohol-related rules you find in Australia. If you wanted to jump behind the bar and serve some drinks, no worries. 30mL measure? You're so funny! Half the glass should cut it.

AND of the 50 people comprising our tour, not a single person was mugged.

Summary: Barcelona has a really great vibe. Definitely going back again.

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