After settling into the hostel once she arrived we spent the evening exploring La Ramblas Street. Here it is packed full of shops, markets, street performers, artists, ice cream stands, and many people. We had a spectacular dinner of various tapas, fresh bread, seafood paella, and sangria outside in the fresh, warm air. Espana did not disappoint with their authentic dishes full of fish and shrimp fresh from the sea.
Monday we took a walking tour that followed Antoni Gaudi’s architectural work throughout the city. We were able to learn a lot about his life along the way. His deep connection with nature and his relationship with God surfaced in all that he accomplished. His devotion and skill was truly inspiring. My favorite, and his most famous masterpiece, was La Sagrada Familia. It is still not even finished to this day because of his exquisite design and plan to make the most magnificent cathedral in the world, and that it is. I won’t get into all the history and details, but I recommend looking up his story. He had a brilliant mind and an incredible life.
We walked many miles up and down and side to side across the city going from Arc de Triumph to Park Guell, Montjuic, Palau de la Musica Catalana, the beach, and many other parts of the Barcelona. We even made it to a Salsa dancing class! I think in the past two days alone, we accomplished more in the city than most! Barcelona is a breathtaking city from the architecture to the people and food. I am so grateful to have experienced the Spanish culture and appreciate the history and beauty of the city with one of my best friends.
What a great adventure it was and now I am happily back in Dublin! I’m ready to rest and complete my schoolwork while planning my next grand adventure! Thanks to everyone for keeping up with all I’ve been doing!