Barcelona : Day 2
November 15, 2011
After a solid night of sleep, we woke up to a very wet and rainy city. We unpacked our umbrellas and bundled up, and made our way to the train station. Our first stop was Park Guell, a beautiful park designed by Gaudi. The park is free to the public, and has meandering paths with ornate rock walls and mosaics throughout the whole thing. It normally has spectacular views of the city and the ocean, but this day was particularly cloudy and overcast. At one point, the rain started coming down so hard that we had to take shelter under an overhang with at least a hundred other people. Although it wasn’t exactly what we had planned, we had a great time walking through the rain in our soggy, squishy shoes.
The rest of the day was great. We stopped every few hours at the nearest bakery and picked up a roll or pastry to share, nibbling and giggling our way through Barcelona. Geoff geeked out on the graffiti that was EVERYWHERE, and was like a kid in a candy store every time we turned down a new alley:) We came across a tiny toy store midway through the day, and were thrilled when we found Pablo and Lupita, our new traveling buddies. We had been looking everywhere for some little ‘friends’ to come travel with us and take photos on our journeys, but the few we had found were always too big. Geoff picked out Pablo the monster, and I got Lupita the giraffe. Keep a lookout for them on our upcoming adventures. They’ll be traveling the world with us:) No, we’re not crazy, I swear. We just like to act like children every now and then…
At some point we passed the Sagrada Familia, the most incredible cathedral I have ever seen. We decided to return the next day, since it was too late to go inside at that point. (Check out our next post to see more photos, it’s amazing!!!) We made our way back to the train, to grab some dinner on our way to the hotel. I had found a review of a Mexican restaurant in the tiny town of Sant Cugat, where our hotel was located. Since Geoff and I hadn’t really been able to find good Mexican food in London we figured, why not? And oh my goodness, it was delicious! The owner/chef is originally from Mexico, and the menu was filled with all sorts of authentic Mexican food. Enchiladas, burritos, nachos, and Modelo on tap… It was so good we went back the next night! I know, I know. We felt a bit guilty that we weren’t having Spanish food while in Spain, but it was too good to pass up!
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Waiting for the train near our hotel. This is one of Gaudi’s creations, a single family home in the middle of the city. The beautiful yet strange architecture stood out next to the ordinary apartments on either side. One of the best pieces of graffiti we saw in the city, at the end of a foot tunnel under a main street. Grabbing a pastry at one of the many bakeries in the city. Squatting is legal throughout Barcelona, and we saw quite a few buildings with the symbol of the ‘Ocupa’ painted outside. The entrance to Park Guell. Every wall and pillar was designed and built beautifully. As we headed underneath this walkway, there was an old man playing guitar in a rock alcove. It seemed like something out of a movie, with the rain pouring down around us. These curving benches were completely covered in mosaics by Gaudi. Proof that racism is stupid… Brazilian coffee break to warm up and escape the rain for a few minutes. Outside of the Sagrada Familia. The photos just don’t do it justice.
Shark love. Our new friends, Lupita and Pablo. The perfect end to a great day.