Laptop crashes suck, but what can you do! I finally lived out my dream to see Gaudí art and strut like a Cheetah Girl on the streets of Barcelona. To share this experience I met up with Bradley friends who were studying abroad in London in addition to my program friends and I who hopped a quick flight to Barcelona to avoid the tedious 11 hour overnight train ride from Granada. Once we arrived, after learning to use public transportation, we walked a few blocks the wrong to get to our hostel and then walked back the opposite way to finally reach our destination. It was probably the coolest hostel ever and I did not want to leave!! The first day we ate amazing tapas at La Pepita then walked around the city down Las Ramblas, the famous street full of food, a fake Marilyn Monroe, and a ton of gelato with many tourists to match. We even went to the amazing market that had the best smoothies (which I have not drank since being here), so we were pretty happy.
The next day we woke up early to grab churros con chocolate for breakfast and walked to see the famous Sagrada Familia. This is one of the biggest attractions in Barcelona and it was only 20 minutes away from our hostel which was super convenient for us. The architecture was breathtaking and there is still so much to be done. The building began construction in 1882 and will not be done until at least 2026!! Though some people don't, we paid to go inside and it was so worth it. The colors and the detail were absolutely amazing. Gaudí was a true genius and a selfless man who only wanted to create a work of art for everyone to enjoy. The Sagrada Familia even began construction due to donations and now look who far it has come. We were all in awe of its construction and attention to detail. Of course we took many pictures to document it...and ourselves to prove it wasn't a dream.
After the Sagrada we found paella and sangria then headed over to Gaudí's other creation: Park Güell. We stopped at the Arc of Triumph on the way too. Seriously, Gaudì had one of the most creative minds ever. Park Güell looks like what I envision Candyland would look like if it wasn't just a game. It was so colorful and reminded me of gingerbread houses. We took pictures on the infamous bench from the Cheetah Girls 2 song "Strut" and I could not contain my excitement. There were so many people there too! I even got to use my Bradley flag that I bought beforehand to use in pictures. We may or may not have broken the rules by standing on the Gaudí bench, we didn't know it at the time, but luckily it was a quick picture then we jumped down. All in all Barcelona was beautiful and I did not want to leave. It has been over a week and I am still not over it. I got to hang out with the best people ever, Sarah, Becca, Chelsie, Katey and Colin, and see the beautiful sights of Barcelona. Traveling with a such a good group of people made this trip one of the best so far!!
I'd rather splurge on a good meal than a nice hotel, wine than water and plane tickets than club covers. Traveling and eating are my two favorite things, so follow my journey to see where I go and eat next! I'm just living my best life.