*We are finally nearing the end of me catching up on my study abroad content. For those of you who are still interested in reading these THANK YOU! I promise that they are almost done and regular content will continue! I have to say I thought I was going to be able to keep up with my content while abroad but it turned out to just be too much and clearly I took a lot of trips and fell behind on posts because here it is August and I am still catching up!!*
Any who I digress…So after my program in Madrid finished in mid May it was always the plan that my parents would come out and visit and we would visit a few cities in Spain. The day of my last final my parents landed in Madrid where I showed them the city that had become my home the last 4 months. We stayed in the most incredible airbnb right in the heart of the city and it was so fun being a tour guide for them. My parents and I then hopped on a renfe high speed train to Barcelona for the next few days. The weather was beautiful and I was just so excited to be in sunny Barcelona (Qu Ed Sheehan’s jam Barcelona!)
Day 1: Our first day in Barcelona we walked from the train station to our airbnb. It was a little bit of a longer walk than expected. We then had to wait a little before the flat was ready. My parents and I then changed, freshened up and headed to La Sagrada Familia (Pro tip: make sure you buy tickets ahead of time so you don’t have to wait in line! They save to your phone so you don’t even have to worry about printing anything!) We walked around the beautiful church Gaudi designed that is still under construction to this day. The stain glass on the inside was truly breath taking. After admiring the La Sagrada Familia for a little over an hour we decided it was time for lunch! We ate and then headed back to the airbnb to relax a little before dinner.
Day 2: We woke up bright and early so we could get in and see Park Guell, another creation by Gaudi, before the tourist crowds got there. It was so beautiful to look out over all of Barcelona and the mosaic park was so gorgeous and different than anything I have ever seen before. Gaudi sure had an interesting eye. We then walked Las Ramblas, a famous tree lined street and ate lunch at the same restaurant we had ate at the night before (I guess we really liked it!) We then walked through a nearby market and bought delicious fresh fruit juice for dessert before heading back for a little siesta in the airbnb.
Day 3: Mothers day! We decided a beach day was in order to relax. We headed down to the beach for the afternoon and after relaxing for several hours we headed to see the arc de triumph and stumbled upon a park I had been wanting to see! We then headed to Cafe Godot, which Kate from Lodestar Southern, had recommended in her Spain travel guide and it did not disappoint. The food and drinks were some of the best food we had had all week and it was the perfect ending to our time in Barcelona!
We packed so much into three short days in Barcelona and it was so special to be touring Spain with my parents. I had missed them so much over the past 4 months and it was so fun to be reunited and experiencing new places together.