Barrrrrrrcelona (roll your r´s!)
10.12.2009 15 °C
Hola, amigos! This entry is straight from our new home in sunny Barcelona. We arrived here on the first, after reuniting with our lovely friend Steven after our Boekel adventure. We spent the first couple days in a hostel so we could apartment hunt. The two finalists (apartment-wise) ended up being a cheap one and a nice one. We picked the nice one (hey, after eating bread for a month and a half we decided to splurge on a place with enough beds...). Our apartment is already home for all of us, we love it! We live in a neighborhood called El Raval right in the city center, its eccentric and old and there´s all kinds of interesting shops and bars and restaurants, and especially vintage stores which is great when your are travelling in a group of five girls. We love shopping. We have also been joined recently by another Saskatoonian, our mandolin playing amigo Willy. We´ve all been enjoying the Spanish life pretty thoroughly, which generally encompasses hanging out on the beach (we even went swimming once! It was chilly, but we´re canadian, we can take it), checking out various parks, reading in the sun, cooking meals in our kitchen, and lots of exploring. Steven, however, has gone home to Saskatoon as of yesterday, bon voyage!
We´ve already seen lots of cool things as we slowly make our way through the sights of Barcelona. We visited La Sagrada Familia, Gaudi´s half finished masterpiece of a church, explored the quaint and traditional Spanish neighborhood Barcelonetta, walked down the boardwalks and docks of Port Vell (a lot), ate all you can eat sushi off a conveyer belt in a restaurant on the beach-well worth 12 euro, we´ll tell you what, poked around art markets, explored our new neighborhood, seen nudists on the beach, made friends with the shopkeepers across the street... all this and more in ten days! Just imagine what we will achieve in two months! We have also discovered the beauty of the siesta. We have also discovered the beauty in a country that is 15+ degrees and sunny ALL THE TIME even in December. All in all, we love Spain and hopefully Spain loves us back. And we love you all!
Until next time, hasta luego!