This past weekend was our first long weekend. For those of you who don’t know, we already don’t have class on Fridays, so a long weekend means we do not have class on Thursday either. Myself and 5 other girls decided to go to Barcelona, Spain and y’all, I’m not sure anything can live up to this trip.
Our first official day of being there we decided to take a bike tour. I’m seriously recommending this to EVERYONE. It was called Fat Tire Bike Tour and they are available in Barcelona, London, Paris, and Berlin. Our tour guide was spectacular. He knew all about the history and he was hilarious and extremely entertaining. Taking this bike tour was the fastest and easiest way to do it. We saw all of the iconic sights including, Sagrada Familia, which (when finished) will be the largest church in the world. Let me tell ya’ it was MASSIVE. *fun fact* the original architect on the project did not want to exceed the work of God so Sangrada Familia when finished will be one foot less than the tallest mountain in Barcelona. Nothing was more peaceful than cruising around the streets on a bike, it was definitely a highlight of this weekend.
That night we decided to take a trip up to Parc Guell. None of us really knew what to expect but many friends told us we HAD to go. After getting lost, speaking a bunch of Spanglish, and climbing up SO MANY HILLS and SO MANY STAIRS, we finally made it to the top of the mountain where you witness the whole city of Barcelona. The first picture is me at Parc Guell, and fortunately we decided to go at sunset. You could even see the ocean!
The next day, 4 of us decided to take a day trip to Girona. It was a great excursion from the busy city life of Barcelona. We walked the ancient Roman wall and had a beautiful view of the city, in fact we walked all the way across this city on the Roman wall (picture with the mint green building). We sat in a cafe and watched a Spanish soccer game for about 2 hours. It was fascinating to observe the spanish culture and to just enjoy the bliss that was Girona.
Our last day was one to remember. Shannon, Bonnie, Sarah and I woke up around 7:30 am (1:30 am US time) and headed towards the beach to observe the sunrise. As the Sun melted over the clouds and into the sky to begin the new day, you could feel God’s presence all around. After visiting a few churches we headed back to the beach mid afternoon to stick our toes in the water (which was FREEZING) but hey, we did it…. Exhausted we actually all fell asleep on the beach for about an hour. For all who know me well, this will make you very proud…. We went to enjoy our last meal in Barcelona and I actually went out of my comfort zone and tried a couple of new things including, fried lamb, bombas (meat and potato meatball with spicy covering) and a few other tapas. After this we said goodbye to Barcelona and headed back to the airport. Let me just tell you that we arrived back in Oxford at 4:30 this morning and I haven’t slept since. So goodnight world -Lauren