Barcelona, Spain

Hello from Barcelona! The penultimate stop on our European adventure, and definitely one of my top cities in the world! The atmosphere here is buzzing and the people are so fun and friendly. I never want to leave!

I’m posting from Cosmo, colourful little café-art gallery hybrid with yummy coffees and juices. I’m enjoying one of my old favorite drinks, a chai latte, and it’s way better than the Starbucks version!

Barcelona in the summer is hot, busy and bustling! There are plenty of tourists here, but luckily our hostel is full of young people from all over the world, so we don’t feel like we’re drowning in Americans. The main tourist street, La Rambla, was fun for a little while, full of street performers and market stalls, but it gets packed from the early morning with people so we’ve tried to avoid the center of the city as much as possible.

We’ve been super busy every day that we’ve been here trying to see all the sights, but I wish we’d given ourselves more time! I’d love to be able to spend more time on the beach; it’s stunning and the weather is perfect for splashing in the sea. There have just been too many cultural sights that we didn’t want to miss.

One of Barcelona’s highlights is its architecture; it’s the home of the Modernisme movement and the work of Gaudi, so we’ve trekked around the city hunting down all of his buildings. Gaudi’s great unfinished church La Sagrada Familia is overwhelmingly beautiful; we couldn’t seem to do it justice in any of our photos.

Of course, we couldn’t leave Barcelona without seeing some art, so we visited the Museu Picasso where we learned about the artist’s time in this area, and the MACBA contemporary art museum which was full of very interesting (though some admittedly quite confusing) modern art. We also visited Funacio Joan Miró’ where we viewed a huge collection of Miró’s work.

I’d definitely plan another trip to Barcelona sometime in the near future if I can afford it, as there’s still plenty here that we wanted to see but haven’t gotten around to. It’s a bigger city than we imagined with so much to explore.


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