I had an exciting five days in Barcelona. The weather was nice, the time changed (to DST), I saw some great Gaudi buildings, and ate some amazing food.

My hostel was located on the south side of the Eixample neighborhood, in the middle of huge clothing stores and near La Rambla. La Rambla (sometimes referred to as the plural Las Ramblas) is a long street full of human statues and performers, souvenirs, restaurants, bars, and animals. There are actually lizards, hamsters, and a variety of other potential pet animals for sale right on the street! There seemed to be a Zara on just about every other street corner. I guess it is quite popular in Barcelona...

The Guadi buildings around the city are epic. There was one near my hostel. The Barcelona Cathedral was also epic. It is full of beautiful wood sculptures. The cathedral itself was rather dark, being that it is all stone, but the details were what impressed me the most. I enjoyed that it was stone and wood after seeing so many marble cathedrals in Italy.

One afternoon I walked to the Parc de la Ciutadella. It is an incredibly well kept park with ponds, fountains, and a maze of walking/running paths. It was a great place to bask in the Spanish sun. Next to the park is the Barcelona Zoo. It has been a long time since I have visited a zoo, and I forgot how fun it could be. They had a Komodo Dragon. Its tongue looked like it was a foot long!

The nightlife in Barcelona was quite different than anything I have ever experienced before. People go out for drinks at midnight and then go dancing at 3am. The sun was coming up when I left dance club on Sunday morning... needless to say I slept through most of the morning and early afternoon.

Overall I really enjoyed my time in Barcelona. I was able to see some art and architecture, shop for trinkets, people watch, dance all night, and eat Paella. I will probably have to visit again; I had a lot of fun.


Europe - Itinerary

Sat 12 March 2011 by Thomas Van Doren

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I will be traveling through Europe in the latter part of March into early April. I considered going to several places including Germany and Amsterdam, but ultimately I decided to go with my original plan. So, Zurich, Florence, Barcelona, and Paris are the ...

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