On the way to Barcelona, I had breakfast in France, lunch in Andorra and dinner in Spain. Pretty cool eh?
We had a long drive, but the scenery through the Pyrenees was incredible and luckily a good duty free shopping stop in Andorra. The Bahamas of Europe. And by this I mean a tax free haven for filthy scammers. Only 36% of Andorra’s population are actually citizens. Due to the crap exchange rate, the prices weren’t that good for me because our dollar isn’t strong enough against the euro, so essentially almost everything was the same price or more expensive than at home. Luckily I still found things to buy. Phew. I would have been so sad to have a shopping shop and not buy anything!!! Crises averted.
Looking back through the Pyranees
We continued into Spain later in the afternoon and did a short driving tour around the city to get orientated. Honestly I still felt disorientated but it was nice to see everything that I knew I wouldn’t have time to do today.
Dinner was a proper tapas restaurant with, which I dug into very happily. In addition to that, the drink at choice here is sangria. You can imagine the sheer pleasure it gave me when I discovered that they didn’t come in anything less than half a litre. I immediately resigned myself to the fact I would probably spend most of our time here eating tapas while sipping enormous drinks. As a side note, they also free pour. Honestly, I think I must have Spanish heritage because I just felt so okay with this culture.
The next morning I got up early and decided I would walk from one end of the city to the other in an attempt to see everything. Unfortunately some some of the museums, were closed as it was Monday. In lieu of these I went to the Sagrada Famiglia church, as it is the weirdest piece of architecture ever, but so so cool to look at. One side is made to look like it’s melting.
Melting church (Sagrada Familia).
I then walked down La Rumbla (stopped for sangria) and to the harbour where I checked out the maritime museum and took a boat out of the harbour to get a more interesting view of the city. We cruised around via the beach and even though it was quite a short trip, it was so good to be back on water and away from the city.
I was so proud of myself, because after walking over 15 km, I decided to take the metro as far back towards the hotel as possible. As it turned out, that wasn’t far, but the key point here was that I negotiated the metro. Which is all in Spanish.
Tonight we had to say goodbye to our friend Kevin who was abandoning us to go back to uni in Wales, but of course we decided to celebrate our time together by drinking more Sangria and going to a fantastic Spanish restaurant. It was definitely the best meal we have had so far and a big group of us sat outside and just ate and chatted late into the evening. Perfect way to finish his tour, and perfect way to end our time in Barcelona.
Making a getaway