SPAIN: Hola world, I’m back… From Barcelona!

It has been a while, a big while to be honest, since I wrote a blogpost. This has many reasons, with one of them being time. I just did not have any left for blogging. Even though I missed it like crazy sometimes, and I had all kinds of ideas that I wanted to write down, school, work and life got in the way.

But now,  I finally have some free time to get some writing done. Summer is almost over and I am starting to go to my usual hours at work. High school already begon in The Netherlands, but college and uni only begins in about 3 weeks. Hooray!

Speaking of summer, I had a great one. Sure, I worked a lot but 1. now I have lots of money and 2. the 3 weeks I did have actual vacation were awesome. The moment was, after 3 months of waiting, there to go Barcelona last week and it was amazing. Barcelona is beyond gorgeous and I seriously fell in love with Gaudí’s fairytale artworks. I already want to go back, just to admire the beautiful architecture. Of course what would me saying this mean without some pictures I toke during my trip.

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If you ever go to Barcelona, and seriously YOU SHOULD GO, then here are some tips to survive Barcelona:
1. Book your tickets online for the Sagrada Familia before you leave to Barcelona. It is only 15 euros and so 100% worth it to go inside. It is by far the most beautiful cathedral I have ever been to. This way you do not have to stand in line for 3 hours.
2. If you go a bit longer then a usual citytrip of about 3 days, and you want to visit a beach, then take a train to go a bit outside of the city. The beaches at Barceloneta are incredibly crowded and it is just less fun.
3. Speaking of trains, if you are going to use public transport, buy a T-10 ticket. This cart you can use for the metro, busses, trams and trains. The ticket is 9,95 euros and can be used for 10 rides.
4. There are definitely pickpockets and thieves active in Barcelona. Always be aware of this. Never act like a tourist. This you do by not wairing short pants, do not show you are lost by looking at a big touristic map and wair all your valuable things on your body (for insance put your money in your bra or buy a little bag to put under your shirt). Do not worry, I did all this and I did not even catch anyone glanzing at my bag.
5. If you love fairytales and magic, go see all the beautiful creations of Gaudí. The buildings he created look like they have come straight from the world of the stories the Grimm brothers of something similar to them.
6. On a budget? Try airbnb.com for a cheap room/apartment on a great location. We stayed in an apartment in the beautiful, tourist-free neighbourhood Exaimple. It was only  a minute away from the metro station and it was a 10 minute walk to the Passeig de Gracia, the most expensive street of Spain. The apartment was very nice, we shared it with a couple friendly other, from all over the world. We had a room to ourselves en we shared the bathroom and kitchen. BTW, this is a good one for staying everywhere in the world, airbnb.com has rooms in more than 190 countries.

Also, spanish food is delicious. When you are in Barcelona, definitely go to mercat Princesa. It is an indoor market where you can get all kinds of food at different stands. A great concept and the food there was great. You could get tapas, typical spanish, but there was also sushi, mini pizzas, hamburgers and salads. Something for everyone.

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The drink you see in the picture is also very very very recommended. It is called Sangria and it is a delicious spanish wine. We had it every day, at lunch and dinner. It is BTW quite common to drink wine at lunch in Spain. Another reason to visit Barcelona…

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