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Barcelona, Beach, Sun, & Salsa July 27, 2012

Posted by silviavaca in Travel Log.
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For our four day weekend, we headed off to Barcelona, Spain. Given Metz’ rainy and cold weather, we were thrilled to see some sunshine & warmth. When we got to the station to catch our train we realized that at least half of GTL had the same idea. Everywhere you looked you saw GT shirts, hats, bags, & excitement. The overnight train was a pleasant one since everyone was excited & we arrived in Barcelona in the morning.

Having spent a couple weeks in France, I had started to get used to struggling to understand people & talking Kavya into ordering my food. For that reason, I was a tad excited to hear the announcer say “Bienvenidos a Barcelona!” Suddenly, I felt useful again! That afternoon, we dropped our stuff off in our hostel and headed to the beach to relax. The beach was warm and we enjoyed Tapas (traditional Spanish food) while listening to Juanes.

That night we looked for one of my favorite parts of Hispanic culture: Salsa dancing. With a quick crash course in Salsa dancing for the rest of the group, we headed to a dance club and enjoyed the atmosphere. A live band was playing and the dance floor was PACKED with Hispanics. Needless to say, we had a lot of fun.

The next morning we headed to la Sagrada Familia  – Barcelona’s famous church. La Sagrada Familia has been under construction for… ever. Seriously, over 100 years and it’ not finished yet. However, they are expecting to finish within the next 10 years! You can definitely tell that la Sagrada Familia isn’t your typical church; the architecture is crazy!

What a funky looking church!
The ceiling of la Sagrada Familia

The next day, we decided to explore the city by walking around and getting lost. We found Las Ramblas – a famous street covered with vendors, delicious food, and tourists. There we decided to get caricatures… & they were awesome!

We all got caricatures!

After a fun day of exploring, eating delicious food, and enjoying beautiful weather; we traveled back to Metz. More trips to come soon!

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