The morning we left for Barca was yet another early morning. Barcelona was not originally on the list as Suze had already been there, but we would have had an extremely long journey getting from Valencia all the way to the South of France and without stopping through Barcelona anyways, so we decided we would stay for one night in Barca before making our way to France. We arrived in Barcelona in the afternoon and took a taxi from the station to Suze’s family friend Sarah’s house. After unpacking and talking with Sarah about the day/night’s plans, we set off to find ourselves a beach. We walked for a very, very long time, passing Las Ramblas, and all sorts of things before finally finding the crowded sandy beach. We relaxed in the sun for a while, but it was hard to relax with all of the vendors walking around asking you if you wanted to buy their products. Mojitos, tapestries, massages: you name it, they sold it. Eventually I decided pretending to be asleep, whilst clutching my purse to my chest, was the best remedy and eventually they stopped bothering me.
After hanging in the sun, we took the train to La Sagrada Familia and walked from there to the last stop on the list, Park Guëll. I had been told by many to visit this park and being a sucker for a view, couldn’t pass it up, even if that meant a 2-hour walk trying to find it. The walk was well worth it and its views were breathtaking. We hiked all over that park. At one point in the hike we reached a series of crosses on a hill and from there saw Barcelona in its entirety it seems.
After enjoying the views, we made our way back to Sarah’s house where we were to meet them so that we could go out to dinner with her family. Dinner was fascinating. The language barrier was palpable. Sarah and her two kids spoke English fairly well, but they all spoke far too fast for Suze and I to keep up. Not only this, but they would simultaneously switch from Spanish to Catalan, which was a whole new level of confusing. Nevertheless, I enjoyed spending time with Sarah and her family and they graciously invited us both to come back soon and spend more time with them. We ended our time in Barcelona wishing we had planned for more of it, and I do hope to be back to this vibrant city one day.