Sunday, December 15, 2013


What an AMAZING last weekend in Europe.  It couldn't have been any better!  Sunny, hot weather, beautiful city, and seriously awesome friends.  This weekend was honestly the most I've laughed this entire semester.

     Larysa, Alex, Ed and I ventured to Barcelona on Thursday afternoon.  We got there by evening, dropped off our bags at our insanely awesome and cheap hostel, and grabbed our first Spanish meal... tapas and paella!  Delicious!  Next, we headed straight for the beach.  The water was so calm and peaceful, we all just sat in the sand soaking up the first time we had seen a beach in months.  We walked all around the city until we were ready to call it a night.

Plaza outside our hostel

Ed, Alex, and Me

   The next morning we woke up for sunrise and watched it from the rooftop of our hostel.  Luckily for us, the hostel provided free breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  After breakfast we headed to Castell Montjuic, the Olympic Stadium, Placa d'Europa, and Palau Nacional.  We took several breaks along the way, stopping, sitting, talking, and soaking up the beautiful views.  The views were not as pretty as Prague, but they were still wonderful.  After confusing Palau Guell and Parc Guell, we had to change plans and redo our schedule.  We spent the evening on the beach until the sun set.  Alex had heard about a Magic Fountain show at Palau Nacional so we went there at night.  The many fountains are synchronized with music and lights.  We stopped for churros on the way home from the show and then headed to bed after much needed showers.

Me & Alex

The amazing light show!

    On Saturday we took the metro to Parc Guell where we were able to witness the awesome works of architect, Gaudi.  Parc Guell, Sangrada Familia (my new favorite church), Casa Mila, and Casa Batllo were all accounted for on our site-seeing walk.  It was nice to sit in Parc Guell for a few hours and just soak up the hot 65 degree weather.

   After killing time and making new friends, we had to head back to the airport.  The airport shuttles stop at 12:00am, but our flight was at 5am so we had to sleep in the airport.  Well... more like "sleep" than sleep.  I've always wanted to sleep at an airport, but it turned out to be a nightmare.  It was freezing and uncomfortable and impossible to sleep.  At 4am we went to our gate.  After flying to Milan we had a 6 hour layover before we could get back to Prague.  It was a long day with no sleep.  We were all extremely cranky (especially since neither airport had wifi), but thanks to the McDonalds in the Milan airport we all survived without biting anyone's head off.

    Thank you Ed, Larysa, and Alex for such an amazing last weekend in Europe!  4 days left in Prague- WOW!  The packing has begun.  We have a busy schedule this week of squeezing in as much Prague as possible!  10 days until CHRISTMAS! YIPPPEEEE!

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