Day One (June 16th, 2016)
Arrived at El Prat bright and early and very jetlagged! On the 9 hour flight here from Washington D.C., I accomplished reviewing 30 minutes of Spanish vocabulary, fast forwarding to all of my favorite parts of The Force Awakens, watching the beginning of Deadpool, watching all of Crazy Stupid Love, watching In The Heart of the Sea (ft. my faves Ben Whishaw and Chris Hemsworth), and two twenty minute naps. Much productivity. I arrived at 7:45 AM, waited at customs for an hour, and then met up with part of my school group to go back to our residencia! We all have singles, and I’m really impressed by amazing our accommodations are (hello rooftop pool + view of Sagrada Familia).
Once everyone arrived, we had a welcome orientation and then a few hours of free time – aka nap time. Things learned from orientation:
- Pickpockets love tourists. Tourists love Starbucks. Therefore, if you go to Starbucks, you will get pickpocketed
- To give directions, don’t use cardinal directions. Orient yourself in respect to either the mountains, or the ocean
Later, we took the metro to de Tapadillo for our tapas welcome dinner. The amount of dishes to be served was unclear at first, and I may have overindulged on the patatas fritas and croquetas initially served. I started to get full after a few plates. My stomach was not prepared at all for the 10 courses we would eventually eat. Like preparing for a marathon, one must pace herself for the long journey ahead. I instead, seemed to have sprinted the first five miles, and dragged my limp body the rest of the 21 miles. The food was delicious – ensalada, patatas fritas, jambon croquettas, fried fish, prawn paella, nachos, salmon tartar, mini burgers, truffle oil squash, and more ensalada, but I never want to be that full again lol
On our walk back to the metro station, we passed by the Arc de Triomf! It was built as the main access gate for the 1888 Barcelona world fair. It now leads into one of the largest green spaces in Barcelona. Although I’m very attached to Paris’ Arc de Triomphe, this one is still nothing short of amazing.
Days 2 and 3 to come!