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Nothing but memories

It’s now been a week since I’ve been home from Spain and I can definitely say that I’m missing it already! My time spent in the laid-back city of Barcelona, to the more fast-paced style of Madrid, are all wonderful memories now. One thing I can say for sure is it was a wonderful opportunity to be able to see both cities while I was there. So, I’m thankful that the study abroad trip was split up during the week. For me, Barcelona and Madrid, while they have a lot of similarities, are also quite different. Barcelona was great because it seemed to have more of a laid-back vibe. There are parts of it that reminded me of when I lived in San Diego; maybe because it’s a coastal city. I really enjoyed the weather which I owe to being so close to the ocean. On the other hand, Barcelona still had that city vibe of Madrid, especially in the evenings.

Font Magica

So, after our four hour train ride to Madrid, the first thing I noticed was the sharp contrast of weather once I got off the train. The weather seemed to be a bit more humid than Barcelona which was expected since Madrid was more inland. Regardless, I noticed it had more of a metropolitan vibe and I was very excited to see what the city was all about. We did some more sight seeing while we were there, and ate at even more wonderful restaurants. There was one particular restaurant that I ate at which was my first time eating octopus. I can honestly say that eating octopus has never really been something that I’ve wanted to do, but since it was ordered and on our table, I said why not. Plus, I was actually amazed at how good it was. If I had to compare, it would be similar to calamari, but not as tough in texture.

Madrid_Palacio_Octopus

After a few more days went by, my time in Spain eventually came to an end and I was once again packing up to head to the airport to fly back to the states. Part of me was excited to get back home, but there was another part of me that wanted to stay. So, after hours of flying I was finally home and couldn’t wait to sleep in my own bed again. In addition, I had a new job to start the following Monday, so that was also something I was excited about.

Mercado_de_SanMiguel Market

But, now that a week has gone by, I can honestly say I wish I could go back and spend some more time in Madrid. It was by far my favorite city out of the two I visited it and there was so much more I wanted to do and see. When I was asked why Madrid was my favorite, I couldn’t really explain it in words; I guess I was just attracted to the vibe of the city. It’s just something that you feel while you are there.

Madrid_RoyalPalace_Panoramic

Hopefully, I will be able to go back and visit again someday soon. Until now, it’s back to work and back to finishing up my final year of college.

Absolutely Breathtaking

After a long trip which consisted of multiple layovers and cramped seating, I finally made it to Barcelona early Saturday morning, May 30th. I was immediately taken away by the amazing weather once I walked outside the airport. The sun was shining bright and there wasn’t a cloud in sight; all I could think at that moment was PARADISE.

We took a taxi to the hotel and once we got checked in, we decided to venture further into the city to get something to eat. I was excited to try some authentic Spanish food – mainly the Tapas (small appetizer plates) that they are well known for. As we were eating I couldn’t help but notice how passionate everyone was about futbol (aka soccer). No matter which street we walked down, there were hundreds of locals draped in their favorite futbol jersey chanting away in unison. After visiting a museum and some more walking around, we decided it was time to call it a night and get some rest since we had a couple more fun packed days in Barcelona before we headed off to Madrid.

The next couple days in Barcelona were amazing. We took a boat excursion up and down the coast of Spain which was really nice as we were able to sit on the top of the boat and see Barcelona from a distance. From there we went to get some lunch which consisted of even more Tapas. The great thing about Tapas is the luxury of eating a variety of different foods each and every time.

The day we had to leave Barcelona we decided to go and spend a few relaxing hours at the beach before our four hour train ride to Madrid. The day was perfect as usual with the sun shining bright with blue skies and not one cloud in sight. After awhile of basking in the sun, a few of us decided to purchase a small football from one of the local shops. We had fun throwing the football around for awhile, but had to hurry back to the hotel to get ready to get on the train to Madrid.

After spending a few days in Barcelona which seemed like a very relaxing city, I was ready to see Madrid which is considered to be more fast paced. Stay tuned for more…

 

Spain, here I come!

Well, I’ve finally finished up all my packing for my study abroad trip to Spain this summer. My 14 hour journey begins tomorrow morning with my first flight leaving Kansas City around 11:30am. From there, I will have a layover in Chicago and another in Newark before I make my eight hour flight to Barcelona.

It’s been several years since I’ve traveled overseas, so I’m extremely happy to be able to experience this trip to Spain. One thing I’m very happy about is that the trip will be in Barcelona for a few days, and then I’ll take a four hour train ride into Madrid. This will allow me to experience two of Spain’s major cities while I’m there.

Another thing that I’m looking forward to is being able to experience Spain’s culture. When I traveled to Italy, France, and London years ago, I was really intrigued by each one of those countries cultures, so it will be nice to experience yet another culture in a country that I’ve always wanted to visit.

Even though I’ll only be in Spain a week, there’s a lot planned which consists of meeting with different companies every day, opportunities to visit popular tourist attractions, as well as experiencing the amazing food and night life that Spain has to offer.

Needless to say, I’m extremely excited for the wonderful opportunity to travel to Spain and will be back soon with some more updates.