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The City that never rests and the City that never sleeps

 

I spent a little over a week in Spain, it was an adventurous week to say the least. We spent some time in Barcelona before taking the train to Madrid and I had the opportunity of experiencing the uniqueness of both cities.

Barcelona can be best described as bustling with life! The streets were packed with people from all walks of life, on every corner, was a street performance and there was an endless number of events to engage in.

Out and about in Barcelona
Out and about in Barcelona

On our first outing, we took a walk on the pier and then went on a boat ride. The walk was very refreshing to say the least. Beautiful people going about their activities, beautiful birds perching on the pier and the beautiful scenery of the ocean made for a very refreshing walk. If that is what a day living in Barcelona is like, then no wonder the people are so relaxed.

Madrid was more of a night time city. The streets were not as packed with people during the day as Barcelona. Dinner was eaten by 9 or 10 pm with conversations stretching into the night. Restaurants stayed open till the early am and street performers came out at night to serenade passersby.

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Madrid has beautiful architecture! You can’t help but look up at the magnificent buildings lining the sidewalks. It also has beautiful cultural sights like the Prado Museum.

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The Prado Museum
The Prado Museum

I will definitely love to visit Spain again.

Before Spain…

This will be the second country outside my home country I will be visiting. My first was moving to the United States from Nigeria. When I found out I was going to Spain I was excited and confident. As I got to learn more and more about the country my excitement grew and my confidence weakened.

They speak an entirely different language and the only Spanish word I know is “Hola”.554744 

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“¿Dónde puedo encontrar un taxi”

“¿Dónde puedo encontrar un teléfono”

I’ve learned how to say the above two sentences in Spanish. I figure, if anything goes wrong at the airport upon arrival, “where can I find a Taxi” and “where can I find a Phone” will be all I need.

I have so many decisions to make, my indecisiveness is having the best of me. I have to decide if I should;

  1. Pay extra to my phone company so I can use my phone in Spain or rely on hotel WiFi?
  2. Use my debit Card and incur potential fees or carry dollars in cash and change it to Euros at the airport?
  3. Check in my bag or go with just a Carry-on?
  4. Stay up all night so I can sleep on the plane or go to bed and also sleep on the plane?

Traveling to Europe for a week gives you even more new-world problems to deal with trust me.

It’s nothing compared to what I had to go through to get my Visa though. I had to go all the way to the Spanish Consulate in Chicago in the middle of exam week.

I am super excited about all the adventures we have lined up in our agenda; Museums, Castles, Palaces, restaurants etc. I am also excited to take pictures, I hear the architecture in Spain is beautiful.

I can’t wait to be in Europe. I leave tomorrow.