Towards the end of my study abroad program things got really busy with trying to fit in seeing everything in the beautiful Barcelona and spending time with my new friends I was about to leave.
We packed our last few days full to the brim with eating at all of our favorite spots, and soaking up the sun in the Mediterranean sea until the very last second!
The goodbyes were much harder than I expected. I never knew I would meet such amazing people and grow so close to them in such a short period of time. We all made plans to see each other over Christmas break so I am already looking forward to that!
The day before my program was over, my mom flew into Barcelona!! Ive never been so excited to pick someone up from the airport- although I will not miss paying the taxi fee to get there! ha!
We had planed two weeks of personal travel, just her and I.
We visited Seville, Lagos, Lisbon, and then I played tour guide and spent a few days showing her around my stomping grounds of Barcelona!
I know I said in a previous post that Italy was my favorite but… Lagos, Portugal completely stole my heart. I am still to this day dreaming of the bright blue waters. My roommate from Barcelona met my mom and I there for a few days to celebrate her birthday (how cool?!) and we sent the day kayaking off the coast and touring the caves in the water. I would do anything, ANYTHING, to go back!
I learned with my weekend travels and then traveling with my mom that Air bnb is the best way to go, hands down. It’s for the most part always cheaper, the people are more friendly, and the best part is you have a kitchen so you don’t have to spend so much on eating out and can go to a local market and cook your meals with you friends! which makes for better memories and sometimes food in my opinion!
This is a picture from the cutest back patio that our Air bnb had. We were right next to the ocean so we hung out here at night and played cards and danced. so dreamy.
Traveling with my mom verses traveling with other students in my program was completely different! It was a lot less stressful with my mom just because I felt more calm and like I had a safety net. traveling with my friends, while extremely fun, always had me a little stressed about my budgeting for some reason.
Looking back on my experience, I would not trade one single thing.