Barcelona in Pictures

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La Playa Barceloneta at sunrise

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The Sagrada Familia

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Some of the stained glass in the Sagrada Familia

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A panoramic view of the interior of the Sagrada Familia

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An exterior sculpture on the Passion Facade at the Sagrada Familia

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The view of Barcelona from the top of the Sagrada Familia

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The Olympic Rings(!!!)

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The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

 

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The view from the famous serpent bench at the Park Güell

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Friends and the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Two of my friends from my program spent this past weekend in Barcelona! We took an overnight bus Thursday from Madrid to Barcelona (wasn’t as bad as it sounds) and arrived at 6:30 Friday morning. We quickly stopped to pick up coffee and a croissant before heading to the beach to watch the sunrise. The rest of our first day was spent touring the Sagrada Familia (Antoni Gaudi’s masterpiece/work-in-progress church). The interior was an incredibly intricate lesson in symbolism with each detail having been precisely thought out. After a quick menu del día at a cute terraza, we took a mini nap, and went to find a hop-on-hop-off bus tour. It seemed like an easy way to see all the sights. Once it got dark, and the tour ended, we went to a Thai restaurant that advertised “The Best Curry in Barcelona” (it was really good) and went to have drinks and dessert to celebrate Julia’s 21st birthday. The next morning, we took our time and looked around some markets and parks in the morning before exploring the Gothic quarter (with a delicious Argentinian lunch). We ran through the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya before cooking dinner at our airbnb. The next morning we visited Gaudi’s Park Güell and relaxed at the beach before heading to the airport. All in all, it was a great weekend, but we’re all glad to be back in the comfort of Madrid!

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