Monday, October 14 – Tuesday, October 15
Barcelona is one of my favorite cities in the world and a place that I keep returning to. Daniel and I kicked off the international portion of our vagabonding adventure in Barcelona so that we’d be in familiar surroundings while we recovered from jet lag. We had initially planned to be here for three full days, but thanks to our unplanned bonus day in New Jersey, we only got to be here for two.
And recover from jet lag we did. I’ve always had a particularly hard time with jet lag and tend to get sick whenever I travel across the pond thanks to my compromised immune system. I’m now travelling with a fancy high potency probiotic which has to stay refrigerated (now that’s a fun logistical challenge!) and so far it seems to be working. I’ve had no illnesses and no flare-ups of my autoimmune disease so far.
But my two days in Barcelona were rough. I was really tired during the day and wide awake at night. I wandered around the city in a daze to keep from falling asleep and my digestive system was out of sorts. I was unable to get excited about the magical things and places that Daniel kept pointing out to me. Lack of sleep turns me into a grump monster.
So that’s about all I have to say about Barcelona, this time. Here are a few pictures.
Outside the window of our apartment, located one block off of Las Ramblas.
Walking around the narrow streets of Barcelona.
Plaça Reial. A bit touristy but still lovely.
Barcelona street food. Delicious Iberian ham in a to-go cone.
We bought our Iberian ham cone from this vendor in the market.
Our first meal in Barcelona. Sardines with potatoes. Yum!
Tomato bread? Yes please!
Daniel’s happy food face.
Daniel’s happier food face.
Daniel’s happiest food face.
Our favorite meal was at a place called El Xampanyet. This place is popular. Expect to arrive early and wait in line.
The bustling crowd inside El Xampanyet.
Leche de pantera (panther milk). We were introduced to panther milk during our last trip to the city.
A little play on words. Leche de pantera rosa means “pink panther milk”
Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar.
Inside the Basilica.
A statue of Sant Ignasi inside the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar.
Barcelona street art.
Barcelona graffiti. Photo by Daniel.
We went to the beach! But it was threatening to rain so we didn’t stay long.
Walking along the beach. Photo by Daniel.
Waiting for the Barcelona metro.
We wandered into an enormous protest. People are protesting due to long sentences handed down by Spain’s Supreme Court for Catalan separatist leaders.
Park Güell. Tickets are now required to visit almost the entire park so we didn’t get inside this time. Lesson learned: be sure to buy tickets in advance.
Park Güell. This portion is open to the public.
A view of the city from Park Güell. You can see La Sagrada Familia in the distance, still under construction. We didn’t make it to La Sagrada Familia this trip.
A photo of La Sagrada Familia from a previous visit to Barcelona with my friend Lisa Mendez.