Barcelona 001 / We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us

Sep 4, 2016
Third year can be rather depressing! But there's something to look forward to once you work your way through it - and that's grad trip (and of course graduation too). At the time of deciding where to go, Ida was scared to go on flights due to her traumatic experience of a turbulent flight. She was willing to fly, but the furthest she could do was two hours. I suggested Barcelona because 1) it's about a two hour flight there, 2) it meets our budget and 3) my brother and my boyfriend had a great time over there. Not to mention Barcelona is the best place to be during summer! Everyone was happy about it, so Barcelona it was!

I was really excited about Barcelona. Anjalee was meant to be in charge of accommodation since she finishes her exam the earliest out of all of us. But I took over instead because it was far more interesting than exam revision. Also, Mandy and I planned the whole trip to ensure we utilise our time well in Barcelona.

We went to Barcelona on the Sunday after summer ball for five days. Once we arrived in Barcelona, we went to our Airbnb apartment to leave our suitcases. Our apartment was really close to Sagrada Familia, so I thought it makes sense to go there first. To save time, we booked our tickets - in fact for all of the attractions - the night before we left UK. We went during the afternoon time, and it was absolutely stunning to see the light streaming through the stained glass windows, producing beautiful bright colours. I would definitely visit Sagrada Familia again, regardless of whether it's completed or not. Next time though, I would love to hear about the history and the architectural design, either by taking an audio tour or having a guide.

After we left Sagrada Familia, we returned back to the apartment for dinner, which was cooked by the wonderful Mandy. We finished dinner early so we could get to the Magic Fountain early. We arrived there 30 minutes early, but all the good spots were taken already. Luckily we found a wall where we could sit on. The problem was because we were so short, we had to support each other, which took some time and effort haha. I separated from the group temporarily to find a better view for pictures. It was a really nice and relaxing way to end our first day in Barcelona, simply by enjoying the music and lights.

"There is no reason to regret that I cannot finish the church. I will grow old but others will come after me. What must always be conserved is the spirit of the work, but its life has to depend on the generations it is handed down to and with whom it lives and is incarnated"

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