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Today was to be devoted to a few main things. Gaudi's Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell, and Camp Nou.

Sagrada was a simple affair because they didn't want to go in so we walked a round and took photos.

Supposed to walk to Parc Güell, but silly me directed us down the wrong way so after walking about the correct 15min we realised we were almost where we began. Ugh my attempt to save money didn't really work out. Metro to Alfons X but not before a quick churros stop! Yay.

We stopped at a random shop which turned out to be run by Chinese people, I asked directions to Parc Güell, TZ asked about eating places, DB went to buy a towel. (He brought three towels in his check in, which he left in Hamburg. Genius.)

Ate at the recommended place, had two platos del dia and an extra chorizo (spicy-ish sausages) to share. So worth it. The platos we ordered had two paellas for appetiser, a roast beef and a veal for mains, and pudding and soft cheese with honey for dessert. Chose two beers for drinks (San Miguel). Food wasn't as brilliant as it was last night, but it was good and most of it was friendly personal recommendation from one of the waiters! Altogether 9 eur person, and the fullest I've been since sg.

Spent some time walking around Parc Güell, the two of them got their panorama fix at a high vantage point. They went off a little earlier to camp nou, while I stayed and walked around some more. I'm glad I did because I managed to get to this crazy high part of the park, which had a pretty much 360 view of the city. It was so amazing, better than the previous spot we'd been in. I also walked in the forest area, it was so beautifully quiet. I saw a lot of different kinds of birds, mostly sparrow size but some a bit bigger.

And everything was super Mediterranean. It actually felt like Spain for once. Like the episode where Asterix and Obelix somehow end up in Iberia. (¡ olè!) it's all gnarly bark and trunks, pine needles, pear shaped waxy leaves, dusty orange pathways, weathered tan rock.

Okay then I began my long trek to Camp Nou. If you look it up on the map, it's really far. But I had decided to do it because then I'd get to really walk across the city, and I wouldn't have to pay another metro trip (which is not distance fare, it's by trip so very expensive). I saw a few cool street names referring to people like jules verne, cervantes, copernicus.

Eventually it was 445, and I decided I couldn't make it to camp nou by 5, our agreed meeting the being 430/5. The back up was that if I wasn't there, we'd meet back at the house. So I took the metro back to Pl. catalunya, took a long indirect route back up here, and I'm here now writing this.

It's 7pm and the guys I think have just returned cos I heard the buzz.

Yeah, it's them and they had an awesome time at camp nou but they were also a little worried about me haha. Oops.

Night bus at ten pm today to Madrid, I can't wait to see AM! Hopefully I'll have fun this trip (I mean the whole thing).

Oh and I'm sorry, I was really mean to db yesterday. Doesn't really change the fact that I'm gonna have to figure out how to get along with him, but I don't have to be mean to him in semi public :(

That said, I realise what a difficult thing I have chosen to do. I'm here for ten days with two people I'm barely friends with. For E I had to turn a friendship into a travelship. Given that there are no personality clashes etc that's alright. But now I have to develop both friendship and travelship, or maybe just travelship if that's possible lol. And they've both been friends for a while now. How now brown cow.

Maybe I just need to chill and accept. I'm not gonna complain. I've made my bed and I'll lie in it! And enjoy it too. Done.

PS did you realise that the word gaudy came from gaudi?? I was mind blown.

Boys vs girls travel
5. More swearing (unless you have someone like E...)
6. More nagging about safety (from them)
7. Gossip about girls
8. Always hungry

PS achievement unlocked! I walked around in 2 layers the whole of today.

Posted by seaskimmer 11:20 Archived in Spain Tagged barcelona spain gaudi

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