We have arrived in Barcelona!

I must say, walking off of the plane and feeling the heat immediately touch our skin was an instant pick me up. After an early morning departure from Oxford, it felt nice to finally arrive in Barcelona, a city with world-renowned architecture and history, as well as a blissful coastline of white sandy beaches.

Our transfer from the airport to our hotel was quick and easy, and as soon as we got into our rooms, we changed quickly and met our tour guide Angela in the lobby. Angela was taking us on a walking tour of the city and her knowledge and passion for Barcelona kept us engaged, even after a long and tiring travel day. She kept the tour light and easy, while showing us key locations and points of reference to gauge our bearings within the city.

We first learned where the metro stop closest to our hotel was, and learned which stops take us right into downtown. As soon as we exited the metro stop in the heart of Barcelona, we felt the pulse of the city and were so ready to walk to it’s beat.

Angela took us along Las Ramblas and pointed out the many side streets that lead to the many unique neighbourhoods of Barcelona. We also saw the Roman Walls in Barcelona at the Placa Nova, and noted that La Boqueria market is a MUST to eat tapas, take pictures and explore all the goods the market has to offer.

It was obvious immediately that Barcelona has no shortage of culture, and even though the tour was ending, and the exhaustion was kicking in, we were left excited for the next 10 days. Excited to eat tapas at the places Angela recommended, excited to explore the art embedded throughout the city, and so excited to observe how Gaudi influenced Barcelona with his distinctive style of neo-gothic architecture.

Upon return to the hotel, Travelodge Barcelona Poblenou, we ate dinner, caught up on some work, and headed to our rooms for a much-needed rejuvenating sleep.

Barcelona is our chapter two,

and we can’t wait to share it with you!

Stay tuned for more!

Stephanie

Program Coordinator