Joyous Return

Going to Spain was the trip of a lifetime, and it was utterly incredible!  I’m really sad that it’s over now, though it is nice to be back at home writing this from my own desk.  I haven’t taken many photos since my last post on Tuesday, but I do have a few to sum…

Montserrat

That’s right; Saturday’s trip was Montserrat.  Most people probably know the abbey for Our Lady of Montserrat, a statue of the Black Madonna found there in the 9th century.  We did go in the monastery, and it was cool to see the statue, but my favorite part of the trip was the 10k of hiking…

Walking…and lots of it

As the title suggests, I did a lot of walking this week from three miles around the city Wednesday to a little over six miles today (It felt like more).  Tuesday was a pretty relaxing day other than taking a walk around Marc’s campus.  He attends the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, which is known for…

Girona

During their rule, the Romans settled many places.  Spain has at least twenty or so towns with some Roman origins.  Of these towns, Barcelona and Girona are only two.  Since Girona is more of a day-trip distance than a twenty minute train ride, we all hopped in the car yesterday morning to go.  (One thing…

Barcelona

With Festa Major over, I’ve spent a lot of time exploring the city of Barcelona over the last few days.  Wednesday morning began with a walk down La Ramblas and a trip to the Gothic Quarter, which has some really impressive architecture.  Following that, I wanted to go to Park Guell, which when I looked…

Festa Major!

As I said in my last post, Festa Major began Friday evening and continued through yesterday.  It technically finished around midnight, but I was still hearing the occasional firecracker around one a.m. when I managed to fall asleep.  Festa Major in past years was originally just for the youth and often got out of control,…

España!

Hola!  I’m at the point now where half the things I think are in Spanish, and I want to write this in Spanish too.  I understand a lot of what everyone says though sometimes the conversation goes too quickly and I get lost.  However, I’m having a lot of fun!  The plane ride here was…

On The Road

My morning began sometime before six a.m. with the sounds of my usually late-sleeping sister rising early and eager to be on the road for her first trip out of the country.  Kayley, of course, is only coming up to Canada to put me on the plane, but it’s still exciting for her especially with…