Thursday, 25 July 2013

Day 23: Gaudi Day *Eurotrip*

We woke up not feeling too bad and got ready for the day. We had breakfast at the hostel and then made a mission to Sagrada Familia which is the cathedral that Gaudi designed.

When you see it for the first time, it really looks surreal and out of place. There were huge long queues of people waiting to buy tickets. Luckily the reception dude from the hostel told us that we should buy the tickets online in advance. So we didn't stand in the queue. Thank heavens for that! We bought a guided tour so that we could hear all the history, it was very interesting. The church interior was finished three years ago and it looks magnificent. When you look up, you feel dizzy, that's how high it is. 

We had some lunch at one of the cafes close by while marvelling at the beauty of this church. Then we walked through the streets popping into a few stores. My friend was still looking for a leather jacket for herself. 

We then went to the seaside and chilled on the grass for a few minutes, soaking in the sun. It was a lovely sunny day today and the seaside was crowded with people.

We then met our tour guide for our bike tour of the architecture in Barcelona. I was quite nervous about riding a bike. I bought a bike from my sister the year, but have only tested it out in a parking lot. Haha! Now I had to ride on a bike for 4 hours. Luckily they had bike lanes here. My friend always do the bike tours in cities that she visits and said that this is such a good way to get to know the city and you get to cover a bigger area. I like challenging myself and went for it. What a pleasure it was to ride a bike. Wow! I have fallen in love with riding a bike again! 

After the bike tour, we bought some wine and then picked up our bags at the hostel and went to our couchsurfing host. It was a Mexican dude and he was super nice! He was cooking Mexican food for dinner and he invited all his work colleagues. 

The food was really delicious. He had three types if guacamole and sauce which ranged from mild to hot. I had the mild, but it was still hot! 

We were quite tired from the previous night’s jolling, so we went to sleep early! At 1:30am. Yes not early, but early for Spanish standards.

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