Saturday, February 7, 2009

Viaje a Barcelona: Parte 1

So I do have internet!!!

Friday morning, Lindsey and I woke up at 6:00 (SUCCESSFULLY!) and got ready to head out. Our sweet papá took us to the stadium where we were meeting the group. We hopped on the bus at 8:00 and headed to B-pueblo (Barcelona).

We stopped about two hours in at a little cafeteria and got some snacks, and then went the rest of the way to Barcelona. We arrived around 1:00, and picked up our tour guide. We had a panoramic tour of the city, and stopped at the top of one of the mountains to take pictures. Barcelona is BIG and GORGEOUS! We also stopped at a little park where Gaudí, a famous Spanish architect, lived. It was pretty cool. After that, we came to the hotel and rested. Lindsey and I ended up sleeping for four hours! Of course.

After our siesta, I went down to Anna's room and hung out with her and Elizabeth. Her roommate had bought some croissants for dinner, so she shared with me. Around 11:00, Ivan (my friend from church who is also in Barcelona this weekend) came with a couple of his friends to the hotel. We (Ivan, me, Anna, Elizabeth, Byron, and Jimmy) went to a bar to have some cokes, and then went to a discoteca - Nueva Época. It was SOOO fun!! Ivan and I danced most of the time. He's such a great dancer. He taught me Salsa and Merengue (sp?) and a bunch of other dances that I don't know the name of. I absolutely had a blast. Also, he told me that for an American, I dance very well! Hah!

We (the girls) came home around 3:00. The guys walked us home and then went BACK to the discoteca! Haha - they stayed out til like, 6:00. Typical of Spain. Anyway, I went to sleep after that.

This morning, we were supposed to get a wake up call at 9:30. For some reason, Lindsey and I didn't get one. I'd set an alarm on my American phone, but it'd been roaming all day and ended up dying in the middle of the night. So we didn't wake up until 10:45 and missed the walking tour. Unfortunately. But we got ready and found a cute little coffee shop and had breakfast. We then took our own walking tour to the downtown area. There were a ton of cool shops and places down there. I bought a shirt, and was going to buy some art, but the woman had already packed up by the time I returned :(

We headed back to the hotel around 3:00, and Ivan and Byron came to meet me. They are both originally from Ecuador, so we went to this delicious restaurant to have real ecuadorian food. It was awesome. We hung around until 6:00, then Ivan walked me back. We stayed in the hotel lobby talking until 7:30. He told me about coming to Spain and how hard it was to leave his town. How half of his heart is here, while the other part is there. We also talked about the Lord alot, which was so awesome. He's such a neat person!

Now I'm just hanging out in the hotel room, resting for a while. I'm going out tonight, either to go salsa dancing with some ISA friends or to meet back up with Ivan, Byron and Jimmy to dance some more. Either way, it's going to be another amazing night out on the town!

I'll post tomorrow about the final leg of our excursion, and I'll probably add pictures to both posts.



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