I don’t know where to even start with this. So much has happened so fast. This place is incredible. Time stands still and flashes by instantaneously. Everything is both infinite and fleeting at once.
I have seen so much! I made friends with the kids in my Business Spanish class on Friday and we all went out to lunch after class in the district called El Born. It’s one of the older neighborhoods between L’Eixample and Barceloneta. It’s near the beach so after lunch we walked by the water and saw the W at the end of the beach which is a 28 story hotel. We sneaked in and and took the elevator as high as we could and got an incredible view of the city. It was my first time getting an aerial view of Barcelona.
It’s not the best photo because the windows weren’t clear but it gives you a pretty good idea. That view is just one direction, it goes to the mountains in the west, and then it goes further if you were able to turn around.
On Saturday, we decided to go to Parc Güell which was designed by Gaudí. There wasn’t really an easy way to get there, so we took the metro to the nearest stop and walked around. It’s in a different neighborhood that’s higher in the mountains and we got amazing views of the city and of the ocean and the mountains behind us. We got off the metro and got lost trying to find the park and ended up finding a path in a different park that brought us to the summit of a hill and we got 360 degree views of Barça.
We also have been doing a fair amount of shopping, as our classes are located downtown less than a block from Passeig de Gracia, which is more than just an equivalent of 5th Ave. in New York City. This street goes on forever and is loaded with stores like Burberry, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Diesel, Tommy Hilfiger, Emporio Armani, etc. If you wanted to blow all of your money in less than an hour on one street, this is the street to do it. But, further down the street is a strange building designed by Gaudí that I found one night: