Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Buenos Dias from Barcelona

Hola from Barcelona! I am blogging via iPhone, so bear with me. I just got back from a muggy 5 mile run down to the water front, and holy moly I'm sweaty! Eighty percent humidity is a real thing that this Oregon girl knows nothing about. It makes a 5 mile run feel like 8 or 9.

Waterfront view this morning in Barcelona

Anyway, I wanted to catch you up on our trip a bit. Things started rocky with a flight delay and then a missed transfer for our direct flight from Calgary, BC to London. Luckily, the airline put us in a nice hotel and have us meal vouchers AND we got to see blogging friend Leigh (who I did the Victoria Marathon trip with) and her husband while in Calgary.

We had less than 24 hours in London, but saw as much as we could. Caught the changing of the guards at Buckingham Pallace, had a few pints in English pubs, experienced a good downpour while enjoying said pints, saw Big Ben, Abbey Road, the London Eye, etc.

We then moved on to Barcelona for three nights. Barcelona feels pretty huge - 1.6 million and is definitely tourist dense in the center of town, but it is gorgeous with so much to see and do.

Just another picturesque street in BCN

A few things we did just yesterday - walked down La Rambla, a major pedestrian street filled with shopping and food vendors, bought fresh fruti from La Boqueria, toured the famous Gaudi designed Sagrada Familia, enjoyed a gin and tonic the size of my head, and chowed down on some tasty bolognaise after walking almost 6 miles.

My first gelato of the trip!

This morning, we enjoyed breakfast at our hotel then walked to a Gaudi designed home Casa Battlo to see more of his crazy, yet incredible designs. We enjoyed a few croissants and coffee and walked back to the hotel. Now we are getting ready to head to the beach for a few hours of relaxation in the sun! And tomorrow, on to Roma!

Casa Battlo

The internet seems to be slow here, so I'm not able to upload other photos, but check out my instagram account for a sneak peek into our trip thus far. 

These feel like a fancy version of sweat pants. So tempting...

A few observations about Barcelona and the people here - everyone likes their perfume/cologne like whoa, lots of people smoke, people tend not to smile at you unless you're talking with them, the poncho pants are very popular, so popular and comfy I almost bought a pair, it seems that eating veggies is not as important or easy here as it is in the U.S. Often times, you have to order a salad separate to your meal if you want to enjoy both veggies and protein. 

Okay, off to the beach! Ciao!

6 comments:

missris said...

Wow it looks so beautiful! And I totally would have bought those pants :)

Amber said...

ARGH! Stupid Air Canada! Now I feel bad I told you they were an OK airline. That really sucks you missed your connection in Calgary :( I'm glad you got to see Leigh though, that's awesome!

Looks like an amazing trip so far. I've never visited Barcelona but it looks amazing!

Vanessa said...

Wow, it looks like your trip has been amazing so far! I don't think I could have walked away from those pants. :D

Jessica said...

I'm enjoying all your pictures! Looks like you are having fun!

Jessica Jarrell said...

Barcelona is gorgeous, and it looks like you are having fun! Now I know why I'm having a hard time increasing my mileage- because I always run at above 80% humidity. Holy grossness! :)

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I love the photos you have been sharing! Keep them coming! Looks like your trip is off to a great start. But that SUCKS that you missed your flight there. :( I am glad you were able to see Leigh, though, but that is not a good way to start a vacation. :/

Running in humidity is so tough. We had 85% humidity on Saturday when I did my 10 miler and it was tough! Luckily the temps weren't too high so that made it a bit more tolerable, but I was definitely fantasizing about cool fall runs!