After a week of staying at Rome, I grabbed the chance to fly to Spain with my cousin (ate) Marinette. Actually, our trip should be Greece and Spain but because of the flight schedules we wasn't able to go Greece, so we just go ROME-BCN-MRD-ROME instead. (next blogpost will be Madrid) Sometimes I find myself a burden to ate Marinette because she always worry about our flight, like what if we didn't check in on time or miss the flight, the size and weight of our luggages, etc., while I was very very calm and always eating or just checking the place and people.
We landed at Barcelona at 5 PM. It was so hot there unlike Rome that that time we're already got jackets. It was so sad that I brought a lot of winter clothes not knowing that in Barcelona the climate is the same as the Philippines. Good thing the shops there comes in a cheap prices, even the branded like Primark and Zara! I'm not a fan of bags but there's these 2.50euro clutch from Primark that I bought, because that's a steal!! Other than shops, in Spain they have KFC and Dunkin' Donuts that Italy doesn't have--at the time I was there. Because Italy doesn't have those fastfood chains my cousins wanted to eat there badly, so right after our friends welcomed us at Barcelona ate Marinette already asked to eat at KFC! (A week after my departure a KFC opened in Rome)
I met a lot of friends here than Rome. Maybe that's why I like Spain better than Rome. I love the people, but maybe not the language. I'm really not familiar with it, imagine, I came from Philippines where our language is tagalog and english, fly to Rome, my birthplace where I can understand a little of Italian(because my parents used the language at home sometimes and i find it easy to learn too. And then after a week, I'm in a new country with a different language that I never try to learn before. Sometimes I feel out of place because I'm the only one can't relate.
Good thing they know tagalog.
Good thing they know tagalog.
At Spain, we always commute. Most filipinos there don't own a car because the mode of transportation there is very well provided and there were so many lines of trains. Every time we rode the bus, before we reach the next station I always hear "propera parada", i guess the meaning of the phrase is "next stop". I am so absorbed when I hear the propera parada phrase at the bus. lol. So one time, tired me and my tired friends surrounded by Spanish peoples were waiting for the bus, and me, out of nowhere, say propera parada propera parada propera parada propera parada hundred times! That was so childish and so embarrassing, people were staring at me like I'm an idiot. But we just laugh at myself nalang. lol Another thing that I find cool when you're in a country with a different language from yours is that you can say whatever you want to say, even the bad comments, like my ate who talked loudly at the bus saying "ang lakas naman ng anghit nitong katabi ko!". I was shocked when she say that, though I find it really awesome. loooool!
We stayed at Barcelona for 3 nights and 3 days, I don't get to take a lot of pictures with my cam because I was busy chatting and making friends. Here are some of the places I've been.
Lots of walk. If you can see the bridge on the right side of the big bridge, we walked from where I stand to there. My friends told me "its so near, we can just walk" I'm like, "really? its so hot and we'll walk up to there?!?!?!?! OKAYYYY"
A hundred years roots
A cactus place. I feel like I'm in Mexico. HAHA!
It looks like a skeleton of a rocket ship or a cactus from afar.
Sagrada Familia by Antonio Gaudi. A building that is full of art and mystery. Why don't they just finish it? Really.
Another by Gaudi, Casa Batllo. This is my favorite building in Barcelona. I love how magical(for me) this building is! There's a half mask on every window, i love it that i bought a miniature of this building before leaving barcelona. ;)
beside Casa Batllo is Casa Amatller. I wonder who lived here before.
Our last destination before leaving to Madrid is Park Guell, a public park composed of gardens and architectures made by Gaudi. The place is so awesome! A place of art.
How did they put all the stones or whatever it is together? well, ate Carol told me that they put it all together with their salivas. lol. Just kidding! If that was true, I wonder how thirsty they was at those times of work! HAHA!
No, its not a gingerbread house. But it really looks like one right?
Next post will be about Madrid.
Again, thank you Barcelona friends especially to my besties! Haha. I wish to see you all soon again in the Philippines naman.
One thing I can't forget about my trip here is we came home very late every night, like 1AM then get up early in the morning for church. That made me sleep at the public transpo, my favorite is the Metro.