The final stop on our adventure in Europe was Barcelona, in Spain. The highlight of our trip to Barcelona was not the beautiful architecture or delicious cuisine (although we sampled plenty of both!) but the awesome people we stayed with while there. We met them through Air B&B and from the moment they opened their door to Colin and me they treated us like good friends visiting from out of town. We happened to arrive on the night of a delicious vegan dinner party, cooked by our hostess Linnea who also happened to work at the best vegan restaurant in Barcelona, Gopal. They gave us great suggestions for things to do during the day and took us to some awesome bars at night.
Our first night in Barcelona.
We visited the Maritime Museum. I loved the cute little submarine out front and snapped a photo inside of a woman who inexplicably had a bird on her head. Also, Colin looking cute.
I love the narrow stone streets of Barcelona. I took a lot of photos like these.
Colin and I at Gopal. I think we went there 3 times in 2 days. Amazing burgers and some of the best cake I’ve ever had in my life, vegan or not.
Of course we had to go to the Mercat de la Boqueria, a vast outdoor market in Las Ramblas.
It is almost sensorially overwhelming with all of the vivid colors, tastes, and smells.
We wanted to visit La Sagrada Familia, but it was too late in the day to climb to the top, so we decided to forego the entrance fee and just take photos of the outside. We had both seen the inside on separate trips, so it was no great disappointment.
Verrrrrry funny, Colin!
We also visited Gaudi’s other architectural masterpiece, Parc Guell during our visit.
This photo makes me laugh every time I look at it. Colin tried to slide down the railing and fell in a bush. Of course I had to take this photo before I helped him out.
There is a great view from the top of the park.
Also this guy singing.
Our last day in Barcelona, Colin competed in the Barcelona Music Hack Day and I uh, rested after enjoying the Barcelona nightlife with my hosts a little too much and for a little too long the night before. That evening we took a plane to Madrid and then flew from Madrid back to Palo Alto. And like that, our trip was over!
The month that Colin and I spent in Europe is and probably will remain one of the happiest times of my life. It’s been over a year since our trip and I still think about it almost every day. I know not everyone is privileged enough to take a trip like this, but if you get the chance, please, please do. You won’t regret it.