Sunday, June 29, 2014

Barcelona Day 1

I had kids pretty early and never got to go on a trip with just girlfriends. To be honest, I didn't know what to expect with being in an apartment with 4 woman and hanging out 24/7 with them. With very little, to no hiccups, we survived it and I would definitely do it again. The days before leaving were spent doing laundry and packing.  My suitcase was way too big, but because I was planning on shopping, I wanted to make sure that I would have enough room for everything when I returned. When I left Germany, my suitcase weighed 20 kilos and my carry-on was empty. I ended up wearing 2 pairs of the 4 pairs of shoes I took and every outfit except for 1, so I think I packed pretty well.  There were some things that were completely unnecessary, like the tripod that I never used. One problem I didn't need was to find out my suitcase was broken; I didn't find this out until it was packed and I was "lugging" it to the car, so I tried to fix it at the airport with the help of the bus driver.
I'm trying to explain to him what is wrong with it; his solution was to tell me to sit on it while he yanked on the handle. It didn't work and I ended up walking for 2 miles with it banging me in the back of the legs. 
One of the big differences between Germans and Americans is the air conditioning -- the Germans can't handle it;  as soon as it starts blowing they get a stiff neck, which is what happened to my friend (who is still smiling in this picture but later wanted to die because she took a pain pill and it made her sick.)
Poor thing tried to sleep but when you are a six foot, leggy blonde trying to sleep in an airplane seat, it is a real pain in the ass. 
The flight was short and we were busy stuffing our face with expensive snack food and really nasty tasting fizzy wine. 
When we got off the plane we picked up our luggage and walked straight to the bus stop that was right outside the airport door. We took an Aerobus to the Pla├ža Catalunya, which is what most people do because it's only 5,90 one way and it runs every ten minutes. We decided to take a cab to the apartment because it was almost midnight and my suitcase was broke, but after we finally got a taxi that would take all five of us and he got all of our luggage in the car, he made fun of us because we were only about 3 minutes from our place.
We rented this apartment because it was in the heart of Barcelona; we were excited that we'd have short distances to walk to everything. What we didn't expect was that it was in a town that never sleeps and it would be almost impossible to get a good night's rest.
Because I am afraid of heights, I had to take this picture while holding on to the door frame like a weirdo, but I think you can tell how far up it is.
I left the doors and the curtains open because I needed air, but I am sure more than one person saw me in my underwear. 
 This is what it looks like when 5 woman are living together.  It's not pretty.
We were hungry after we finally got settled but by then it was 1 am and the restaurants were all closed. So, we went to the 24hr supermercat and bought a bunch of junk food and stuffed our faces with doritos and ramen noodles. 
We didn't get to bed till almost 3am and fell in to bed completely exhausted, only to be woken up 3 hours later because it was so damn loud. 
We woke up completely destroyed but we still all got ready and went out for Breakfast, eager to discover Barcelona.


Anonymous said...

Awesome ♥♥♥

Babette said...


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