I fell asleep in France and woke up in Spain. You’re probably asking yourself what do I mean?! I took an overnight train from France to Spain. I was on a trip with my classmates and my French teacher, our first stop was France and now we were off to Spain! As the train rocked us to sleep we could only dream of what Spain had in store for us.
As I awoke, the only thing I could think of was a nap! I was seriously tired, the lack of sleep paired with the anxiousness of what we were about to experience put me in a weird mix of emotions. Before we got to the hotel we made a stop at the mosaic park, Park Güell, a park completely composed of gardens and mosaics in Barcelona. I have, to this day, never seen a more beautiful Park in my life! The park was just the beginning of the stunning sites we were about to see! As we got back on the bus, again all I wanted to do was lie on a soft mattress and count sheep; we stopped at La Sagrada Familia Church. This church has been under construction for over 100 years, the premise of the is church is to look like a candle melting and although the church is not finished it is a remarkable structure!
Finally, after seeing the church and the park we went to the hotel and I slept so long that my nap turned into a great night of sleep. I didn’t mean to sleep that long, I honestly wanted to explore more of Spain but accidents happen I guess!
After my glorious night of sleep, I was refreshed and ready for the day. As we were eating breakfast, the tour guide approached us exclaiming that we were going to do a lot of walking! I was so ill prepared with my canvas sneakers for what was to come, of course being the fashion forward thinking individual that I am I thought the canvas sneakers went well with my outfit that day, so I chose them to wonder around Spain for the day. Wrong move! We went the Las Ramblas, a street with: shops, food, and street performers; it was wonderful!
After spending a few days in Barcelona, we made our way to Madrid. The city is great! The locals were dancing on the streets in merriment, this place exuded happiness and I was excited to be a part of it. The few days that I spent in Madrid were magical. There was so much culture in the city to absorb. The Museo Nacional Del Prado was nothing I had ever seen before, (also I won’t lie, I was impressed that Prado was extremely close to my last name, Prade) the artwork was a style that was very unique. Being that I had already been to the Louvre in France, this museum was a different take on art. As I explored and observed the museum I couldn’t help but think about how simple yet extraordinary some of these masterpieces were. I loved every second of Madrid.
In all its entirety Spain can be summed up in one word, outstanding! I loved every second of it, even though I was exhausted a lot of the time. One thing I will recommend when going to Spain, take time to visit the smaller cities like: Seville, Córdoba, and Costa de Sol (although that’s a coast), you will see a different side of Spain. A side that shows the “real” Spain. A side that is just simply incredible!