On April 3rd, I embarked on my week long Spring Break excursion to warm and sunny SPAIN!!! Traveling with me were Colleen and Olivia (of course), along with Gracie, Lindsay, and Bailey. Our first stop was Barcelona where I got to meet up with one of my roommates, Hilary, who is studying there this semester. Although I saw Hilary about two weeks ago when she came to Ireland, it was still really nice to see her again and have her take us around Barcelona! Now, I have been to Barcelona before, so I had already done all the touristy things, but we still hit up Park Guell and Sagrada Familia along with a few other things!
I found Hilary!
Me, Gracie, Lindsay, Colleen, Bailey, and Olivia on La Rambla!
Sagrada Familia! Check it out Grandma!
Pretending to be a lobster, obviously.
This trip to Barcelona was a tad different from when Dad and I took on the big city while visiting my sister Annie who was studying there in 2009. I got a REAL taste of what Barcelona nightlife was like this trip, and let me tell you, it is really something else. We went out two of the three nights we were there and the earliest I got back to my hostel was 5am. So yeah, I did stay out until 8am one night (morning?). It sounds late, but Spaniards don’t even go out until 1 or 2am! Such a different lifestyle from Ireland, where most of the pubs close by midnight, leaving just a few places open until 2am. Despite the late nights, I had SO much fun! The clubs were crazy. Absolutely insane. When the club closed at 630am, I had no idea that it was so early, or that we had been there for so long. No Dad, not because of the drinking, but because it was seriously so much fun!
After our three day jaunt in Barcelona, we jetted off to Palma de Mallorca, an island right off of Spain. Palma was breathtakingly beautiful. Our hotel (which was cheaper than our accommodation in Barcelona) had balconies that overlooked the pool and ocean. I felt like a real diva staying in such a room with such an amazing view.
The view from our room
The cove right outside our hotel
Olivia on the beach
During our stay in Palma, we got to lay in the sun for hours and hours and hours. It was SO nice to see sun after living in rainy Ireland for the past three months. Our days pretty much went like this: wake up at 10am, go down to the pool, read, nap, read, nap again, go back to our rooms, shower, nap again, go to dinner, bed at 11:30pm (sometimes earlier). Repeat for four days and it was a really relaxing trip. Which is just what we wanted/needed after getting basically no sleep in Barcelona.
Me and Linds in the cove
San Miguel was the beer of choice on the island
Palma rocks!! (Get it?)
Liv and I at sunset – SO romantic!!!
Me, Gracie, Liv, and Colleen
The island of Palma was pretty deserted when we got there. Probably because we were visiting in April, when their summer season starts in May. It was so empty that a lot of the restaurants only had one or two people working in the entire place. One of the days, Colleen, Olivia and I went into town to get lunch and decided to go to “Cafeteria Grill Sebastian”. Our waiter, who turned out to actually be Sebastian (never would have guessed that one), was the owner, waiter, and chef!!! He was really nice guy! And pretty funny too.
The weather was really nice! It was sunny and in the mid-60’s everyday! However, it did get a little windy at times, and if the sun decided to hide behind the clouds for a few minutes (one day it was hours UGH), it did get a little chilly. However, I still managed to get sunburnt! And I picked up a few freckles while I was there too.
Overall, it was a really enjoyable week! It was nice to have an entire week of traveling instead of a rushed weekend trip. I’m back in Galway and while I am writing this, I am listening to the rain hit the skylight window in my room. Yeah, I wish I was still sitting poolside in the sun with a book. But it sure is nice to be back on the Emerald Isle. It’s shocking to think that I only have a little over a month left here. I haven’t a clue where the past three and a half months have gone. Mom and Dad are coming next week, then Margot (a friend from home), comes the week after that. Then I will be traveling for a week to Scotland and Amsterdam, and by the time I get back to Ireland, I will have about a week and half left abroad. Wow. Time is definitely going to fly, which is actually kind of depressing.
Until my next adventure,