Monday, November 14, 2016

summer memories // pt. 2 - Barcelona

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Today, when it's actually snow snow and nothing but the snow outside I found some time to share one of the brightest highlights of my last summer - trip to Barcelona. I had "visiting Spain" in my bucketlist, so one thing less!
If talking more about the trip, I was traveling with my family and we were traveling on our own - no traveling agencies, nothing. We booked all - plane tickets, hotel, museums tickets on our own. And even though we had all time to ourselves, like no rush, we can do anything WE want, but I think if I was visiting some new place (especially like Barcelona) I'd probably rather have some professional guidance with me. And also, another tip - book some meal plans, because it was huuuge headache every single time we needed to choose a place to eat.

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Talking about accommodation - we lived in Badalona, around 12 km from Barcelona. We chose this city because it was near sea, our hotel was at the sea side. We used trains and metro to travel everywhere, it's actually great deal with their train cards. 

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One of the hardest thing for us was the fact, that Spanish people don't talk english. They don't even understand it. We had problems at train stations few times and got sent from one officer to another... I mean it was fine at the end, but if you're planing to visit Barcelona I recommend to know main things and not in Spanish, but in Catalonian, because also, not every of them speaks Spanish. I personally know some spanish and there were one funny moment when I needed some help at train station, I went to talk to this help lady and she was talking spanish with me while I was talking english and just out of nowhere I said one sentence in spanish and she got all mad like "you told me you don't speak spanish" haha 

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If talking about prices, Spain is pretty expensive country, well comparing to prices at Lithuania. Buut, I still managed to buy myself some clothes, I just couldn't walk past H&M and Stradivarius. But food in both restaurants and food stores are definitely more expensive. 

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Even though we went there on July, it wasn't even that hot. I mean it was hot enough to drink tons of water, but I really though Spain in summer would be hotter. We didn't even swam in sea that much, because water wasn't warm enough. But of course I managed to get burned, it was painful as hell.

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Overall, I loved being there and I'm really happy I've visited Spain. I'm not sure if I will ever visit Barcelona again, but I would love to visit more cities of Spain someday. 
I hope you liked this post :) 
Have you ever been to Barcelona? What you liked the most? :) x
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