Barcelona was the starting point of our family trip to Spain the last two weeks of May 2010. We had an overnight flight from Minneapolis to Amsterdam and a couple of hours later we got on a flight to Barcelona. So exciting to be back in Europe again!! It was my husband’s and then 10 year old daughter’s first experience in Europe. We had a blast travelling all over Spain. I wish we had spent more time in this lovely city on the Mediterranean. When I lived in Madrid as a student, I never did visit Barcelona. I passed through the train station on my way to Italy but never got to see Barcelona. So, it was a good starting point for our two week adventure.
I did alot of research and planning for this trip, along with brushing up on my Spanish which I barely used at all over the 30 years since I was in Spain last. I am happy to report that the language skills brush-up worked out really well! In fact, I guess it worked so well that people there thought I was Spanish. So many of them asked me directions or asked me to take their picture and the lady in the Granada train station asking me where the end of the line was, all in Spanish. The funniest exchange was on our last night in Spain. We were admiring a human statue when a tourist approached me to ask me something. He began in English but stopped abruptly and said to me “do you speak English?” He was American and he too thought I was Spanish! He also said that I looked as if I could go either way. That was so much fun. And the planning part of the trip, that didn’t go as well. Read on for one example.
I had planned it so that we would be able to see the sardana danced in front of the cathedral at noon the next day, our first full day in Barcelona. We got in late afternoon on a Saturday, in time to get a good night’s sleep and get to the cathedral by noon. Ah, the best laid plans of mice and men. What happened was that we apparently had to catch up on our sleep because we all slept through the alarm and awoke at 1 p.m. the following day, completely missing the sardana! Fer crying out loud!! So, next time perhaps eh? Below are some of the highlights of our entirely too short two and a half days in this charming city full of history, art, architecture and more. Do visit Barcelona if you get a chance!!