Sunday, October 11, 2009

Being Barcelonin

My last couple of days in Barcelona have been pretty low-key; I've joked that now that I've done all or most of the tourist-y things, now I'm just being Barcelonin.

Friday morning I checked out of the hostel and headed toward my second CS host's house. We hung out for awhile and then headed to Park Guell. Guell commissioned Gaudi to do all of the work in this park. It was originally supposed to be a new type of community, but Guell changed his mind, I guess, and decided it was just be a park.

Afterwards, my host made dinner and we went with other CSers to a pool hall and then to the casino. I did it up in true Spanish style on Friday night as I don't think I went to bed until about 7am! No gambling for me, though; I just watched the boys lose their money.

Since Friday was such a late night, Saturday was a day to be a zombie. My host and I didn't wake up until about 2:30 in the afternoon and then we laid around being lazy and watching movies all day. Watching Spider-Man in Spanish with the subtitles on, gave me an opportunity to try to learn more, so that was interesting. It may have even made the movie better (which I'm not a fan of to begin with).

Today we are going to head to Montjuic, one section of Barcelona that I haven't seen yet and then we'll go out to dinner later. We're also going to try to go to a bookstore that sells books in English because I could really use a Prague travel guide.

A thought on Prague: I'm excited about moving on to the next leg of my journey. At the same time, I'm quite nervous. I'm just starting to get the hang of things here and find my footing. I think it may be harder to communicate in Prague. Just a guess, but I have a feeling that there may not be as many English speakers there. And I don't have a CS host lined up yet either. I have to remind myself that I had these same nerves before I came to Barcelona and I will likely have them many more times in the coming year. Nerves aren't a bad thing, right?

One last thing :: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GAIGE! My nephew turns six today. Hopefully his mom will send me some pictures (hint, hint).

1 comment:

  1. shan, it's only been 11 days into your journey and you have been and seen some beautiful sights already. the pictures are great!.

    love mom