I Want To Go Again!

I was in Spain 11 years ago, and spent time in the northeastern portion of the country in Barcelona and Pamplona...and I'm not sure I've ever had so much fun while traveling as I did when I was there.

When we arrived in Barcelona, we found this really great hostel just a few blocks from Placa de Catalunya at the top of La Rambla. It was run by this little Spanish lady, it was small with maybe only 16 beds, but you got to know everyone that passed through there. We spent a few nights going out to have some fun with others from the hostel....Canadians, Americans, Spaniards, I don't even remember who else was there. But we had such a good time.

We saw some of the major sites around Barcelona including La Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell, La Pedrera, Olympic Park, and we made it down to Port Vell and the beach. I was enthralled by the architecture of Antoni Gaudi, fascinated that while much of it was already 80+ years old, but that compared to much of the contemporary designs of today, even now it would be way ahead of its time.

We took an overnight train to Pamplona for a once in a lifetime chance of experiencing the San Fermin festival (running of the bulls). It was a fascinating experience of culture and celebration...you can read my story about attending a bull fight for more information on my time here!

Spending time in Spain was like one huge celebration. There was so much energy in the air, good food, lots of sangria, and beautiful places everywhere we turned. We met people along the way, and had such an amazing time with them. We saw amazing things, and experienced culture at every turn. I remember simply walking through a park in the middle of the city, with teenagers being taught how to be matadors right there beneath the huge trees. Strangers became our friends for a night, and we went out just for some dancing, some drinks and a lot of fun. I remember walking back to our hostel at 5 in the morning after spending the night at a four storey night club down by the beach, and there were hundreds of people around us walking along the streets.

Spain was an amazing place to visit, somewhere I would love to go again someday, and visit places further south. Their culture is so rich and inviting, and it was most definitely one of my most favourite places I've ever visited!
Lucidblue Lucidblue
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2 Responses Aug 7, 2010

Lived in Spain for a year and absolutely loved it......espana te echo de menos!

It definitely was a good time! It's been 12 years since I was there, so it was a long time ago, but so many memories!