(Friday, May 25th) Steve and I went over to Montjuïc to the Joan Miro museum. The work was really fun and playful, but as Steve pointed out very repetitious (with the stars and line drawings). Afterwards we walked around the park a little and had lunch at Font del Gat. It was a low-key day…

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(Thursday, May 24th) We set out with Brian, Amy and Keli and started at Granja Vieder (milk bar) for thick chocolatey drinks. They were indeed very thick and very chocolatey! This particular place is the oldest in Barcelona, since 1870. I expected it to feel old, but it didn’t. It must have been refurbished in…

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(Wednesday, May 23rd) More pictures Several of us went to Casa Batlló, another amazing piece of work by Antoni Goudi. His attention to detail is remarkable. I’m not saying that all architects aren’t artists, but he just takes it to a whole new level. Then we walked around La Boqueria, Barcelona’s giant food market. We…

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(Tuesday, May 22nd) More pictures We began the day with Sagrada Familia. OMG, what an amazing building — the most beautiful I’ve ever been in. It was so cool to see a building of that magnitude in the making. Construction started in the 1880’s and Goudi estimated 300 years to complete it. With modern technology…

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(Monday, May 21st) Steve and I woke up late to find most folks gone. So we walked over to La Rambla — the pedestrian-only promenade. Some say it’s the most beautiful street in the world, I’m not sure I agree. Maybe it was in the early 1900’s, but now it’s full of street vendors and…

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(Sunday, May 20th) Steve, Orion, Rebecca, Chris, Brian and I all went to lunch. Then we headed off to Park Güell. From the top you can see all of Barcelona, it was breathtaking! The park also had some Goudi sculptures sprinkled throughout and he made the two gingerbread houses that stand at the front. Sagrada…

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(Saturday, May 19th) Time to leave the castle. A few people headed home, some people went to France for a couple days and the rest of us headed into Barcelona. We managed to check out of the castle in good time. Though we had a really tough time figuring out how to get back to…

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(Friday, May 18th) Two groups went on Segway tours in Santa Pau — a functioning medieval town. Brian, Ben and I decided not to do the tours for various reasons. We arrived in town just before lunch to walk around. It was pretty empty, but very neat. There was a castle in the middle with…

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(Thursday, May 17th) A free for all day. One group went to France for wine tasting. Another group went to a different area of France to hang out and have lunch. And a third group chose to sleep in. I was part of the group that slept in. Once we finally woke up and ate…

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(Wednesday, May 16th) We go kayaking and don’t leave on time, but make it there in good time anyway. I had been sea kayaking twice before and river kayaking once. And on this time out I discovered that I don’t ever want to kayak again. But everyone else has a great time. The reason I…

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