let's just hop right into things without me going on about what a horrible blogger i am. i think we all know that by now. :)
so Spain was fantastic. Barcelona is an amazing city. the people seem to take so much pride in it. i mean, i saw a man cleaning a public telephone. sure, he was probably getting paid, but i have been to many major world cities and have never seen that. as i've used a lot public telephones, i wish more cities paid employees to clean them.
i really can't say enough nice things about Barcelona. we stayed just off La Rambla which made exploring the city very easy as we were within walking distance of just about everything we wanted to see. or we could take the metro which was just across the street. fabulous, i tell you. our hotel was nothing to sneeze at (i love that saying), all the employees smoked in the lobby and that got annoying, but as i mentioned it was very centrally-located. plus they bought Ayva a teddy bear as a present which was very sweet.
my dad and i took in a football (soccer) game at this stadium along with 75,000 other FC Barcelona supporters. wow, was that an experience. Barca ended up tying the game with 10 seconds left. i'm not sure you can quite imagine the hysteria that erupted. thankfully, i captured it on camera so i can relive the moment whenever the mood hits me. the only bummer part of the night was that the game ended around 12 am. what time did the metro stop? yep, 12 am. we, and thousands of others were stranded and left to walk home.
i got a lot of exercise in Spain. we walked everywhere. that walk home from the stadium was over and hour and a half. good thing too as i ate more than my fair share of pastries. i was under the misconception that Spanish desserts suck. i think i thought this because Mexican desserts suck, therefore all Spanish-speaking country's desserts suck? i was completely wrong. i found their pastries to be far superior to the French. they have this croissant that is dipped in chocolate on both ends and has chocolate inside it too! oh.my.goodness. they just got better from there. stupidly, i never took any pictures of them. guess i was too busy inhaling them to take the time to get my camera out and take a click.