12th – 15th August

** unfortunalty no photos, they somehow didnt save on my hard drive thingy, the folder is there, but no pics 😦 dont ask, or ill cry **

Well, im thinking that you guys are going to be laughing at me after what im about to tell you but WE MISSED OUR OVERNIGHT BUS TO BARCELONA!!!
So, we loved Granada, yeah, but not that much to miss our bus on purpose! we were so annoyed because the next bus was the next day at 10:20am, and we thought our bus left at 9:30pm when it was actually 7:30pm! (dont ask ok – and yes u can laugh…) ok, we had to go back to our hostel with our tail between our legs, but luckily they were so nice there we were allowed to stay even though there was no room, but they let us sleep on the sofa bed in the tv room (even though we had to pay!) the hostels name is “Oasis” so if anyone is going to Granada, I suggest staying there, it is unbelievable…

well, we stole their sheets for the bus ride which i feel pretty guilty about doing but it has come in so handy its not funny… this hostel we are staying at in Barcelona doesnt have sheets so its all good…oh and their showers dont have doors, thats another thing this hostel doesnt have… umm, always not good..
we are staying at Hostel Kabul, it has a real party atmosphere with a really cool pool room and lounge, but everyone is pretty snobby! i think cos there are just so many people its not easy to make freinds, they have NO airconditioning and i was sweating on the spot while sleeping waking up every so often, so uncomfortable! they also charge u to keep ure bags for the day which no other hostel does…all in all, Barcelona is very expensive and is a bit overrated

La Rambla, the main street in the city of Barcelona, was jam packed full of people the whole day and night…too many tourists and too many street performers…man, but you know what really sux, they make better money than me! ahh, life…

The architecture and buildings are immaculate though, i have to admit, i was in awe while hopping on and off the tourist buses running around the city…the Gaudi buildings are so well done and so original, they cant be found anywhere…the Gaudi park was amazing as well with mosaic tileworks everywhere, i have taken a few pictures of it

Went on the first night on a barcrawl, some american girl organises it every friday saturday nights and there were about 60 people, 15euro each and we got watered down drinks in each place then ended up at a club which wasnt all that good, we made freinds with 2 really nice aussie girls and 3 american “dudes” and the 6 of us would sit outside the bars all night talking about our travels and everything else…werent really interested in the drinking and the hot sweaty bars…it was really good chatting with them, pity i didnt get their contact details, the 3 americans were staying at our hostel too…the aussie girls were great but we forgot to exchange emails, shame really…oh well..

we did the whole running around the city thing on the hop on hop off buses and we basically saw most of the sights in Barcelona because of this…i recommend it, its just that it is really expensive thats all..we went on skylifts which took us to a medieval Castle ontop of a mountain which was really nice place to take photos from, the sea looked drinkable!

Weather was hot and muggy but what really annoyedf me most was the amount of tourists around and the amount on indian souvenier shops charging you an arm and a leg for a thimble, good on geeks…well, we bumped into James, one of the guys at our hostel in Granada, ncie to bump into people you know every now and again, we seem to do that quite a bit…

All in all, Barcelona wasnt one of my favourite spots in Spain, the scenery and architecture was beautiful but the tourists and beggars were not…its a place not to be missed while in Spain, most definatley, but its not somewhere where i would stay for more than 3 days…

We decided to leave for our bus to Galicia pretty early, so went back scabbed a shower from our hostel (even though the guy didnt look like he wanted to let us) and made our way to the metro, we got on the wrong tube (not my fault!) and had to walk all the way up La Rambla again to the same tube stop, took us 13 minutes to get it through to the ladies at the ticket place that we got onto the wrong train and to let us through again and then we were heading off to the Autobus Estacion, pheww…got on the bus and straight away fell asleep, i was definatley ready to leave Barcelona, i was sure of it…Posted by da Jazz on August 15, 2004