I had a wonderful trip to Europe--so wonderful, that I am ready to pack up my things (and my dogs!) and move to Spain. Sometimes you just fall in love with a place, and you can't explain why as much as you feel it, but Barcelona was that place for me. There was a whole new culture to embrace and experience, and I loved that I felt like I was learning so much while there. I enjoyed the people, their affection towards each other, and their willingness to help me if I needed. And I don't even know where to start with the food...fried eggs and french fries?! I almost fell off my seat when I first saw that on a menu. (And it's a traditional dish!) I also liked that the portions were not super-sized, so you could truly enjoy and savor the food, as you are supposed to. I loved drinking cava with my meals, and finally, I loved my company :)
I had a birthday while I was gone too! I lost most of the day due to traveling and time changes, but it was pretty cool to spend the last few hours of my birthday in Spain. It wasn't a bad way to kick off my 28th year, either. I obviously have a tremendous amount of photos to go through, but here are some (below) of my very first night--and birthday--in Barcelona!
^^Our first hotel! I was so excited to arrive, and immediately loved everything about Barcelona. Isn't the architecture amazing?
^^We landed kind of late, so we headed out around 11PM or so for dinner. We came across a place called "Qu Qu" (pronounced "coo coo"), and no joke, they were playing 90's hits! It was clear that we found the right spot to eat.
^^Traditional Spanish tapas!
^^Cheers, with birthday cava!
^^Chicken fingers, natch.
^^I will totally be making this artichoke cannelloni at home.
^^And of course, I had birthday cake! (Note: the portion size of the dessert. It's kind of nice to not feel like you have to waddle out of a restaurant.)
^^I was hoping a quick change to b/w would edit the bags from underneath my eyes ;)