After a crazy week figuring out all of the details for staying another year, a group of us took the train to Barcelona for the weekend. I had been in the Fall but I was so excited to go to the beach! One of my best friends in the world was meeting us there to celebrate her birthday, and I was so thrilled to see her. Bridget was my roommate freshman year at Northeastern and has been one of my best friends ever since, almost 4 years now. She just started a 6 month co-op in London, so she was able to come for the weekend. I hadn´t seen her in almost a year! Two of our other friends from Northeastern also met up with us; Lizzie was doing a 5 week dialogue in Rome and Ryan 5 weeks in Valencia. I´ve talked about this before but Northeastern really offers such incredible abroad opportunities.
In the Fall we saw all of the tourist attractions in Barcelona, so we had a pretty open agenda. The one thing we skipped in the fall was waiting in line to go inside the Sagrada Familia, but when Caroline and Brian visited they informed us we had made a huge mistake, saying it was one of the coolest places they had ever been. Colette bought tickets ahead of time so we didn´t have to worry about the line.
Friday night we took the train to Barcelona, went out for an incredible seafood dinner, and went to a club called Shoko. When the club closed we had a great walk back along the beach to our hostel. Saturday we were pretty slow moving but managed to make it to La Sagrada Familia, which really was spectacular inside. It´s amazing how detailed the enormous church is, I would love to see it once it´s finished…in 2026. We spent the afternoon at the beach and then met up with Bridget and her friend Amy for her birthday dinner. All of us headed back to the bar Dow Jones, then went out to a club in Poble Espanyol, which is a village outside of Barcelona created for the Olympics. It has buildings designed with different styles of architecture from all over Spain, and we recognized a lot of the styles. We stayed all night and even got some sunrise pictures on the beach when we got back. It was such a great weekend, there is nothing like seeing one of your best friends after so long! There are about 150 pictures of Bridget and I hugging at different points throughout the night. Luckily for me she will be in London until December so I plan on seeing her this fall. Barcelona is such a fun city and would be a really cool place to live, I´m so glad we went back.