I went back to Barcelona with the intention of completing my to-do list, as when I was there a few months before I had instead gotten into the party atmosphere of the city. On the train ride over I sat next to two lovely girls from London, who were also headed to the city for the weekend! We agreed to go explore Barcelona Beach that night together.
Unfortunately they had housing problems and were not able to make it out that night. So I decided to head out on my own and try to meet people in the hostel bar. On my way down I ended up running into Andy, who was my hostel roommate in Berlin. He was wearing George’s baseball cap! He introduced me to all of his friends and we spent the rest of the night telling the epic stories of Berlin to them.
The next day I went over to my two London friend’s apartment for dinner. My phone stopped working on the way over and could not call them to let me in. I did not know what room they were in, so I spent the next 10 minutes knocking on every door until they answered. (Their apartment was the very last door I knocked on.) We had a lovely girl’s-night of margaritas and paella.
On my final morning in Barcelona I ran into my friend Matt in the hostel lobby, whom I had met a few days before in Paris. We decided to do a walking tour to mark off some items on my to-do list before I caught a train to Seville that afternoon.
I met my friend Alex in Seville that night (I had met her three months before in Budapest). Seville exceeded all of my expectations as they had the most beautiful buildings, the nicest people, and the cheapest and most delicious tapas and sangria!
On the first day we explored the Seville Gothic Cathedral, which is the biggest in the world. It is not officially the largest Basilica (which is St. Peter’s in Rome) because the Pope refused to bless the church after the townspeople had held markets inside! We then climbed forty flights of stairs to have the best view of the city.
Afterwards we went across the street to explore the Alcoraz de Sevilla. It is a Moorish inspired building with beautiful tiles and breath-taking gardens.
That evening Alex and I went to our first authentic Flamenco show! The dancers were incredible as they commanded the stage with beautiful and dramatic performances. I particularly loved how the female costumes are made to accentuate the female curves. This is a must-do for anyone going to Seville.
The next evening we went out with the rest of our hostel for a tapas night! In most cities of Spain, whenever someone orders a drink, a free plate of food (tapas) is also brought out! It allows for a delicious, and extremely cheap, meal.
After three days in Seville Alex and I went to Malaga for a much needed beach detox. The three months of traveling had really gotten to us. For the next two days we laid on the beach from sunrise to sunset.
On our final night together we enjoyed a wonderful night of cava, tapas, and girl-talk.
After Alex left, I decided to spend one more day in Malaga to explore. On Sundays the Old Alvarez and Castle are free, so I climbed up the hill to visit both. They provided the most spectacular views of the city, and I stayed up there until sunset.
My final stop on the trip was Madrid. I was really sad to go to this city alone, so I was pleasantly surprised when I walked into the hostel and discovered my friend Matt (who I had seen in Barcelona) in the lobby! We decided to explore the city center together.
My two favorite places in the city were the Royal Palace of Madrid and San Gines Chocolateria.
Spain was the perfect place to end my crazy European adventure. I got to experience each of the four cities with some great people and fell in love with the Spanish lifestyle (especially the siestas!).
In total, I was in Europe for 90 days, toured 20 cities in 8 different countries, had 2 cell-phones stolen, and came home completely broke. But every cent was worth the amazing experiences I had. I am so excited to spend the next month at home recovering and relaxing before returning to Munich, Germany for a year. While in Munich during my trip I met a lovely family that I will Au-Pair for. Let the adventures continue 🙂