Well after a long week of classes I was more than ready for my first trip out of Italy. After classes on Thursday my friends and I left for the airport. We were smart and booked our flight through Ryanair, a low fares airline in Europe (highly reccommended). However, the only drawback is that they dont fly out of the main airports in most cities. So, we had to take the metro to the end of the line, hop on a bus and get to Champinio airport which is just slightly outside of Rome. From there the flight was about an hour and thirty minutes. We arrived in Girona, Spain then had to take the Barcelona Bus to the city.
First of all I would like to say that BARCELONA IS AMAZING! After all of the traveling that I have done in my lifetime, I would say that it is the most exciting city that I have ever visited.
We arrived at our hostel (HelloBCN) around midnight and I was very impressed. The staff was extremely helpful and friendly and it was remarkably clean. The only slight problem was that the only room available when I made the reservations was a 6 person room with males and females. Well, our room full of 5 males and yours truly! Luckily my friend Chris was one of them and would hopefully be there to protect me! It was quite the experience. After checking in we headed to La Rambla, the capital of Barcelona's nightlife. We ended up at Placa Reial and went to fun club with lots of lava lamps and comtemporary decor. I ordered a "Gaudi" from the cocktails menu and the "bartender" gave me a weird glance. Apparantly, he's a waiter in the connected restaurant but was just filling in for one of the regular bartenders. So, after about 10 minutes and several failed attempts he presented me with a delicious cocktail! I don't think either of us were sure what was in it but it tasted delicious and we recieved free shots for the wait! Anyway, after a long night (barcelona is known as the city that never sleeps) we headed back to the hostel. We spotted a Middle Eastern Kabob shop on the way back and decided to stop for schawarma. Finally a relief from pizza and pasta! I ordered a doner kabob made with lamb. Watching the employee make this sandwich was like watching an artist complete a masterpiece. He tossed all of the ingredients in the pita bread and wrapped it up in less than 10 seconds, it tasted amazing! Luckily I was tired/drunk enough to pass out when we got back to the hostel because otherwise I think it would have been slightly awkward to share a room with 5 male strangers!