One's destination is never a place but a new way of seeing things. -Henry Miller

Blewett Family Rendezvous in Barcelona

This past weekend, I went to Barcelona to see my Aunt Marlene and Uncle Tom as they were there visiting prior to a Mediterranean cruise. I rarely see them in the U.S. because they live in Tennessee, but it was great to see them in SPAIN and catch up! They are amazing people.

I am in love with Barcelona. It’s an incredibly beautiful city and if I could afford to live there, I totally would. It’s such a “hippie” city. Lots of organic, natural foods, lots of beautiful and unique art (a Picasso museum is there). Big and bustling, but lots of small and intimate restaurants (it was especially busy in Barce this weekend because the Pope was in town). Not to mention a zillion street performers (<–see?) and a beautiful port.

We ate a delicious vegetarian dinner Friday night when I arrived and spent Saturday at the Maritime museum (free photojournalism and Russian art exhibits!), visiting the Catedral de Barcelona, and wandering around the city!

More photos:

Maritime Museum: Russian Art Exhibit (apparently the maritime part was closed?)

Sorry this is crooked. From the photojournalism exhibit. Caption in English is: May the looks on these children's faces be the future of this whole planet.

Cool street performer. The sign says not to touch him (haha).

Streets of Barce

The courtyard in the Catedral

Catedral de Barcelona

Architecture in the  Catedral

A cute store I found wandering, "All you knit is love."

Lots of colors!

This weekend excursion was also full of lots of firsts.

  • My first flight with Ryan Air. For those of you who do not know, Ryan Air is the greyhound bus of the airplane industry. Extremely cheap, but you are only allowed ONE carry one with specific dimensions. Anything else involves lots of fees. Prior to boarding the plane, the Ryan Air employees have a box that they put on every single person’s luggage to ensure that it fits within the allotted parameters. Watching this happen was very entertaining. One lady’s suitcase didn’t fit in the box and she was not pleased.
  • My first stay in a hostel. It’s so cool! And the hostel I stayed in was extra clean and swanky and not even expensive! I highly recommend Barcelona Mar if you ever take a cheap trip to the city. I was fascinated by the whole hostel experience. In fact, I made friends! Four of them from Germany! I felt encouraged to travel by myself in the future because its so easy to find company in hostels.
  • I met someone from Malaysia!  That’s a first for me.
  • I gave my German friend his first almond. No really, I bought some almonds, and gave this lad his very first almond, because not only had he never heard of an almond, but he had never tasted one!
  • My first cookie with BASIL. Yes, you read that right. Basil. The cookie was coffee, chocolate, and basil. It was surprisingly delicious.
  • I had my first ever dream in Spanish! On the plane from Barcelona. Well, not the whole thing. Just part of one. But still, COOL!

A great weekend! And a big shoutout to my aunt and uncle for making it so special. 🙂

Besos!

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5 responses

  1. tERIyaKilord

    Oh wow, that floaty statue man in creeptastic! Cool list of firsts! Hmm cookies with basil Ideas! Sounds like an epic weekend adventure!

    November 9, 2010 at 12:03 am

  2. I never made it to Spain, but your post makes Barcelona sound so vibrant and full of life. Definitely need to make a trek there! Hahaha, I never thought of Ryanair that way (being the equivalent of Greyhound) I can totally see it, but I’m not going to lie: I loved the prices of Ryainair so much that it was usually the only carrier I flew with. Just had to learn to travel light 😉 Great post!

    November 10, 2010 at 6:37 am

  3. Lisi

    Ha annie… i love and totally accept u calling it the Barce… classic annie move! i’m glad u had such a great time and we must CHAT IT UP! sorry i was awol today but tomorrow we should skype!

    November 10, 2010 at 10:19 pm

  4. Sam

    Seriously, how can that street performer do that???

    November 12, 2010 at 3:40 am

    • Annie Blewett

      Sam, I have a theory! I think he has a platform underneath the carpet, which is connected to the poll, which is connected to the platform he’s sitting on. But the top platform is teeny tiny, which is why no one can touch him. 🙂

      November 13, 2010 at 9:01 pm

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