yesterday, you read my entry on the preparation before the trip. in a few minutes, you’ll read the story of our first day in barcelona.
our flight was scheduled to depart at 06.35. we thus decided to spend the night at the schiphol airport. so there were we sitting in front of starbucks coffee on the ground floor of departure 3, busy with our stuff, talking about some school stuff – urgh. we kept telling each other not to talk about that anymore, especially because one of us did bring her final dissertation draft with -, and planning our program for day 1.
time flew and finally we arrived at barcelona el prat aeroport. the flight took about 1.45 minutes. no problem whatsoever during the flight, we arrived even 10 minutes earlier than the schedule.
we then had coffee on the ground floor *the price was cheaper than the netherlands. a cup of black coffee costed me about 1.15 or 1.30 euros*. after that, we caught the train to go to barcelona sants, the main railway station in barcelona. we got free tickets for that *i did and still do not know the reason*. it took us about 20 minutes to get to the train station and changed to metro to check in at the BCN Loft *see my previous entry*. i’d recommend that you buy T10 metro tickets *also for bus, train zona 1, and other public transport* for only 7.20 euros (cheaper than the similar version of paris public transport system, 11.something euros). you can use it 10 times.
so, there were we taking metro L3 and stepped out at Liceu metro station. we apparently stopped at la rambla, and it was crowded. people were selling roses anywhere, from the red ones to the flowers with 7 colors, cool, huh? we were wondering what’s going on that day. why everyone brings flowers? isn’t it kinda strange, is it? look at these pics:
well the question was finally answered when we arrived at the hostel office. it turned out that people in barcelona was celebrating valentine’s day that day. we were like, oooo … daarom :p no wonder la rambla was so crowded and packed of people. unfortunately, we couldn’t check in directly as the occupants before us hadn’t returned the key. so we left our stuff in the office and wandered alongside la rambla.
it was then the time for lunch. we were all hungry and wanting to eat tapas. we then opted to eat in one of the restaurants alongside la rambla. we asked for recommendations from the waitress. that in turn costed us 70 euros :(( that was a robbery. lesson #1, never do something like that while you are on vacation *at least, decide on your own what you wanna eat*.
if you happen to like fresh veggies and fruits, i’d recommend you to visit la boqueria. it is one of the most famous tourist destinations in barcelona, and located in la rambla. it’s just a few minutes away from the Liceu metro station.
we then bought some groceries at carrefour la rambla. afterward, we headed back to the hostel office. this time, the key had been returned, and we were accompanied to the apartment, which apparently turned out to be the best one they had. the apartment was just 2-3 minutes away from urquinaona (see the image below) metro station.
the apartment apparently located at a strategic place. it was close by Arc de Triomf, Parc Ciutadella, La Rambla, Placa de Catalunya, and more (will be mentioned in the coming posts). the caretaker’s name was Paula, who originally came from Brazil.
okie … that’s for the first part of our day 1 story in Barcelona. the next part will follow in a few hours from now.
edit: you can find amsterdam metro and tram maps here.