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La Sagrada Familia (de estudios) May 30, 2010

Posted by lifealgo in Barcelona!.
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I’ve reached the conclusion that the least-used phrase in Spain must be “I’m exhausted”.

Yesterday I got up 20 minutes before the start of an optional architecture mini-fieldtrip.  After some groggy rushing, I wound up in the lobby feeding myself spoonfuls of yogurt and mentally thanking my mother for convincing me to pack sun lotion as I took a peek at the sun-sprawled streets of Barcelona we were about to explore.

We walked the busy streets around our apartment complex into neighboring parks built into the backyards of many apartment buildings, analyzing the motives and expected outcomes of the way certain buildings had been constructed and placed in various parts of town.  Some further blocks down our journey we ran into a theatrical performance taking place in the middle of the street.

This also gives me the chance to practice CS4475 skills 😀

We had barely gone through a couple more blocks before we ended up at a street fair populated with various clothes vendors, food stands, promotion kiosks, and headlined by an impromptu bounce house playground and a stage from which Queen’s “We Are the Champions” blared.

Postres arabes (Arabic desserts)

Afterward we made our way to the Mercado Santa Caterina, where some of us had previously made another fieldtrip to for CS4793.  Shortly after we were dismissed and had freedom to wander about the city.  A group of us opted to take advantage of our location and go through Las Ramblas and visit a store with some very funky bags.

On the way to Las Ramblas, a very busy and touristy section of BCN

We arrived back at our dorms a bit after 4:30PM, meaning we walked around for roughly 5 and a half hours.

But the day wasn’t over!

I found out I was done with my third job, and thought I would celebrate by walking to La Sagrada Familia.  I attempted to find a companion for my short trip, but a few unanswered knocks and the quietness of the halls encouraged me to venture alone.

A couple of blocks away from our dorms my luck changed quite a bit when I ran into Kiran M., a fellow member of our study abroad program, who decided to join me for the rest of my small adventure despite being sick(!).

Finally: La Sagrada Familia

I’m still attempting to find an adjective (in English or Spanish) that adequately describes how humbling and mesmerizing it really is.

I will actually return and go in sometime in the near future, but for now I’ll delve back to my books.

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