Friday, January 6, 2012

Sightseeing

This morning I had trouble getting up because for some reason I wasn't able to fall asleep last night. I finally made myself get up and visited my friends apartment. We decided to do some sightseeing today, starting with the Sagrada Familia Catedral.

Gaudi constructed this enormous building, dedicating more than 40 years of his life to this project. The Cathedral is still undergoing construction due to the fact that in the 1930s, anarchists managed to destroy Gaudi's plans and models for the building by setting fire to them. The ongoing work is a matter of conjecture and considerable controversy. It is said to be completed by 2020, but that date is looking increasingly optimistic.

There was a huge line to enter the Cathedral. We decided to visit back another day since we have not received our student ID's yet, which ensures us a discount to get in.
 The Sagrada Familia Catedral 

We took the metro to Park Guell: a garden complex with architectural elements. It was a long walk up a hill to get to this park, but it was well worth it. The park was designed by Antoni Gaudi, for Count Eusebi Guell; park named after him. The park was originally for an unsuccessful housing site for the wealthy, but instead was donated to the public. The park is so big that I couldn't even make it to all the way around. 
The entrance to Park Guell
Gaudi's unique tiles
The Park overlooks the city and the ocean
Sitting at the top
Gaudi's home 

We ate lunch on La Rambla, which is considered the main street in Barcelona. We went to "Amatxu"...although it was good, they ripped us off giving us the expensive dishes; no worries though because now we know how the system works!
Jamon Iberico
Tapas: Potatoes, Calamari, Croquetes
More Tapas: Tomato w/ Mozzarella, Sausage, Shrimp, Meatballs

Afterwards, we walked to the end of the street where we took pictures of the Famous Columbus Statue.
That's all for now! I'm about to go out to 
dinner with a few friends! 
Hasta MaƱana!
Besitos, Lilly Goti

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