This morning when Robert, Katherine, and I woke in the hostel, Allison and DeDe had already left for their morning flight. They were planning to get back to the Villa around midday Sunday, whereas Robert and I, having found a 6:00 am flight for 7 euro, had made the somewhat ridiculous decision of staying an extra day and just not sleeping to catch the early flight.
We began with a trip to the Barcelona Chocolate Museum. Did you know that Barcelona was the first European port to receive the cocoa bean? Our ticket for the museum was a chocolate bar! We saw several chocolate sculptures and saw how the chocolate was made. (minnie mouse made of chocolate, below)
We had made plans with Karen to meet up for lunch, so after seeing the museum we headed to find the restaurant “4 Gatos” which is where Picasso and his contemporaries used to sit and discuss art during his lifetime. It was a cool restaurant, and we had a lovely meal.
We then headed to the Parc del Citudella, with, of course, some works by Gaudi, but also made famous thanks to recent filming of an episode of America’s Next Top Model there. It thankfully stopped raining for awhile, and we got to see a beautiful rainbow!
We then headed for a walk along the beach. It was so different in the sun! The rain only held off for long enough to snap a few pictures, but while it was sunny we got an idea of what Barcelona must look like the other 340 days of the year (which is apparently the number of non-rainy days they usually have…we had some tough luck)
Sadly Robert and I then had to say goodbye (until January!) to Katherine and Karen, who had to catch a train back their semester-home, Madrid. We tried going to the Picasso museum, but the line was outrageous and we decided to try again later. Instead, we saw a little more of the Barcelona Cathedral and the Sainta Maria Del Mare Cathedral. The second one had a service going on, and we dipped our heads in for a bit to hear it and see the beautiful interior.
After that we went back to the Picasso Museum, the line of which was much shorter by now. We didn’t have long before closing time, so we went through pretty quickly. Although I really only knew Picasso from those weird face pictures, we saw several of his earlier works that were more conventional, as well as seeing how the messed-up face pictures (I can’t remember the precise term) had their origins.
Next we meandered awhile trying to find a place for dinner, and stumbled upon a local restuarant called Casa Delfin—which turned out to be both of our favorite meal in Spain. We split fried artichokes (which I’d never had before—so good!), an omelet-thing, and some kind of sausage, and each part tasted better than the one before! Since we knew we had a 6 am flight, meaning get to the airport at 4 am, meaning leave Barcelona at 3 am, it just seemed silly to pay for a hostel for a few hours. We had planned to just stay awake until then (Robert decided to inform me he usually goes to bed at like 10:00 pm after we bought the flight) and so we had to do something to keep us awake late. We found a theater that had movies in English with subtitles, so we decided to go see Tree of Life. It was interesting. It was kind of like discovery channel meets “Leave it to Beaver” meets what-the-heck-is-going-on-in-this-movie?? But it was good, I think.
By then it was about midnight, and although we had heard so much about how the Spanish stay up until all hours of the night, apparently that doesn’t apply for Sunday nights. We went back to hang out in the hostel for a few hours before leaving for the bus stop. The journey back went smoothly, and I slept on the plane and train from Pisa to Florence, so we returned to the Villa in time for class on Monday. A little tired, but it was worth it to have a whole extra day in Barcelona!