Barcelona to Madrid
We have had a very relaxing time since finishing our course in Madrid. I can hardly believe how lucky we've been with the weather.
Here I am studying and below is a photo of my certificate of completion and my well deserved glass of wine.
The food has been so good! On our last day in Madrid we had a degustation for lunch which only cost 15 euros each. At this rate I'll hardly need to wear a coat when we make it to eastern Europe; my extra weight will do wonders for insulation.
It was a very 'feliz navidad'. Mum the sneaky thing had also bought me a pair of earrings when I was trying on some clothes. Like mother like daughter. Heres a picture with mum and the earrings I bought her and a picture of me with our 3 kings cake and the earrings mum bought me. Mum was saying how she thought it made more sense to give gifts on the 5th and I agree. It also allows those with religious faith to spend the 25th reflecting on the birth of the deity and then on the 5th everyone can celebrate the history of the three wise men travelling to present baby Jesus with gifts.
On our last day in Madrid we stumbled upon this gorgeous rose garden which we both loved pottering around in.
Within about 15 minutes of our being in Barcelona mum had her ipad stolen. I don´t think I´ve ever seen her so angry. A lady (a gypsy - to make a generalisation based on appearances) helped her with her large suitcase onto the metro which connected from the train station and within that time unzipped her handbag and took the ipad out! It was so quick. I was vaguely looking in the direction they were in and noticed nothing. The thief quickly hoped off the metro and the doors shut so there was nothing we could do even though mum looked down straight away and saw what had happened. We finally found our way to a police station and waited several hours for the interpreter to be free so we could file a report. There were quiet a few people there who had had things stolen so for a few hours our wait was undertaken with the sounds of sobbing.
I told mum she was robbed instead of me because I had the lucky king.
This little guy was baked into the 3 kings cake and my peice had him in it. I´m not actually sure what the tradition is but we´ve assumed it means goodluck to get him. Before we left Madrid mum slipped him into my backpack to keep me safe for the rest of my travels. I am yet to locate him in my bag but I´m sure he´s in there somewhere.
Apart from the theivery I have absolutely loved the 2 and a half days I´ve been in Barcelona. At first I was a bit sad to leave Madrid as I knew my way around the city reasonably well but Barcelona has a great atmosphere. There are also amazing sales on and I couldn´t helped but buy a jumper, 2 skirts and a top all good quality brands for under 90 Euros.
We visited one of Gaudis buildings and did a tour and it was increeeedible. It cost 15 Euros to get in but it was worth every Euro. It´s lovely walking around the streets and seeing his works amongst the other buildings. This afternoon we are going to go visit the Sagrada Familia which is still in construction.
Here is a very unfinished sketch of the inside of the house Gaudi built. I loved the recurring mushroom shapes (that´s a window - bit hard to tell what anything in the image is at the moment)
Today was the first day of class in Barcelona and it was really good. Our teachers spoke much more slowly and the others in the class are at a similar standard so I don´t feel like I am struggling to keep up. There are only 4 of us; mum, Miguel - a 44 year old television journalist from the US, Zubir - a programer who works for nintendo and I.
I am looking forward to Lucys arrival in Barcelona which is on Wednesday evening.
That´s all for now.