Worst Case Scenario
Ok so I just had my bag stolen from Barcelona beach, which had my passport, phone, wallet, sunglasses, camera, and other valuables in it!! I was going for a swim while one friend stayed on the beach, but when I came back it was completely gone and apparently no one around us saw anything happen including my friend who had stayed near it! I can’t believe it…and now I am desperately trying to work out how I will get back to Beijing tomorrow with no passport and no money. Obviously I will also not be able to post for a while since my beloved camera was stolen
I guess it is a good lesson for anyone travelling to Barcelona (or anywhere new to you) to be EXTRA vigilant with your possessions, particularly when in crowded places as there are so many thieves and pickpockets around, and little the police can do to help if it happens to you!
I hope this mess will work itself out quickly… wish me luck!
Beaches, Picasso, Zara!
Another day in absolute wonderful holiday paradise – sunshine, beaches (and tanned people everywhere…I have some catching up to do! haha), cute cafes, and more beautiful buildings! We also visited the Picasso Museum which was amazing (but no photos inside allowed) – and is housed in a very beautiful old Spanish building. Later in the day we ventured into Barcelona’s main SHOPPING district! Of course we had to pay a visit to our beloved Zara But it was interesting to check out some of the other funky Spanish brands such as Desigual, Stradivarius, Custo… everything was so bright and colourful, with crazy prints & fabrics – very summery! I am blending in as you can see with my Forever XXI dress hehe! The photos at the end are of the cute old-style elevator at our guest house, and the view from our room’s little balcony
Tomorrow – a trip to quaint & beautiful beach town Sitges is on the cards! The week is coming to an end all too fast, but I am enjoying every minute!
A ‘Cultural Day’
We decided that after so much time sunbathing yesterday we had better have a ‘cultural’ day and see some of the amazing sites Barcelona has to offer!
After breakfast and a cup of coffee to get us going, we headed off in search of rental bikes.. two hours later and stops at the Arc de Triomf, Parc de la Ciutadella, and a long walk along the beachfront, we realised we had gone a very very long way to get to the bike rental place which was actually only a 25min walk from our guesthouse! We soon set off down the busy streets of Barcelona, eventually arriving at the stunning, crazy, impressive, beautiful, and astounding Placa de la Sagrada Familia – the cathedral designed by Gaudi. It is a completely amazing site to behold, both inside and out! The inner ceiling is designed to look like a forest canopy and is unlike anything I’ve seen before!
A quick sandwich in the park and we were off biking up to Park Guell, another place in Barcelona graced with Gaudi’s intricate and distinctive design work! The park has stunning views over the city looking down towards the beach, and the viewing platform, entrance, and ‘house’ within the park are covered in beautiful tile details Feeling happy (and sweaty… it was HOT in the sun! haha) we biked back to our guesthouse, admiring again the many beautiful buildings, statues, and churches along the way. The bike lanes in BCN are in the middle of the road which was also an interesting experience!
That night we headed to the little courtyard outside the Av de la Catedral for tapas and wine – the perfect end to a wonderful and exhausting day! Tomorrow we will probably take it easy again.. i.e. beach time! hehe Happy Wednesday everyone!