For the last week and a half, I have been in SPAIN! I have been to several different countries in the past, but this is my first time in Europe! I will definitely be visiting again. I’m with my best friend, Rachel, and her parents. We spent about four days in Barcelona, and four in the country’s capital of Madrid. We have been doing all kinds of fun things like eating, going to parks, sightseeing, going to museums, SHOPPING, having adventures on the subway, visiting palaces and other historical places, SHOPPING, going to the beach, the zoo and aquarium, etc. Did I mention the beach here is the Mediterranean Sea??? Ahhhh so pretty and blue.
Aside from all the other fun we have been having, Rachel and I have this fun thing we started where we take pictures of people who are involved in PDA. (public displays of affection) These Europeans have no shame embracing and kissing in public. We are making a collage of all the awkward couples we have seen. We have been caught a few times, and gotten some weird looks, but overall us and our cameras go unnoticed! We are stealthy. We also have taken pictures of people that were making funny poses while someone was taking pictures of them. We like when people do peace signs, duck faces, put both their arms out, etc. They do wayyyy more than our typical hand on the hip picture, a pose that is laughable itself.
Did I mention that I got stuck in a subway door?!? Rachel’s dad saw that our subway train was about to leave, so he told us to hurry, but we were too late! The subway doors closed on me, and Rachel and her mom almost didn’t make it on the train with us! My arm was a little sore, but we were laughing our heads off! It was definitely something we will never forget. We have gotten on the wrong subway more times than I can count, but it is all part of making memories!
The food here is definitely interesting. This may be ignorant of me, but I was expecting Spanish food to be something similar to Mexican food. BUT IT IS NOTTTTT! Y’all have heard of Spanish rice, right? Well they do not actually have that in Spain. They eat lots of eggs, pork (which I don’t eat), paella (rice with clams, whole shrimp, and ewww), pizza, kebabs (not like the kind we are used to), and lastly, hamburguesa…. Obviously, that is a hamburger. But I am pretty sure they don’t use beef, even though it advertises 100% beef. EWWW. They do have a lot of pastas on the menus, though, so that was pretty good. However, my favorite place to eat was McDonald’s. Isn’t that sad??! We ate there two nights, and I gobbled down that cheeseburger, fries, and Coke like I hadn’t eaten in a month. Our greasy fast-food restaurants have spread as far as Madrid and Barcelona!
More than all this fun stuff, though, I have LOVED spending all this time with my best friend. Rachel plays volleyball at Mississippi College in Clinton, MS, and so since we graduated high school, I only see her on breaks. And then it is rare that we are ever in town at the same time! So it has been a great time of catching up – about school, work, new friends, old friends, laughing about high school boyfriends, and reminiscing about the good old days. I am so glad that I got the opportunity to come on vacation with her and her family, but I am ready to be back home in good ole Nashville! I miss fried chicken, vegetables, and sweet tea! It’s good to be a Southerner!
Here are some fun pictures from our fun trip!