Barcelona, Madrid, and San Sebastian, Spain

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Our trip from Morocco to Spain should have take about 4 hours total, however, it ended up taking us about 13 hours! I don’t want to complain too much, but let it be know that the Baird’s will never book a flight through Iberia Airlines EVER again.

Even though Dan and I are bit tired from all this traveling we got an extra boost of energy when we reached Spain… and the energy was non other than our good friend Tim! He was fortunate enough to take a little time before starting a new job.

Our adventure began with a few days in Barcelona. With our time limited and so much to see we decided to hit the main tourist attractions. So we went on a walking tour to explore the architectural designs of Antoni Gaudi. We visited the Casa Batllo, Parc Guell (Guell Park), and the magnificent yet still unfinished Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia (Church of Sacred Family). We also stumbled upon a Good Friday Jesus parade. I’m sure there’s a more technical name for it, but that’s basically what it was. After leaving a restaurant we came across a cluster of people with their arms outstretched with cameras capturing the precession. Once Dan lifted me up to his shoulders I was able to see dozens of people in full black robes, with black cone shaped hoods, with holes for their eyes to peak out. Some were just walking carrying religious signs, others carried a giant sculpture or Jesus, and another dozen dragged crosses. Following the men were several women dressed in black with black headdresses. Needless to say it was quite a sight. Our final adventure in Barcelona was eating a Spanish meal of tapas and sangria. Yum!

Next on our tour was Madrid. Traveling from Barcelona to Madrid was my first time on a high speed train. It was quite entertaining watching the speedometer reach 180 mph. Once in Madrid we explored famous landmarks, Plaza Mayo, The Palacio Real de Madrid, Puerta del Sol, Museo Nacional del Prado, and a flamenco show. We walked A LOT! At the end of each day we all came home exhausted and with sore feet. Sadly this was Tim’s last stop in Spain. It was sure fun to have him join us… He even brought me treats from home; Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies!

After parting ways with Tim on the Metro, Dan and I headed to San Sebastian. I’ve heard how beautiful this city was and couldn’t wait to see where my sister-in-law, Amy was proposed to. Even thought it was cold and rainy the city was still very beautiful. When it was raining, Dan and I would take shelter in a coffee house or shop. As it would clear, we hurried our way through the sights. I’m totally in love with San Sebastian and could easily live there. I don’t think too many people would disagree, it’s gorgeous! Hopefully someday I can experience it again in the summer with better weather.

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Next stop Paris 🙂

P.S. Matt you picked the perfect place to propose to Amy… Talk about romantic!!!

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