Friday, March 10, 2006

We have arrived in Barcelona


We left our apartment in Bucharest this morning at 4am! Grampa and Gramma were very surprised when Stephen called them this morning! I guess it was evening for them. They reminded us what time it was in Bucharest.

We arrived in Barcelona, Spain around noon their time, which is 6 hours ahead of EST. We had no problem jumping on a bus and then the metro to find our hotel on our own. The hotel is great! It is a small hotel so the service is outstanding. It is right on the coast and we can see the water from our balcony.

This is the view from the balcony in our room. We're only on the second floor so the view isn't as great as it could be.

After we unpacked we headed out to La Ramblas. This is evidentially "the street" in Barcelona. There is a large sidewalk in the middle with eating places, artists, living art (mimes), florist shops, and everything else possible. We walked through several portions of it. We didn't get to the animal section but we will soon! We ate at a tiny little restaurant. Steve and I had pallenta, a rice dish with seafood and Maria had spaghetti without sauce. That's a Spanish specialty too, you know!

This is us in the middle of La Ramblas. As you can tell the weather here this afternoon was close to 70 F. When the sun starting going down it cooled off fast and we are back at the hotel now.

I think I'll attempt to convince my husband and daughter to venture out again for our night snack. Let's see... cappacino and ice cream should do the trick!

I'll try to post pictures of our day tomorrow. Love you all!