New Years Resolution: Keep Traveling

January 1, 2006

Wow, where did 2005 go? It feels like we just started this trip, but our one year mark is approaching soon. We don't even have a clue as to the top headlines, movies, or songs for the year. Oh well, the headlines are just headlines, Netflix and the dollar theater will help us catch up on the movies, and I'm sure last years songs will be played over and over for years to come.

At checkout time from our pension we asked the non English speaking owner, in our pigeon Spanish, if we could leave our bags for the day. Spanish being the closest second language we know, which isn't much, it has felt so much easier negotiating for rooms and getting around Spain compared to all the other non English speaking countries we have visited. With our bags stored we walked north towards the Guell park. The Gracia district, in which the park is located, has some gorgeous architecture within in the hilly neighborhood southwest of the park. We strolled around this area taking photos before entering the park.

As we entered the park we were surprised by the amount of people there. We thought everyone would be hungover in bed today. It was a sunny somewhat warm day to visit the park. As our guidebook writes, this is a charming park Dr Seuss would feel comfortable in. The tile mosaics and the oddly shaped architecture makes you feel like a kid at any age walking through the park.

Walking south from the park we visited La Sagrad Familia which is an awe inspiring half built building. The building is Antoni Gaudi's masterpiece. Construction began 1882 and it's anyones guess weather it will be finished by 2082. Since it was holiday today we couldn't go inside the building.

Leaving La Sagrade Familia we walked southwest toward the solo shaped Tore AGBAR. There's nothing special about this building that we knew of, but we were so close to it and have seen it from many different view in town, we thought we should get a close up look. On our way back to the Ramblas area to pick up our bags we walked through the Parc de la Ciutadella. This is a nice park with a zoo and a pond. It was getting too cold so we didn't spend too much time there.

With our bags we walked to the train station to catch our 9:30 pm overnight train to Granada.

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