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Dan had to work so… me, myself and I ventured out for a walk! Totally crazy for me to do, I stuck to the main streets and found that we were in a high end shopping area. It was busy with people so I wasn’t worry at all. My mission was to get tickets for the Alhambra! I was walking for more then an hour and I knew that I had missed the store. So I headed back to the hostel and there it was! Right at the first corner… Needless to say I was pooped after all of that walking. Got the tickets and headed back to the hostel for a nap. Dan finished up his work and decided to head out himself!
|That’s a bus stop!|
|Our view… not a good quality picture|
We came back down and started looking for dinner. We came across a sausage place that was packed with locals. We knew it had to be good! We just guest at what we were ordering and it was so good! The place was packed with people just standing around talking and having a good time. I can’t think of anything to compared it too. There was nowhere to sit and all the napkins where on the ground with the dishes everywhere. We headed out to see what else we could find and around the corner was fresh doughnuts! Did I mention…made to order! I couldn’t have been happier!
|Sorry honey, this was the only picture I took inside!|
|MADE TO ORDER!|
It was probably 10 pm and we went back to the hostel for some relaxation. What that really means is Dan needed to work more and I was going to go to bed.
In 2007, Dan and some of his friends had come to Spain and he already knew the main highlights. Since we were going to be in Barcelona for only one day we were going to hit up La Sagrada Familia and Park Guell. They are probably the most popular things to do so we tried to get and early start, 11am. Considering we went to bed at 4am – 11am was early!!
Afterwords we walked around a little, got some lunch and headed to the Park Guell. It was actually smaller then I thought but still very cool to think that someone thought about this stuff in the 1800s.
The Spanish eat late and so did we, not finishing up until 1am. CRAZY! We had to get to bed! Our flight for Granada was leaving 10:45 am the next morning.
The trip started out with me being nervous about flying by myself and getting around alone on public trans in Barcelona. By the way this started months ago! The night before I was too excited to sleep and I also don’t sleep well on flights so this was going to be interesting.
Everything was going great! Got my carry-on in the overhead compartment right over me. Also got my much needed isle seat. The big guy that was stuck in the middle seat was moved so there was extra space to be had.
Now that stressful part was done, I was feeling tried. After all my head thought it was 2am and not 8am. So I got some food and had about 45 minutes before my flight would get posted. I thought I would read a little but gave up really fast because I was too tired. So I was that creepy person that just sat there and listened to all of the wonderful accents around me! I love England! Did I mention that’s where I was getting my connection?!
The next two hours are a little blurry for me… so sleepy! We lined up twice and were told that the flight was delayed. Then third time we line up we are actually boarding. Got to Barcelona no problem and I think was asleep by the time the flight leveled out in the air and woke up when we landed. I don’t remember much from the flight at all. I found out later that the issue was air traffic control was done in the UK that morning. So everything was delayed.
|Just your average dinner decor! Haha!|
The food was awesome! I had duck liver for the first time and wished I could have tried the beed tartar but no raw meat for this prego.
For our resent trip to Spain, I was under some major pressure about packing. Mostly brought on by myself and the fact I was only going to be bring a carry-on backpack! I have yet to pack such a small bag for a weekend let a lone a 10 day trip. Needless to say I was scared… but only a little.
I’m a planner by trade and that comes into my regular life all the time. Just ask Dan or my family, I have lists for lists. I started with some reading but was only finding information about going to Europe in the summer. We were going in December so that wasn’t really helpful. However, the one good thing that I got out of the research reading was get packing-squares or cubes. They are used to help with organization and boy did they ever!
Dan was leaving before me (he should probably do a guest appearance and tell that story because it’s a good one!) so I gave him all the toiletries. I still brought some hair stuff and make-up but he had almost everything else: shampoo, conditioner, soap and face wash. Being that I’m a little old school, I packed his bag and knew everything that was in it. He basically had on him a mini medicine cabinet which included: pain medication, allergy medication (Dan has a nut allergy, if you haven’t picked up on that yet), stuff for if someone was going to come down with a cold, laundry detergent for washing small items in sinks, etc. Dan was going to be away for a total of 3 weeks so you never know what could happen. I made sure he and his friends were covered!
When it came time for my packing, I took a look at my closet. I had a pretty good idea in my head already of what I wanted to bring but just had to get it together. With me being pregers, my clothing is much more limited than normal and therefore packing was in my favour.
Get a carry-on backpack to spec for the airline(s) you’ll be using
Get packing-squares or cubes
Plan for mixing and matching your clothing. My plan was mostly black, white, grey with a few things of colour
Limit toiletries wherever possible because that stuff is heavy
Roll, roll, roll your clothes
Bring enough for half the trip, wear everything twice not including pants. Plan to wash socks and underwear
Bring one sweater – my recommendation is a NorthFace fleece because they are thin and compact but can also be worn on flights
The biggest tip I have with travelling in Europe and taking those cheap Euro flights – make sure your purse can fit into your carry on. On some of those cheaper flights you are really only allowed one bag and a purse counts! We only ran into this once but nevertheless still ran into it and I was happy to be prepared.
Travel outfit: jeans, t-shirt, cardigan, scarf, light coat (mine is a rain coat with a hood) and orthopedic socks (midwife recommended and Uptown Wife approved!)
Second pair of pants
Five shirts – two short sleeves, two 3/4 sleeves and one long sleeve (this was actually a cotton/wool blend so it was nice to have on the cooler nights)
Two white tank tops (I wear these every day so only three was really cutting it back for me)
Something to sleep in
Five pairs of socks – I could have gotten away with three because I ended up wearing the orthopedic socks on big walking days and washed them
Five pairs of underwear
An extra bra
|Everything nice and folded… soon to be rolled!|
Second pair of shoes (I had space and thought it would be nice to have something else to walk in other than my runners)
Mittens and a hat (didn’t think I would need them but was so happy I brought them)
Hair gel, makeup, face cream, bobby pins, headband, travel (blow up) pillow and a eye mask (this I didn’t end up using)
One book, my iPhone and charger (I only took pictures with my phone… crazy I know)
Passport, boarding passes and any hotel or other flight information print outs
Granola bars and water bottle (This didn’t get back into the backpack but the airlines were ok with that)
|It started to get a little messy|
|All packed up!|
|Everything fits! Including my purse!|