I spent my final year in a very average student house with very above average housemates, and without them I would've had to eat all those cookies I made on my own and I would've never started watching Millionaire Matchmaker (which is bad but also kind of entertaining). So, to celebrate the end of uni, we arranged a little holiday because are you even a graduate if you don't go abroad to celebrate?
After a second or two's deliberation, we settled on the super original holiday destination of Barcelona. It feels like everyone is off there at some point this Summer but we booked in October, so you could say that we set the trend and everyone else just followed. I actually spent a short weekend there last year and I was surprised at how many different things we did this time, and how little overlap it had with my 2015 trip. You'll realise when you see how many photos I have that we got a lot done in four full days. Georgie also kept on checking her phone pedometer which said that we managed over 12,000 steps on most days, although I doubt this would've made up for all those patatas bravas and ice creams.
Day 1 & 2: Parc de la Cituadella, Parc Guell, Arc de Triomf
The first two photos show Barcelona's Arc de Triomf and Parc de la Cituadella, neither of which I saw on my first trip to the city. I honestly thought the park would be your average, run-of-the-mill city park and wasn't even bothered about going or not. I wouldn't say it was the world's best park but the little fountain area pictured above was a beautiful surprise and an extraordinary contrast to the standard apartment buildings behind it. It kind of shows what I love the most about the city which is that it has these stunning arhitectural designs, beautiful green areas and a beach, kind of like an 'all-in-one city'.
When I last went to Barcelona, we didn't have time for the Mosaic section of Parc Guell. It cost us 7 euros this time and was definitely worth booking in advance, and although I'd say it's not essential if you have a lot of time restrictions, there are some smashing photo spots. We didn't get to my favourite viewpoint right at the top of the park this time but it is extremely hilly, so be warned!
Have you been to Barcelona? What are your thoughts? Next up will be watching the sunset over the whole city which was undoubtedly one of the loveliest moments of my life. Who doesn't love a good sunset?