Many people were excited about Barcelona, Spain. I didn't know what to expect, but it turned out to be an awesome city. There's many interesting things to see and its very easy to walk around.
First Contiki took us to see La Sagrada Familia cathedral. Its a monster sized very unusual architectural design cathedral, by Gaudi. It was started way back in the day and its still incomplete.
Then we walked around the gothic quarters. I was waitin to see some 'gothic' things but actually it was only old buildings. Still they were nice to see.
Typically, I slid away from the group and wandered on my own. I like exploring alone, I can do whatever I want, go where ever I want. Barcelona's main street, La Ramblas, was interesting. Between two lanes of traffic were endless souvenir stores and street performers. I met some demons. At one end was Placa De Catalunya, the city square, at the other end was Port Vell, the marina and ocean.
Barcelona also had a large park that I wandered into. It was so beautiful and I was shocked to discover a huge fountain- temple looking monument. Maybe it was called Parc De La Ciutadella. Nearby, I also found Arc De Triomf, similar to the Paris one.
Later i went to the Salvadore Dali art gallery. That guy was a real crack pot. This gallery didnt have his paintings though, just drawings, photos and sculptures. Dissapointing. U know what was worse, I went to the Picasso art gallery and it was already closed!
At night, I was meant to meet Contiki at Port Olympico. Turns out that i was waiting at the wrong place. Someone informed me Port Olympico was way at the end of the beach. I was like 'WTF WHAT beach!!?' There was no damn beach on the map Contiki gave us!
Not only did I miss the Contiki bus home, but I didnt even know the name of our hotel! I went to a net cafe and looked at the Contiki website, for an emergency phone number but there was NONE! So I went to a restarant and asked them to phone the police. The owner was so kind! He did phone and even gave me a blanket while we waited two hours hahah.
At the police station, I invaded their computers and looked through my emails for clues. Thank God i found the intinerary list I sent my mom by e-mail. It totally saved me! The police and I were like 'wooooo yeeaaa' hahah. They put me in a taxi and I was saved.