Next Stop: Barcelona

Hola!
It seems that I'm that kind of traveler who likes warm and culturally different places, hahahha, speaks the girl, who never hasn't been outside of Europe, because Turkey is not counting, right? But according to Italy, Turkey and Spain I feel like that, because despite of skin burning marathon I'm always stupidly happy in these kind of places. So  I'd like to share those moments with you!

Location:
Barcelona, Spain

Duration of trip:
7 days- perfect time to do everything.

Travelling to destination:
With Ryanair from Tallinn to Girona. From Girona by bus to Barcelona.
*Plus: A good opportunity to vist Girona, which is around 8 km from airport. The bus ride is a good introduction to local life. There's bus ticket boxes in airport and bus waits all the passengers of this flight, because the flight arrives around 12 in the night. 
*Minus: As Ryanair is cheap then be ready for late boarding and paying of every extra detail.  Buses from airport to Barcelona don't ride very often, the both way ticket is pretty expensive- 25€, but it is cheaper than one way ticket which is 16€. 

About local life:
*Weather- is interesting... Average temperature was around 16 degrees, but we always had a summer jackets with us, because the wind was quite cold, but at the same time taking a sunbath in the park wasn't a problem.
*Time- is totally different in there, atmosphere was carefree and cozy, there's no hurry and we felt that the locals had this kind of attitude, too.  
*Language- as we both haven't studied Spanish then it was so surprising how much we understood of it. It happened quite often when we talked in English and waiter in Spanish, but of course in bigger places people speaks English. 
*As Barcelona started to extend in the beginning of last century, then it is very easy to walk around, because straight streets forming regular blocks. It is impossible to get lost. The old town is a bit similar to Tallinn's one. 
*Traffic- in such a pretty city it is a totally sin to use subway or bus, for example most of the time we were walking and for one day we used bicycles, which is very easy to use in Barcelona. The average price of bicycle rent is 8 euros per day. 
*Parks- There's a lot of parks, one prettier and bigger then other. Usually there's also a lot of dog owners with their friends, too. 
*On Sundays most of the shops and some eating places are closed. 

Accommodation:
We stayed at the placed called Hola, which was around 30 minutes by walking from old town and 15 minutes by walking from Sagrada Familia. It's a very nice hostel, staff is speaking in English, breakfast is included in the rent price, it isn't nothing special, but helps a lot, also there is a possibility to cook by yourself. Also there is a big living room, free wifi, big terrace and showers, unfortunately for a towel there is a need to pay separately. There's a possibility to rent bicycles and take part of different tours. Sizes of rooms are different, so the price depends of that, we stayed in 8-people mixed room, which is one of the cheapest. Rooms are nice, there are bunks and enough big lockers to fit a hand luggage, for everybody has their own plug. So place was very nice, but some people in our room were idiots, sorry, but if someones puts on a rain jacket middle of the night or speaks 6 in the morning out loud with phone or puts alarm for 6.30 in the morning which literally plays in every 5 minutes for an hour, then how I suppose to call them? To egoists maybe? For me such acting was very surprising, because I have been in 12-people room with completely strangers, too, and in there such things never happened. But luckily we had nice roomies too, for example those ones who offered us some strawberries. 

Sightseers:
The houses in Barcelona are so pretty, that in my opinion the every singe house is a sightseer. My favourites were amazingly beautiful Barcelona cathedral and Güell park which is made by Gaudi, there's a nice view to Barcelona and it is a good place to make a picnic. NB! For those who liked to visit the ticket area I recommend to buy tickets from internet, because as there is certain times when people can go in, it is easy to get tickets but as there is a lot of people it may happen that you need to wait for hours to get in. So it is easier to buy ticket for a certain time from internet and be there on the right time. Most of the park area is for free. And of course I must mention the biggest work of Gaudi- Sagrada Familia, which is really powerful. In Barcelona I recommend to take a bike tour, because it is so fun experience, at least for us it was. Around 3 hours long tours costs around 20-25€. 

Place to eat:
Well, it turned out that our favourite place was an small Italy kitchen place called Tchey, which was in our our street a from where we also got a good clara and sangria. Also I recommend to buy croissants from Tandems cafe which is near of Triumphal Arch, for example two croissants costs 1€. And of course the must have food is paella with local wine, even us, who usually don't drink wine were quite excited about of it's price and taste. 

Free time:
As we had time, we decided to do a shopping day, of course we visited Primark, but also we looked around in shopping streets area, where our favourite street was the Angle street. We also visited the local La Boqueria food market, where we even saw the skinned head of goats. In Barcelona there's also a lot of places where to do picnic and at the same time take a small sunbath , for example in park or on the beach. In the nights there's a lot of bars and clubs for every taste, but they are a bit more expensive than in Estonia. In the summers the beach is also a good entertainment place. 

This city is a place where you should not make plans, let yourself free and Barcelona shows to you  everything! 

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Hola!
Tundub, et olen rohkem see reisihuviline, kellele meeldivad soojad ning oma kultuurist võimalikult erinevad paigad, hahhaha, räägib tüdruk, kes pole väljaspool Euroopat kordagi käinud, sest Türgi ju väga arvesse ei lähe? Aga nii see on, vähemalt Itaalia, Türgi ja Hispaania põhjal vaadates, sest hoolimata liiga tugevast D-vitamiinipommist minu portselanist nahale olen ma alati nendes kohtades muretult õnnelik. Seega tahan neid päikselisi hetki Barcelonast jagada ka teiega! 

Asukoht:
Barcelona, Hispaania

Reisi kestvus:
7 päeva- ideaalne pikkus, et jõuaks teha kõikke. 

Sihtkohta reisimine:
Ryanairi lennukiga liinil Tallinn-Girona. Gironast bussiga Barcelonasse.
*Pluss: Peale Barcelona on võimalik näha ka Gironat, mis on lennujaamas u 8 km kaugusel. Lisaks on tunnine bussisõit Barcelonasse hea sissejuhatus kohalikku ellu. Bussipiletied saab osta lennujaamast ning buss ootab kenasti selle lennu reisijad ära, kuna tegemist on 12 aeg öösel saabuva lennuga.
*Miinus: Odavlennufirmade puhul tuleks arvestada hilinenud boardinguga ja iga detaili maksmisega. Bussid ei sõida lennujaama väga tihedalt ning edasi-tagasi pileti hind on päris krõbe- 25€, kuid odavam üksivariadist, mis on 16€. 

Kohalik eripära:
*Ilm- on huvitav... Keskmiselt oli meil 16 kraadi, kuid ilma kerge suvejopeta ei läinud me kunagi välja, sest tuuleiilid olid jahedad, samas pargis pikutades võis vabalt päikest võtta, mida me ka muidugi tegime. 
*Aeg- kulub kuidagi hoopis teistmoodi, õhkkond on selline mõnus ja muretu, kuskile tormama ei pea ning meile tundus, et selline stiil valitses ka kohalike seas. 
*Keel- kuigi me kumbki pole kunagi hispaania keelt õppinud, oli sellest üllatavalt kerge aru saada. Väga tihti olid vestlused meie poolt inglise keeles, teenidaja poolt hispaania keeles, kuid muidugi tähtsamates kohtades saab ka ainult inglise keelega hakkama.
*Kuna Barcelonat hakati korraliklt laiendama alles eelmise sajandi algusel, siis on linnas väga kerge liigelda, sest uus osa koosneb ruudukujulistest blokkidest, kus on pea võimatu ära eksida. Vanalinn sarnaneb ehituse poolest Tallinna omale.
*Liiklus- nii ilusas linnas nii ilusa ilma puhul on lausa patt kasutada metrood või busse, meie enamus ajast jalutasime ning päevakeseks rentisime jaglrattad, mille kasutamine on Barcelonas väga mugavaks tehtud. Keskmiselt maksab jalgrattarent u 8€ päev.
*Pargid- Barcelonas on väga palju parke, üks suurem ja ilusam kui teine. Tavaliselt leiab pargist ka palju koeraomanikke oma sõbrakestega. 
*Pühapäeviti on enamus poed ning osad söögikohad kinni. 

Majutus:
Meie ööbimiskohaks oli hostel nimega Hola, mis asus u 30 minuti jalutuskäigu kaugusel vanalinnast ning 15 minuti kaugusel Sagrada Familiast. Tegemist oli väga kena kohaga, töötajad räägivad inglise keeles, hinna sees oli hommiksöök, mis polnud küll midagi erakordset, kuid abiks ikka ning vajadusel saab ka ise süüa teha. Olemas on suur elutuba, tasuta wifi, suur terass ja duššinurk, kahjuks tuleb rätiku eest eraldi maksta. Samuti on võimalik laenutada jalgrattaid ning võtta osa erinevatest tuuridest. Toad on erinevate suurustega ja sellest olenevad ka hinnad, meie ööbisime kaheksases segatoas, mis on üks odavamaid variante. Toas on narid ning lukustatavad kapid, kuhu käsipagas kenasti sisse mahub, igalühel on oma stepsel. Kuigi koht oli ise väga kena ja ilus, siis inimesed meie toas olid kohati idioodid, vabadust, aga kui keegi paneb keset ööd endale kilemantlit selga või hakkab kell 6 hommikul kõva häälega telefonis rääkima või paneb endale 6.30 hommikul äratuse, mis helistab tund aega iga viie minuti tagant, siis kuidas ma peaks neid inimesi nimetama? Egoistideks võib-olla? Minu jaoks oli selline asi väga üllatav, et inimesed nii rumalad on, sest ma olen ka varem ööbinud 12ses toas võihivõõraste inimestega ja sellist asja ei toimunud seal kordagi. Aga oli ka toredaid toanaaberid, kes näiteks lahkesti maasikaid pakkusid. 

Vaatamisväärsused:
Majad Barcelonas on nii ilusad, et minu meelest on iga maja juba ise eraldi vaatamisväärsus. Minu lemmikuteks olid aga imeilus Barcelona katredaal, Gaudi loodud Güelli park, kust avaneb kena vaade linnale, samuti on see hea koht pikniku pidamiseks. NB! Piletiga alale lastekse sisse iga  kinda aja tagant, soovitan piletid juba internetis ära osta, sest võib juhtuda, et kohale jõudes saab küll pileti kiiresti kätte, kuid oma kellaja korda tuleb oodata mitu tundi, lihtsam on osta pilet ette ära ning õigeks ajaks kohale minna. Enamus osa pargist on tausta ning sinna võib minna ilma piletita. Muidugi ei saa mainimata jätta ka Gaudi suurimat loomingut Sagrada Familiat, mis on tõesti väga võimas. Soovitan võtta ka jalgrattatuuri, sest juba jalgrattaga sõitmine Barcelonas on omamoodi kogemus, meile igastahes väga meeldis. Umbes 3 tunnised tuurid jäävad 20-25€ vahele. 

Söögikohad:
Söögikohaga juhtus nii, et lemmikuks sai meie tänaval asuv pisike itaalia köögi koht nimega Tchey, kust sai ka imemaitsvat clarat ja sangriat. Samuti soovitan osta saiaksei Triumphal Archi  lähedal asuvast Tandems kohvikust, kust saab osta näiteks 2 croissanti1€ eest. Kindasti tuleks proovida ka paellat ning kohalikku veini, sest isegi meie, kes tavaliselt veini ei joo, olime nii hindadest kui maitsest vaimustuses. 

Vaba aeg:
Kindlasti ei puudu ühe pika reisi juurest üks korralik shopingpäev, muidgi külastasime hullumeelest Primarki, kuid tegime tiiru ka  shopingtänavate piirkonnas, kus meie lemmikuks osutus Ingli tänav. Kindlasti soovitan käia ka kohalikul La Boqueria toiduainete turul, nõrganärvisetel tuleks see koht nülitud kitsepeade tõttu vahele jätta. Samuti on linnas väga palju kohti, kus teha pikniku ning samal ajal veidi ka päikest võtta, olgu see siis rannas või pargis. Õhtul on võimalik külastada klubisid või baare, siiski tuleksklubide puhul arvestada veidi suuremate väljaminekutega kui tavaliselt. Suvel on hea meelelahutus koht ka rand. 

See linn on koht, kus tuleks vähe planeerida ja lasta lihtsalt Barcelonal ennast avastada!
Lihtsuses peitub võlu. 
Photos by me and Käthrine

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