Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Spain - Day 6

On our last day in Barcelona, we were sure to make the most of it!  We started off with breakfast at our favorite little cafe, the same place we ate breakfast our first day in Barcelona.  The lady that worked here was the sweetest and kindest person ever.  Such good vibes.


After breakfast, we headed back to our hotel to pack up our suitcases.  Later in the day, we'd be taking the high speed train to spend New Years Eve in Madrid!  We checked out of the hotel and threw our suitcases in a luggage locker while we explored Barcelona one last time before leaving.


We figured, what better way to see the most of Barcelona on our last day, than by bike!  So we rented a couple cruisers (from a seriously hilarious bike guy) and zoomed around town, checking out the sights.  We made our way through the narrow streets, down to the beach (where I accidentally engulfed my Toms in the sea), and around Parc de la Ciutadella.


Our two hour bike rental went way too fast and before we knew it, we were heading back.  Which wasn't so bad, since we were starving and it was the perfect time for lunch.  We wandered over to the Born District again for some pizza!  Not really Spain's specialty... but it was pretty tasty!  And paired with a Spanish beer, you can't go wrong.


After lunch, we had just enough time to roam around a little bit longer before we had to pick up our luggage and head to the train station.


We took the high speed train from Barcelona to Madrid and it only took about 2 hours!  It was such a relaxing ride and the views out the window were gorgeous.  The Spanish country side is just beautiful, especially as the sun is setting.


Once we arrived in Madrid, we went straight to our hotel room.  It was New Years Eve!  We stayed at Room Mate Mario and were happy with our choice.  Once unpacked and refreshed, we headed out to find a place for dinner.  Unfortunately, being New Years Eve, we couldn't find anything that didn't require reservations.  We figured this might happen.... and it didn't help that it was pouring down rain and we didn't have an umbrella.  We ended up grabbing some pizza, a couple beers, and some chips and heading back to the hotel to munch.  After we ate, I freshened up and dried off, while Brett went out to find us some champagne.  It was New Years Eve after all!  He came back with 2 bottles of champagne, an umbrella (!!), and 12 grapes for each of us to ring in the new year with.  Spain has a tradition of eating 12 grapes as the clock strikes 12 times before midnight and if you can eat them all, you'll have good luck throughout the year.

With all of our New Years Eve supplies, we headed back out in the rain and over to Puerta del Sol (the Spain equivalent to Times Square).  There were so many people and everyone had grapes and champagne!  You are allowed to walk around with alcohol there, but the police made you pour it into these huge plastic cups.  It was hilarious.  We had such a good time surrounded by all the Spaniards, singing and cheering in Spanish as the clock counted down.  It was pouring down rain but nobody cared at all.  Everyone was having an awesome time.  I never thought I would be spending New Years Eve in Madrid with Brett completely surrounded by cheering Spaniards.  It was such a fun experience that I will remember for as long as I live. 


After the clock struck midnight and the crowd died down, we eventually made our way back towards our hotel.  We somehow managed to stop for more pizza but the only reason I know this is because of the below picture.  I don't actually really recall going here... but my drunkenness most likely pointed us in this direction before we made our way back to our hotel.  :)


Happy New Year!!*

7 comments:

  1. SO lucky to spend NYE in one of my favorite places on earth! i lived in spain for a summer, so it will always have a special place in my heart! looks like an amazing trip!

    anna
    www.embracethesunshine.blogspot.com

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    1. Ah, I can't believe you LIVED in Spain for a whole summer. How amazing!!!

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  2. completely jealous!!! Spain is beautiful and I am drooling over all of these photos!!

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    1. It was such an awesome experience! We loved Spain so much!

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  3. You and Brett are adorable - this NYE sounds like a movie! What a memorable day!
    PS: I love your blog! :)

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    1. Aw, Courtney! Thank you!! Glad you enjoy my silly little blog :)

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  4. So fun! Spain has been high on my list after our European travels, but this definitely has me wanting to get over there! The bike rentals were an awesome idea & these pics are gorgeous!

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