My Belated Thanksgiving Feast

Yesterday (11/25) I had the pleasure of hosting a belated Thanksgiving feast with some friends at my flat. I honestly was one of my favorite, most memorable nights here yet. Raleigh and I decided that we wanted to show some Brits (and an Australian, Eliza) how a real American Thanksgiving is done. Plus we just wanted some more Thanksgiving food too! So on Friday (11/23), Raleigh and I ventured to Asda and bought the makings of (almost) a FULL Thanksgiving feast. It was bit harder to find what we needed in an English grocery store, but we managed to get some alright version (or weird brand) of what we needed.

 

We planned to have people over here on Sunday night for dinner and spent almost the entire afternoon preparing (starting at 3 PM). I can’t take much credit for cooking the meal… Chef Raleigh did a fantastic job. I assigned myself the positions of chef’s assistant and DJ for the afternoon. We blasted Christmas music, jammed out, and prepared all the food for our friends to come over around 5:30.

My mom was so anxious to hear about our cooking experience in my kitchen, awaiting news of something going wrong with the meal . However, much to her dismay, Raleigh and I (mostly Raleigh) did a really good job and everything turned out to be DELICIOUS. Way better than the Roehampton mock-Thanksgiving dinner we went to the other night.

The meal consisted of:

A real roasted large turkey breast, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green bean casserole, and an appetizer of baguette bread with sliced apples and warm brie cheese.

Is your mouth watering yet? Well I haven’t even described dessert!

There were a total of seven of us who attempted to devour the huge meal: Me, Raleigh, Chelsea, Eliza, Sinead, Zack (Sinead’s boyfriend) and Mat (Chelsea’s boy). So overall, three Americans, two Brits, one Australian, and one Belgian. Quite the mix for a Thanksgiving feast, but at least we all came with big appetites! Note: there are SO many leftovers!

After seconds (and maybe thirds for some), we all reclined in our chairs feeling stuffed and happy. I made sure everyone was properly full because it’s not thanksgiving without feeling insanely stuffed yet still trying to shove food down your throat because it’s so good. We waited a little while, and obviously found some way to make room in our stomachs for dessert!

Eliza was kind enough to bring over two pies (an apple one, and a mixed berry one) with some vanilla ice cream, while Raleigh and I provided a nice big layered chocolate mousse cake (not as traditional, but Asda didn’t carry pumpkin pie in the store). Obviously I went for seconds on dessert because I’m a chocolate freak and couldn’t resist. After we all ate literally as much as we could, we decided to make the short walk to the Union (the campus bar) for a group trivia game that they hold on Sunday nights. Our group came in third and we won a redeemable free pizza and glass of wine at the pizzeria on campus! Pretty good prize I must say.

So that’s pretty much all about my belated Thanksgiving with friends. I will always look back on that night as one of my fondest memories here at Roehampton. The Christmas music, festive food, and colder weather really got me in the holiday spirit and I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited for Christmas. It’s just around the corner… less than a month as of yesterday! That’s all for now… can’t wait to get to basketball practice tonight to attempt to not feel obese anymore haha!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading Week Part 2: When in Rome…

Continuing my trip from when we flew out of the Barcelona airport at 5 AM…

Day 1 (11/4)

I think I may have slept for an hour on the plane, and we when touched down in Rome exhaustion was setting in for all three of us. We took a bus to the center of Rome, which dropped us off a few minutes away from our hostel apparently. But we ended up walking up and down the same two streets in the spitting rain for about an hour, asking guys who only spoke Italian where the Legends Hostel was. After receiving wrong directions about three times, we FINALLY finished our scavenger hunt to the hidden door of this mysterious hostel. It turned out not to be that bad inside, but the time it took to find the place was super frustrating. We dropped off our bags and worked up some energy at breakfast to explore some of the city.

 

 

Using a big map as our guide that we received from the hostel, we basically headed towards the areas with the prettiest looking buildings drawn out. We ended up wandering around a lot of the city so we covered some cool places that we didn’t even expect to walk to on the map. We planned a walking route to get to Trevi Fountain, walking past Plaza de Rebublica, the President’s House (which has something going on inside because there were people crowding around the front, we just couldn’t really understand what was happening). We made it to Trevi Fountain right in the middle of the day and it was definitely one of my favorite touristy places I’ve been to in Europe so far. The fountain really had a magical quality to it. The backdrop to the fountain had gorgeous architecture with statues of the gods creating a magnificent scene. The area was so packed with people, but we made our way down to the water at the fountain and threw in our coins over our shoulders after making a wish (I hope mine comes true)! Legend has it that if you throw in a coin at the Trevi Fountain you are guaranteed to return to Rome one day.

 

 

 

After we took our pictures at Trevi Fountain, we continued our walk around the city with the map as our guide. We wandered towards some ruins in the middle of the city (not the Roman Forum, but just some other land that they randomly blocked off by random roads and buildings. It’s crazy to me all the history that this city has. Every corner you turn there is another beautiful building towering over the street that leaves you wondering its significance and what it used to be. We went to a beautiful museum called the museum of Italian Reunification, paired with a monument called Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II (National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II, who was the first king of a unified Italy). The entire structure of the place was incredible!

 

 

We stopped for a late lunch at a really fun area called Campo de Fiori, which is an outdoor marketplace and square with some really good Italian restaurants. I got authentic Italian gnoocci with a cream sauce for lunch and it was delicious… and I was completely stuffed. Our feet were getting so tired from all the walking around that day, along with exhaustion setting in from barely a few hours of sleep, so we made it an early night and went back to the hostel to get some rest for a busy day two…

 

Day 2 (11/5)

We bought a metro pass for the day to travel around Rome a bit quicker (yet the train system in the city only has two lines… SO small compared to London). We woke up early and made it to the Vatican area to explore the famous site. A woman approached us about taking a Vatican tour which enabled us to skip the lines and also get some interesting information which we wouldn’t get on our own, so we signed up and toured with a group. The Vatican area was very unique and was nothing like I’ve seen before at a museum. We walked through a bunch of rooms with lots of crazy colorful paintings and sculptures, and other works of art. It was awesome to see the Sistine Chapel but they unfortunately wouldn’t let us take pictures of it… thanks Michelangelo (probably not your fault, but whatever)!

 

 

 

Our tour ended at St. Peter’s Basilica which was my favorite part of the Vatican tour. It was the most beautiful church I’ve ever seen and the inside was just enormous. The paintings, sculptures, and entire atmosphere of the place were incredible. It’s where the pope hangs out so I can see why it’s so nice! Overall, the Vatican in general was pretty cool to see, definitely a must-visit while in Rome, but I don’t see myself spending that money to go again anytime soon.

 

 

 

 

 

After this extensive tour, we stopped for lunch and I got some good ravioli. We then headed to St. Angelo’s castle which looked really cool on our map. It didn’t lie, this place was massive and one of my favorite castles I’ve seen so far in Europe!

 

 

 

 

My friend Calvin who studied in Rome last year told us that we needed to visit Piazza de Popolo and we got there right at the perfect time of the sunset, which made for some great pictures of the city. We walked around the area called Villa Borghese (which is like the Italian Central Park) but it was getting really dark so we couldn’t see much of the park.

 

Our last stop of the day was to the Spanish Steps, which were really crowded no matter what time of day you go to see them, and then for some evening gelato (YUM). After getting back to the hostel, Megan decided to stay in and Kelly and I went back our for a three course dinner at a ma and pop little Italian restaurant owned by the sweetest old couple who served us. The meal was delicious! I had salad, spaghetti carbonara, chicken, bread, wine, AND a tiramisu-like dessert! Kelly and I had such a good time just talking and relaxing at dinner… and we left really full and happy.

 

DAY 3 (11/6)

We dedicated this day to see and tour the COLOSSEUM and Roman Forum (the ruins)! A nice guy approached us and convinced us to spend a little extra money for another tour which enabled us to once again skip the lines and have a knowledgeable tour guide. I absolutely LOVED the tour of the Colosseum. Did you know that the main reason for its destructed outer part is from an earthquake!? I learned so much about how they entertained the people at the Colosseum (Flavian Amphitheater) during the Roman Empire with fights between gladiators and animals. There were tons of visible passageways where they used to transport and keep the fighting animals under the arena before fights. It was so cool! Seeing this iconic site was by far the highlight of Rome.

  

 

 

   

We also toured through the Roman Forum after the Colosseum and learned even more about the Roman Empire and how the ruins were not really destroyed by the earthquake, but by their own people who needed materials to build newer churches, homes, and communities elsewhere in Rome. It was so fascinating to see what the people decided to leave (things that weren’t important enough to take and recreate). It was such a beautiful day and Megan, Kelly and I really enjoyed walking around and exploring some ancient history.

 

 

   

For lunch we stopped at yet another Italian place (shocker) and we split a few things: Cheese tortellini and a four cheese pizza, then we got gelato yet again (duh, so good). During the nighttime we had planned on going out to a popular tourist bar called the Drunken Ship but it was a far walk from the hostel and we ended up just hanging out in our hostel’s kitchen area and talking to some other foreign travelers, mainly two guys from New Zealand and Canada. It was a good night to just hang out and meet some people.

Day 4 (11/7)

This was our last day in Rome, sadly. We woke up early and actually got two, yes two, breakfasts. The traditional Italian breakfast is just a small croissant and cup of cappuccino so we decided that we needed to try that before we leave. However, this breakfast is absolutely not filling enough for us Americans, so we found another nice place that offered bigger American-style breakfasts and the three of us ordered ham and cheese omlettes. They were so good and we were properly full after that. The waiter at that restaurant was really funny but creepily flirty with me… typical Italian behavior I think. After breakfast(s), it was time to part ways with Megan and Kelly because they had an earlier flight to Prague while my flight was later in the afternoon to Dublin. So I had a few hours to wander around Rome myself and visit some places we didn’t hit in the other days. I did enjoy walking around myself… I went back to the Spanish Steps, then Villa Borghese during the day and explored a lot more than we saw in the dark. It really was a beautiful central park-like area with green grass fields, fountains, and playgrounds. After that, I went back to Trevi Fountain and just people watched tourists taking pictures by the site as I devoured my last snack in Rome: a Nutella croissant. It was a perfect last moment to my Rome visit.

 

 

 

 

 

I made it to the airport late afternoon, and finally took off to my last destination: Dublin with Raleigh and Eliza!

Things I LOVED about Rome:

THE FOOD (both the meals and desserts), the historic atmosphere feel, beautiful architecture, sunny days, the Colosseum, listening to people speak Italian.

Other things I noticed about Rome:

-you can basically cross the street with your eyes closed as long as you’re at a crosswalk. Cars will stop for the pedestrians at any time! It was awesome.

-There were the most amount of smokers in a city that I have ever seen. Everywhere we walked on the streets, there were people basically blowing smoke in our faces left and right, it was hard to avoid sometimes. Super frustrating.

-The city itself was pretty clean, which was refreshing to walk around nice streets

-There were soooooo many annoying street vendor guys who tried to get us to buy their crappy tourist items ALL THE TIME. NO, I do not want to buy a cheap scarf, Colosseum figurine, or another magnet. Thanks, go away.

-I’ve never seen so many homeless people in a city. I felt like they were on every street corner, sitting with dogs, with other homeless people, always grumbling at people walking by asking for money in Italian. The worst thing I saw in Rome was a woman lying on the sidewalk in her own urine. That moment really stands out in my head, unfortunately.

-I feel like sirens of ambulances were constantly going of all the time. Ever seen James Bond? Yeah, the sound was like that.

-The majority of the toilets didn’t have seats on them… for women’s too.

-There were tons of vendors on the street selling roasted chestnuts for some reason… I thought that was really random, but Kelly and I split some after the Colosseum becuase we felt like we had to try them. Not bad!

-I can really understand the saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day” now. The buildings everywhere were too elaborate and beautiful to even be built in hundreds of years. It truly was something I’ve never seen before!

My Thanksgiving Reflection

It’s a day late… but HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Everyone should be enjoying some Black Friday shopping right about now. This was the first ever Thanksgiving that I had to spend away from my family… and I didn’t know how much I’d miss them when the holiday actually came around. Every year, my entire mom’s side of the family gathers at my grandma’s (Gigi’s) house to have a proper American Thanksgiving feast with all the makings (turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, veggies, salad, bread, pies… I could go on!).

As I sat in my children’s lit class yesterday on the actual holiday, I couldn’t help but be jealous of all my friends back home spending time with family, reuniting with friends, and cuddling with beloved pets. I scrolled through my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see endless pictures of happy college kids at home as if they’ve been away forever and have never seen their pet before so they have to take a million pictures with it. Honestly, if I were home I’d do the same thing (miss you Roxie)! But it was the fact that I couldn’t which made me feel homesick for the first time since I’ve been here in London. A few days ago (Nov. 19) marked the one month countdown until I come back home to New Jersey. I do admit that when it’s time to go home I will be the happiest girl alive. But I feel like I still have a lot to do here in exploring London/other parts of England and I’m not sure if a month (with limited weekends) will be enough time for me to do it all! It’s kind of stressful when the time starts ticking for real.

I’m going to try not to stress and just do as many fun things as possible until that day (Dec. 19th) comes around and it’s time for me to board the plane. London is REALLY into the holiday season and celebrating all things Christmas, so there tons of places to go see that are elaborately decorated for the holidays. Today I’m going to see the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland and the lights on Oxford Street! (pictures to come soon from this visit)

But back to Thanksgiving… while I was pretty bummed yesterday to not be home, the amount of people who took the time to reach out to me over here and say “Happy Thanksgiving” was all the cheering up I needed. There are SO many things I have to be thankful for. Being in London has completely opened my eyes to even more aspects that I should feel fortunate to have (especially in America).

Last night, however, I did get the opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving with some other Americans which I took advantage of. It was absolutely nothing like how I celebrate the holiday at home, but at least I got to eat a bit of the traditional Thanksgiving food. Roehampton invited the American international students to a pretty fancy Thanksgiving dinner since they knew the large majority of us won’t be going home for the holiday. I went with Raleigh and Chelsea, and was a bit disappointed to see they made an assigned seating chart which didn’t put us at the same table. However, I did have a chance to meet some people from other areas of the states and even though we were from all different parts of America (Hawaii, California, Pittsburgh, New Jersey, North Carolina), we all could come together and bond over missing home, and other aspects of American culture that England just doesn’t have… especially food!

I got to have a nice conversation with the girl from North Carolina and we bonded over missing sweet tea, southern accents, and country music. I really am beyond excited to get back to UNCW next semester! It was really nice to see other people have the same minor homesickness as I did yesterday. But we all came together for a good dinner. And the best part… it was free! The food they served us was okay… they got the turkey and stuffing right, but they had some weird mashed potatoes and included brussels sprouts and parsnips in the meal (obviously not part of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner), but at least they had some pumpkin pie to top off the meal at the end!

After my own dinner, I got to go back to my room and Skype my entire family at Gigi’s house which really put a smile on my face. Thanks for the love everyone!

I wanted to write this blog post because home means so much to me and I’ve realized it even more since living in London for over two months now. So with that being said, in honor of being thankful during this holiday, I have made my own list of a few things I’m thankful for…

The things I’m most thankful for this Thanksgiving:

-Obviously my amazing family and friends who support me while I’m here in London. I can’t even begin to say how much it means to me to have people reach out to me while I’m here to say that they are thinking about me and miss me. It’s the best feeling in the world to feel loved. And I want to say that I love all my family and friends back in American unconditionally.

-My new closest friends here. They help keep me sane while I’m away from home. Specifically Raleigh, Chelsea, Sinead, Eliza, and Kelly. You all don’t know how much you have helped me through this study abroad experience by just being a friend to me here. Without all of you, I wouldn’t have wing-girls to go out with, buddies to travel with, and friends to hang out with. And I couldn’t be happier that most of you will be back in North Carolina with me next semester so we can continue our friendships there. You girls are the best.

-This study abroad experience in general. I know that by the time these three months are over I will never have appreciated America more than I did while I’m here, but living in London has opened my eyes to so many different cultural things. The accent, the food, the manners, the travelling, the fashion, the weather. I honestly don’t think my school education is what I will take away from “studying” here… it’s the fact that I was immersed in this interesting English culture for three months and how different it really is from what I’m used to in America. I feel so incredibly fortunate to have the resources to be here for the semester, and even more to travel while I’m here!

-Being an American. The dollar isn’t as expensive, we have all the best movies and songs, Kraft mac and cheese, grape jelly, big cars and parking lots… the list goes on. I never thought I’d be thankful for all of these things, but being away from everything for a few months really makes you think!

-Skype. Can’t think of a better way of keeping in touch with my friends. I get to see their faces, hear their voices, and show them how pale I’ve gotten here already!

-Good health and good fortune. No explanation really needed.

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Reading Week Part 1: BARCELONA, SPAIN!

Hello blog readers! It’s been a while since my last post… but now I finally have some free time to write all about my reading week trip. This first post is dedicated to my two days/three nights in Barcelona, Spain!

First of all, let me just say that I was so incredibly stressed about trying to fit eleven days’ worth of clothes into a carry on backpack and had a mini break down the night before leaving (thanks for calming me down, mom). Ryannair (a great cheap airline to travel around Europe) unfortunately has extremely strict carry on restrictions when you fly with them, so even a regular rolling suitcase that everyone typically uses in America won’t work with them. I finally decided to just check a larger duffel bag (for an extra fee that turned out to be completely worth it) and a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders. There was no way I could fit all those clothes into my backpack. No way!

Night 1: 11/1
So besides my mini freak out on packing everything, the rest of the trip went extremely smooth. I travelled with two girls from UNCW, Megan and Kelly, and we had such a good time. We landed in Barcelona on Nov. 1 at night, found our way to the hostel (Mediterranean Youth Hostel), checked in and grabbed a really late dinner at a restaurant down the street. My first meal in Barcelona was a tostada with ham and cheese. Tostadas are popular in Spain and were on almost every menu! After dinner we went back to the hostel, made a game plan for the next day, and went to bed.

Day 2: 11/2
We woke up early the next morning and wandered around two main streets of Barcelona before joining a free walking tour of the Gothic City section. Our hostel was just two blocks away from Passeig de Gracia, one of the most popular streets for some upscale shopping, eating and seeing pretty buildings. We then ventured to another really awesome street called La Rambla which is lined with pretty trees and lots of kiosks for tourist shopping. That street is always so crowded with people no matter what time of day/night it is… there is so much going on there that the street never dies down. There are tons of bars, shops, and restaurants on La Rambla too so it was definitely one of my favorite places to explore. Off of that street, there is a market called La Boqueria which we quickly walked through since we were trying to get to the starting point of the tour on time. However, we got a chance to really explore La Boqueria market the next day and it was honestly the coolest market I’ve ever seen. It was so insanely colorful and there were hundreds of booths selling all food imaginable… fish, fruit, juices, cheese, chocolate, bread, spices, grains… everything! It was SO crowded inside this marketplace but I loved walking through it to see everything inside the huge tented area. Our tour guide told us that the best stuff and cheapest prices could be found towards the back of the market, so that’s where we went to buy something. Kelly, Megan and I ended up buying some chocolate from one of the booths and spent way too much money on these little pieces of sweets without realizing how expensive it was (kind of disappointing, but you live and you learn). At least we had chocolate!

We made our way to the starting point of the Gothic City (also called the Gothic Quarter) walking tour and spend the rest of the morning and early afternoon learning about some old buildings, cathedrals, and architecture while walking through some long winding passageways in the city. It would have been really confusing to get around that area if I lived there… the streets were dark, narrow, and all looked the same. The tour was interesting and I learned some cool historical facts about the area. The area dates back to the Medieval times as the first Roman settlement of Barcelona. One thing that I found interesting is that the quarter used to be highly populated with Jews, a section called “El Call,” which was attacked and now occupied by the Spanish. It was really cool to see an old Jewish synagogue where I least expected it.

After the tour, we made our way towards the beach and stopped at a restaurant for the most traditional Spanish dish: paella! It’s a really good rice dish in a skillet with meat and/or fish and some spices. A must-eat while you’re in Spain. After devouring our paella, we took a relaxing walk on the beach and I was just so happy to be in the sunshine with the sand between my toes. It wasn’t warm enough to lay out in a bathing suit (though there were a few crazies doing it), but we spent a good half hour sitting in the sun thinking of the Wilmington beach, and missing being so close to the coast.

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On our long walk back to the hostel, we stopped at an ice cream place highly recommended by our tour guide which was called Gelaaati! Megan, Kelly, and I each got our own order of waffles and ice cream and it was honestly the most delicious thing I’ve had since I’ve been in Europe. You seriously can’t go wrong with waffles and ice cream! YUM. I’m still dreaming of that dessert now…

That night we decided to go out for drinks and a late dinner with three boys, Dan, Alex and Blake, who we met at our hostel that afternoon. They are also Americans studying in London for the semester (who go to Pitt in the states) and happened to be in Barcelona that weekend too. We used our T-10 metro pass to get to the beach where the club scene was, walked down the Barceloneta Beach boardwalk and made it into a club called Shoko, where we spent a total of maybe ten minutes inside (it really wasn’t that great). The end of the night consisted of grabbing some beer and sitting out on the rocks on the beach, talking and watching the waves crash on the shore. We had so much fun talking and getting to know the guys from Pitt!

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Day 3: 11/3
Megan, Kelly and I woke up early with the intention of getting a good spot in line to tour Sagrada Familia, the absolute biggest tourist attraction in Barcelona. Sagrada familia is a huge church designed by Antoni Gaudí who is famous for his brilliant architecture. Apparently the inside of this place is completely incredible, but we didn’t get a chance to go inside. The line was so freaking long (literally about five hours at least) and we didn’t want to waste almost an entire day waiting in line, so we grabbed breakfast and came up with another game plan.

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The Pitt boys told us that Park Guell was another really awesome spot to check out, so we took the metro there and made our way up a large hill (with outdoor escalators, thank goodness!) until we finally made it to the top of this amazing sight. Park Guell consists of two parts, the first with an incredible view of the entire city of Barcelona. We made it all the way to the top and got some awesome pictures… we could see out to the ocean, over to the mountains, and everything in between, including the city’s largest buildings. The view was something I could admire all day. The second part of Park Guell is an area with tons of Gaudi’s work… beautiful mosaics and buildings that look like gingerbread houses. This area was probably my favorite part of Barcelona. It was interesting to people of all ages, kids loved the atmosphere and adults were fascinated by the Gaudi’s creativity.

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One funny story from Park Guell is when we saw all the street vendor guys run away from the area. There were TONS of men all around selling tourist merchandise (magnets, key chains, figurines) laid out on large white cloths. All of a sudden, I heard a whistle and the entire group of vendor guys quickly grabbed their sheet stuffed with their products and bolted out of the area. It was so crazy to me… one whistle and everyone was gone. It didn’t take me long to figure out that what they were doing was illegal… two police officers came strolling through about a minute later to check out the scene. One guy had dropped his sheet of stuff in a hurry and half of his merchandise was left broken on the ground, which the police had to tend to. So crazy! When the police left after ten minutes, all of them were back in their designated places, re-setting up their stuff. It was definitely amusing to watch.

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After Park Guell, we took the metro to another stop (Espanya) and wandered our way to the coolest mall I’ve ever seen, called Arenas, which looked like a mini Colosseum and used to be a bullring! We ventured inside of the massive mall and it literally had everything you could imagine in one shopping center (grocery shopping, restaurants, department stores, a movie theater… EVERYTHING)! We ended up eating lunch at the very top level of the building at a cool diner-like restaurant. The view from up there was awesome too!
After lunch we made our way over to a beautiful looking building that we saw from the rooftop of the mall, which happened to be a really cool museum called MNAC (Museo Nacional d’Art de Catalunya). Lots of the exhibits inside were captioned in Catalan so I didn’t understand most of it, but it was really nice to walk and look around the place. The outside of the building was absolutely gorgeous though.

Our daytime exploration ended with watching the sunset at the NMAC building and outdoor garden area right near it (with a big, authentic amphitheater). The MNAC building overlooked a lot of the Barcelona city as well, and honestly that view at sunset topped off an amazing adventure-filled day. We went back to the hostel to shower and chill before our last night out in the city.

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Our last night in Barcelona was spent with the Pitt boys again, where we decided to go out for a late dinner at this restaurant/bar/club place called 7 Sins that Kelly found online. I got a burger and it was probably the best one I’ve had overseas so far. Us girls ordered a pitcher of sangria (which we should have been drinking long before our last night… it was SO good!) and we all just had a great time laughing, chatting, and eating some good food. Because we had a 5 AM flight the next morning, Megan Kelly and I decided not to go to sleep, and left out hostel around 2 AM to make our way to the airport en route to ROME! Check out my next post for adventures in Italy!

Things I loved about Barcelona:
THE BEACH, the warm beautiful weather, the upbeat atmosphere, La Rambla market, Park Guell, Gaudi architecture, sangria, pretty sunsets, amazing views of the city. I’d love the chance to get back there someday!