No promise should be broken, so here we go with my small Trip Advisor!
This summer I was mainly working, except 3-days trip to Prague in June, I haven’t actually been to anywhere. My pale skin was saved by the spanish, or should I say catalan, sun. I decided to devide the Spanish Coverage in two parts. The first one you will see below, the second with the pictures a bit later. Why? Well, when I got home I nearly lost all the pictures I’ve taken, now I got 80% of them back, still waiting for the missing 20%. When I get them, I will make another post. Way more colourful :)
Let’s start from the beginning then. This year my brother and mom became my travel-buddies. We found a really nice offer for Costa Brava. Not so expensive, pretty close to the sea, acceptable standard hotel and the most important- really cheap price for one day trip to Barcelona with sight-seeing and visiting Camp Nou. As my brother is a huge FCB fan, we had to take this offer while it was on table.
The only and main disadvantage of the whole thing was that we had to go there by BUS. This means 30hrs in not so comfy area and in a sitting position. We were not afraid though, last year we went by bus to Croatia and the standard of the bus was so high and the ride- comfortable, we had hope this year will be the same since we took the same travel agency. We were so wrong.
Our trip started 6hrs before leaving Poland since the starting point was in Katowice (I leave in suburbs of Warsaw). We were in Katowice 3hours before the bus to Blanes, our main destination, was supposed to pick us up. Arrived, waited, we were so tired and sleepy when we got into the bus. That’s when the first disappointment happened. We were told to wait about 3hrs more for some kids, who where going by the same bus on camp or whatever thing was that. None of the organisers took the effort to inform other non-camp-kids people that we’re leaving not at 3am, but between 5-6 am. Damn, and I could have left Warsaw up to 8hrs later, this means a long nap!
Anyways I stayed awake in Czech, fell asleep in Austria, don’t remember Italy much (I ate ice-cream, that’s it), in France I was sleeping.
So here we came, after 30hrs of travelling, hello Blanes! The city one of a kind. So nice, so chilly, so incredibly hot and lovely. It’s got me under its charm so fast. It’s so not like polish-nearby-the-sea-cities. Though you can feel it in the air that beach is the place where the ‘LIFE’ is happening- full of pubs, hotels, restaurants. Always crowded, full of laughing people, I just loved the atmosphere! Especially the older people are unbearably cute. Just, you know, sittig on the bench and chatting till late night hours. Incredible.
In Blanes we went to see Jardi Botanic Marimutra. The cost of the visit to the garden was like 6euros, not more. The garden is rather pretty, but not worth the money, I’d say. The place was founded by Carl Faust, who did some botanic research in the area of Blanes. What’s interesting, the city placed a monument for his memory in the treadmill- Faust sitting on a bench with a book, looking at Jardi Botanic somewhere up on the cliff :) Anyways, the place is famous for diversity of presented plants, all put in order based on the area they’re originally from. This makes a division into about three zones- subtropical ( plants from Mexico, Canary Islands, Sud-Africa, America); tempered (plants from China, Japan, palms-garden, bamboo) and mediterranean (plants from California, Chile, Australia). SO if you’re a botanic freak, you should go there. For me, it was nice to see this ONCE, but I wouldn’t go there again, even if I got paid, cause simply my body is not used to all the high temperatures and walking in the sun for like 3hrs is not really my thing :). But, yeah, go there. Congrats if you won’t look like a sweating pig after all :>
Between swimming and sun-bathing, we went to Barcelona. I have to visit this city again. Liked it so much. The city gives the impression of being soooo huge and beautiful, I was just overwhelmed by its beauty. Great architecture, nice people, well-developed infrastructure. Just nice! It makes you want to start spanish/catalan lessons :). And my brother, I don’t remember seeing him happier. Especially in Camp Nou. I was afraid he might have forgotten how to breathe :).
Oh! In Park Guell be careful. Even in the shop, people may try to fit you up. The most innocent thing- buying ice-cream can end up quite bad. I was accused of printing money lol. Stupid asshole wanted to give me false euros as a change. Dumb ass. Like I won’t notice.
The third and last trip we took in Spain, was the Lloret de Mar -Tossa de Mar-cruise. I didn’t like Lloret this much as Tossa. Lloret seems to be just another place bought by Russians to party during vacations. But this place has a potential. If you like to get wasted and not to remember 3/4 of your vacation… pick Lloret instead Blanes. :) Having my kiwi smoothie with, we took a glass-boat to Tossa de Mar. For about an hour, we could watch sea floor through the glass-bottom of our boat. Ouh, fishhhhh! The cost- about 12euros. Quite much, but I loved the views. Tossa took my heart and never gave it back. Absolutely adorable village, with medieval ruins and beautiful Old Town. Nothing more to add, a must-see in Costa Brava. My favorite part of the whole Spain-trip was WINE. Cheap, good quality though. Was drinking my ass off. *.* Ouh, Malaga <3
My advice- take a lot of bottles or drink a lot of water. Spain is the place where Jesus’ trick of changing water into wine can happen to ANYONE :D f.ex. 1l of Malaga costs about 2euros. But you have to bring your own bottle. water bottle, see? :) I loved the day when we bought 6,25l bottle of water. Say hello to Cava! :3
So, yeah, here it is. I know it took me a while, but as I got back, I had so many things to handle! Even now I’m suffering from the lack of time.
The good news is that I got majority of pictures taken, so one day I will upload’em. Oh, and expect a post about real EU experience in Belgrade. The simulation I attended last year, and I am attending this year as a Journalists Coordinator. Check the link below and apply!
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That’s it for now. Gotta get back to studies :/