Day 1 - 26 hours after leaving our house in Oakland at 3am we arrived in sunny Barcelona, Spain. The fresh air on our faces outside of the airport felt great. As we arrived at our apartment in The Raval section of the city I realized my wallet was missing. We traced back our steps and believe it was taken by the shady character next to us on the plane from Frankfurt. He must have taken it while we were all passed out on the plane. He got some Euros (about 50) and my credit cards but thankfully nothing else and we feel the univerise will take care of him somehow. So after a frantic call to grandma we were able to get money from Western Union and new cards are on their way. Stressful? Yes, but it didn't dampen our spirits and it just made us more aware of our surroundings. We then walked around the neighborhood, ate mediocre Mexican food (what did we expect?!), left the restaurant because it was full of smokers, and collapsed on our beds around 9pm.
Day 2 - The weather was beautiful and we wandered down Las Ramblas to get our first glimpse of the Mediterranean Sea and then hopped on an on/off double decker bus for a tour of the City. We were all amazed at Gaudi's archtecture and devoted the day to viewing some of his famous works. La Sagrada Familia is a church that has been under construction for 125+ years and we all hope to come back when it's completed to hear the choirs sing. Gracie's favorite spot of the day was La Sagrada Familia and Lucy loved Parc Guell, another one of Gaudi's marvels. Our lucky moment of the day was Gracie leaving her scarf on the bus in the morning but finding it when we were getting off the bus in the late afternoon. We just happened to be on the same bus Our apartment is in a wonderful location and we enjoy being able to walk to so many touristy spots but also feel like we are living among the locals.
Day 3 - It's raining today so we decided to use our 2nd day of the bus tour ticket and just see some sights from the bus. We then toured La Pedrera, an apartment building that Gaudi designed and the chimneystacks on top were the inspiration for the stormtroopers in Star Wars. Very cool! After our tour we came back to take a siesta and then head out for a late dinner. We are quickly adapting to Spanish-time. Another highlight of the day was shopping in the Mercat de la Boqueria which is a beautiful market full of fruit, veggies, cheeses, and of course the favorite of the kids, mounds of candy. Lucy bought a candy snake that has become her pet for the day. The WiFi is finally working so we will be able to update the blog more often. We are looking forward to exploring more of Barcelona over the next 4 days.