From Sitges we travelled back to Barcelona where we stayed almost a week. Although I had only spent a short time in Barcelona before going to Sitges, being back there felt really familiar and I was beginning to know my way around part of the old city. We had our favourite bars to drink at, places to eat and we met up with some friends that we had made during our first visit to Barcelona.
Next stop on my surprise European trip was Sitges. Gay capital of Spain!!!
I was sorry to leave the penthouse apartment that we were staying in in Barcelona but happy for the next leg of my surprise European adventure to begin. I had never heard of Sitges and was happy to see some of the Spanish countryside. This part of our adventure was pure relaxation. We spent entire days at the beach, pausing only to eat, drink and take the occasional photograph.
Highlights of this leg of the adventure include:
- Relaxing in the gay capital of Spain. Admittedly we didn’t see many lesbians, mostly gay men, but who cares. We were in the gay capital of Spain, the sun was shinning and we were happy.
- The perfect weather, sangria, the sun the beach. You get the idea.
- Swimming topless (when in Spain).
- The history. Again, for a girl who had barely left Australia, it was overwhelming.
Wow, where to start. A surprise three week holiday throughout Europe. It is going to be hard to be concise with this post.
First stop, Barcelona. It’s hard to not fall in love with Barcelona. The history, the art, the people. The nightlife, the lazy afternoons drinking Sangria, the beach. Some of my highlights include:
- Picasso Museum – I fell in love with Picasso’s work and learnt about his love for a small dash hound called Lump.
- The Gothic Quarter – Which left me utterly speechless. We stayed in an apartment that was built in 1736, difficult to comprehend.
- La Sagrada Familia – Construction of this iconic building began in 1882 and is scheduled to be completed by 2040. Made me want to believe.
- La Rambla – Chaotic and busy.
- Spending time with my BFF. Drinking, eating and taking hundreds of photographs.
To be fair, I didn’t actually completed this task, it was completed on my behalf. My BFF proposed that she plan and take me on a surprise holiday, all I needed to do was to organise my passport and dip into my savings. The trip was three weeks in duration and I had no idea where I was going. It made packing difficult but I embraced the experience with gusto.
On June 9th I headed to the airport for the trip of a lifetime. My BFF covered my eyes as we passed through each checkpoint at the airport. We made it to our stopover in Qatar before I found out about the destination for the first leg of the adventure; Barcelona! My dream to get to Europe was finally going to become a reality…
36. Go to a session at Curves
A friend that I work with goes to Curves a few times a week. She invited me one day and I was given a one month ‘trial pass’. I completed two sessions and it really wasn’t for me. I am no fitness fanatic but the workout seemed like a pretend workout. Now I know that it must work, Curves is huge and continues to grow. But it wasn’t for me.
75. Bake something and take to work for morning tea – Honey Joys
90 g margarine or butter
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon honey (I used organic honey from Mansfield)
4 cups corn flakes.
Method: Preheat oven to 150C. Melt butter, sugar & honey together in a saucepan until frothy. Add this to cornflakes and mix well. Spoon into paper patty cases. Bake in a slow oven for 10 minutes. This recipe is supposed to make 20. My batch only made about 14. Not enough. Next time I will double the mixture, you can never have enough honey joys, especially when you share them with work mates!!