Today we began our first full day in Spain. We first went to the beach so the students could play beach volleyball and soccer with Spanish students. The plan was also for them to go swimming, but the jellyfish were so bad. Cary, Lynne and I walked along the beach and saw lots of jellyfish and Portguese Men of War. Yikes!
For lunch, the students made paella. It was really good! It is a rice dish that can be made with a variety of meats and vegetables. Ours was made with chicken, zucchini, green beans and carrots. It tasted a lot like our Spanish rice which is no surprise since we are in Spain!
Next, we began our city tour of Barcelona. I was surprised at how clean the city is and I loved all the Art Noveau buildings. We first stopped at Parc Guell which was Gaudi's dream neighborhood. He is the architect who's buildings look like something from Dr. Seuss. I do not know why people were surprised that the development never took off. Today it is a public park and huge tourist attraction.
Next we headed to La Sagrada Familia which was Gaudi's masterpiece. It is a cathedral that has the most eccentric design that I have ever seen! First, the very top has a Christmas tree on it! The front looks as if it is melting chocolate. Gaudi did not live to see his masterpiece completed and it is still not finished 80 years later. It is still a construction zone. What is really odd is that the side of the cathedral that they are working on now looks nothing like the rest of it.
We were able to have some free time on La Rambla, which is a pedestrian shopping street which leads to the sea. We walked all the way to the sea so that we could see the statue of Columbus and give our respects to the man who found our world. We also stopped at the same market that Andrew Zimmer from Bizarre Foods stopped at on his show! We saw some not so appetizing creatures!
We finished the day with dinner and a Flamenco Show. It was lots of fun! I even had to go on the stage and try it out. I was horrible!
Tomorrow will be the beginning of our homestay so it will be a few days before I post again.