27.06.2011 - 02.08.2011 38 °C
Lennie: To be honest, Madrid is by far my favourite city. I loved the bull ring! It had a real sense of pride for its nation, and walking through it I realised how brave you have to be to stand in front of twenty thousand plus people and try and kill a 600kg bull. It makes UFC seem pansy. It was again another hot day with no clouds. I will definatley be visiting Madrid again. But there's one thing I won't be visiting again! Which is an all you can eat buffet that we chose to eat at on the last night. I won't go on about how bad it was but the only reason we got our moneys worth is because we had four desserts each! The quick walk we had through the indoor market was nice. If we'd have had more cash to splash I would definatley have bought some paella, fruit for dessert and dipped a strawberry in a chocolate fountain. Although I did get an orange and pineapple smoothie which was awesome. As I said before I love Madrid, I don't think anywhere but Rome will beat it for me!
My first outlook on Barcelona was a dreary one as on our first metro ride I saw three guys try to bag snatch a lady. Not cool. I then spent the next 30 minutes staring at everyone madly, as if they were going to steal something from me. Then having to wait for over 20 minutes for a guy to take us to the hostel in the 35 degree plus heat made things worse. Once the bags were in the hostel we made our way to Sagrada Familia and then Parc Guell. The views from Park Guell were amazing and completely turned the day around. Pictures will be up as soon as I find a decent wifi for my phone.
Lauren: The hostel here is really bazaar, nothing like the others we've stayed in. Its someones flat that they rent out as a hostel so the interior is lovely, its all really clean and its morealess really quiet. There's a few weird things though that make it like being at home. For example, the computer switches off at 11pm - bedtime!! And you must do your washing up the split second you've eaten or the guy who lives here chaperoning will give you evil eyes!!
We went to Barcelona zoo today, mainly because I saw they had dolphins!! We watched the dolphin and sea lion show and even though the instructors were talking in spanish we still both really enjoyed it. They´re such graceful creatures and we now want to be dolphin trainers. They had an albino gorilla there, the only lowland albino Gorilla ever known of but unfortuantley we didn't get to see it. Still - thats cool! We wandered to Parc de Montjuic after the zoo and took a cable car all the way to the top which gave us an amazing zoo over the sea and all of Barcelona. To get to the cable car it did involve another large installment of walking up hills and I wont lie, I did moan like a five year old! But Lennie was about as scared as a five year old on the cable car so it evens it out. We walked around the Castell de Montjuic which had some nice views and cool gardens. I'm loving Spain, will definatley be sad to leave on Wednesday, but looking forward to a day at one of Europes biggests water parks tomorrow! Love to everyone at home.
P.S. Lennie: I enjoyed the zoo today, but the more zoos I go to the more I realise I don't actually like them. For obvious reasons that animals don't like being kept in cages. Dolphins are cool!