at Suicide Bridge
C A L I - L U J A H #coolifornia (at San Marino, California)
Beachin #stuartiseuropeeing #barfalonga (at Bogatell Beach, Barcelona)
Bus tram at 3:45 am
Flight to Zurich at 6 am. Pastry and chocolate. Landed at 8:30
3 hr lay over. Slept a little. Listened to music. Pondered life. The usual lay over routine.
It’s weird saying goodbyes. And I’m sure its different for everybody. Ive thought about the times I’ve had to say bye to people and I don’t think I’ve had to do it that many times to people that I’ve truly cared for. I thought about…High school..but I wasn’t really close to people in high school and I don’t think I really thought about it at the time. There was also Church camp every summer…Going from seeing friends everyday to maybe every Sunday was tough..College….said bye to some very important people there..
I don’t know how I feel now. And how well I actually knew this group of 36 girls and 3 guys. I know I’ll probably never see these people again and in time meet new people. But I can’t help to but think that I could’ve been a better witness. Or even told anyone of them the gospel. I hope in some way I left a good impression with any of them. I’m not good at keeping touch with people. And my confidence in reaching out to people is hard for me. But it’s something I hope to learn better.
Departure at 1:10 for LA
Chicken and potatoes. Swiss chocolate ice cream. Carrot cream cheese sandwich. Swiss airlines was pretty dope.
Watched Spider-Man 2, Divergent, the grand piano (starring Elijah wood as a grand pianist who’ll be killed if he plays the wrong note at a performance) and the dark knight (in French just because).
Landed at 5:30 pm
Was met by the bean and the parents who just landed at LAX coming from SF. Perfect timing!
I’m blessed to have such loving family and friends.
Got home and ate chipotle! Then watched ninja turtles with spencer. We talked about how we wanted to see it opening night.
Anyways. Thanks for reading and any prayer and support. I hope I helped entertain you in some way these past 35 days.
#stuartiseuropeeing #barfalonga (at Mercato St Joseph, La Boqueria)
Got up at 11
Left for the food market at 12:30 with part of the group.
Found a spot in the back called Bar boqueria. I got patatas bravas and Pinchito de tenera.
Went back to the market. Left to go out by myself around 4. Everyone else is going to the beach and I thought id try to go see other things.. I went to placa catalyuna. It was a square surrounded by shops and a mall nearby. I saw some skateboarders trying to film a line. One of them was wearing a Thrasher shirt.
Got back around 6:30
Went downstairs at 7:20. Got a burger from the hostel bar for 7€. Tyson gave us parting gifts. He handed out wallets and coin pouches that had photographs of a local artist on them. Left at 8ish
Light/fountain show at 9 nearby their coliseum stadium. I’ll have to look it up later, but it seemed like their town hall or something.
Got back. There was a carnival going on. So some played 3 euros for bumper cars. I tried to get cool pictures of the carnival lighting.
Hostel bar at 11:40 with whoever was still up. We reminisced about the trip. A lot of the girls talked about some of the scandalous things that happened on the trip. Got all the juicy deets on what really happened on this trip…
Said goodbye to whoever I wasn’t gonna see in the morning.
Woke up at 8:30
Bus tour at 9.
Parc de guille. I really liked the architecture design by gaudi. He owns Barcelona with his work…it’s everywhere. It’s unique. And I can’t image what it was like in his current time.
La sagrada familia church at 10:30. Half of it was designed by gaudi.
Food market around 1
Walked around.. It looks pretty hip. Lots of cruiser skateboarders. Fixies. Shirts with random bold words affixed over a random beach or floral photo. Lots of beautiful people too. Wowzas.
Olympic Beach at 2 with kitty and Julia. They’re both funny and very nice. Kitty is sweet Julia is sarcastic.
Got back at 5:10
Left for dinner around 8:15
Fiesta major cannelloni topped with bechamel. Chicken escalope of foie sauce and potato gratin. Cheesecake with crunchy red fruits and raisins
Chupitas 10:40. Got the chupazito & the Boy Scout. Opium at 12:25
Took a cab back.. Went to 24 hr market. Got back at 3 am.
Woke up at 6:30 and left at 8
Made our first stop at 10:30. Made our second stop at 1:10. Made out third stop at 4:17
Arrived in BARCELONA. Got to hostel Generator at 5:30. Room 109. Its a clean & modern place with cool installations and light furnishings.
Left for town at 7:30. Placa Reial square. Ate at colon. Got patatas bravas, calamari and sangria. Loved the patatas bravas.
Went to chupitas. Got…. Twitty twister- cherry with whip cream and an m&m… A sweet drink.. Got the chupazito a mint drink.. Lit on fire then you breath in the left over vapors…
Ice bar around 11 pm. Left at 11:40ish and caught the last train back.
Hung out at the hostel bar for a little.
Slept at 1ish.
Woke up at 9
Tried to head to Cap d’ail beach with Julia and Kitty. We picked up some groceries for lunch and headed to the bus station. I got salami and bread. The girls picked up some fruit from the farmer’s market outside. We headed into town and ended up at a random beach at 12 because there was too much traffic heading towards the caves.
So much walking. But it was worth it. The water was nice and the scenery was great. The company was great and the conversations were fun. I’d never thought I’d get along well with Minnesotans.
Left at 2 and got back around 3:40
Left for Monaco at 6
Monaco ville. Pasta appetizer, pork and gravy for entree and chocolate mousse for dessert. It wasn’t super good, except for the mushrooms that came with the pork.
Monaco was disappointing. Not worth the money I paid for this excursion. The casino was tiny! And it’s not lively at all. Very nice cars outside though. I wanted to see the room were casino royale was filmed. But the rooms were private and for those high rollers. Me and Alexus go to the cheaper across the street, casino de Paris, and we play roulette. We head over to Buddha bar to meet the group. The look was pretty cool and clean. But we had nothing to do there so we went back and played more roulette. I won 1.50€ so I think I’m ready for the private rooms at Monaco now.
Got back at around 1 am, packed and slept.
#stuartiseuropeeing #crêpedmypants (at Eiffel Tower, Paris, France)
#stuartiseuropeeing #crêpedmypants (at Eiffel Tower)
Left at 6:30 am for the Gare de Lyon train station. We left two girls. Four girls got back that morning..
6 hour train ride to Nice, France
Alexus made fun of my dry knees. Blacks have a thing with “ashy knees.”
Left at 8:30. Seat 62
Arrived at 2:30 pm
Room 304 at Hostel villa saint exubery
Left at 4:30 for the beach! The beach had rocks everywhere. But it didn’t matter. It was nice to just relax. Made a bed of rocks and napped for 30 min.
Went into town. It’s developed and touristy. Sat down somewhere and got pizza for 9.90€ with the fab 5 as they like to say (Hannah, Anna, kitty and Julia). Got back around 9:30.
Played some games with the it’s and some funny of the girls at 11. Some of the girls are pretty dumb..it’s funny. Slept at 1ish
Quite possibly the photo I’ve ever worked the hardest for.. #stuartiseuropeeing #crêpedmypants (at Musée du Louvre)
#stuartiseuropeeing #crêpedmypants (at Musée du Louvre)
9:30 am went to the Louvre! There was so much to see and there was not enough time… Saw da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Saw Delacroix’s liberty leading the people. Saw Michelangelo’s dying slave. But couldn’t see everything. I wanted. So much to look at. I also wanted to go the Orsay Museum to see the impressionist paintings… But didn’t have time. Pretty bummed about that too.
After getting looking around by myself for a little bit I found Julia and Kitty and we went around the louvre together. We eventually found Alexus too.
The four of us left the louvre and went to the Eiffel Tower at 2 pm near the trocadero stop. Picked up a savory crêpe for lunch then had a Nutella and banana crêpe.
Took some different connecting trains and went to Gallery Lafayette, a department store, at 3. Kitty was looking for a charm for her bracelet. She didn’t find one.
Then we decided to try to head to the flea market… So remember that crêpe earlier? Well my stomach did.. And it almost gave my hashtag some real meaning. Before I got Paris, I was trying to think of a clever hashtag and I think at some point on the bus ride I came up with #crêpedmypants. Clever me..talking about poo. How old am I? Anyways…the savory crêpe I had earlier had cheese in it. And I usually handle cheese well, but I think if it’s cheddar or something it isn’t so nice. So going to the flea market required I think like 2 or 3 different transfers. We were on the south side of Paris and had to go to the north side. So there’s me… Sweating..knowing there’s no bathroom on the subway or even in the stations. I was trapped. I seriously thought I was going to crêpe my pants. I try to keep a straight face and not panic. We eventually get out at our stop and try to casually tell the group I gotta go really bad. First we head towards the McDonald’s, but it was occupied and I couldn’t hold it any longer. I go across the street to some shady looking bar and go downstairs to this nasty looking squatty. And Kaabbllaaammm!
Artists hill around 4:30. It’s nearby the sacred heart church. So we had to walk up a lot of stairs.
Left by myself to try to get a good picture of the Eiffel Tower around 5:30. There were a lot more guys in suits on in the trains. Looked like everyone had just gotten off work.
Saw the bridge from inception (a movie from my top 5). Rue de Passy. I wanted to get a good pic but It was under construction…
So I just sat in front of the Eiffel Tower, dead center on the steps and waited for a good picture. An Asian girl asked me if I was Korean and then showed me some cool pictures that she took of me. Haha! I didn’t any good ones of myself up until then. I took a couple photos for her and gave her my email address. She said she was there for vacation. Hopefully she sends me the images.
Got a Nutella banana crêpe from a stand nearby for dinner. Left at 11:30 pm. Slept at 2 am trying to catch up on journaling and those instas.