Wednesday, April 30, 2014

London & España

On Easter Sunday my family and I flew to London. After living in a somewhat conservative city in Italy and spending holy week in Germany, I half expected a lot of restaurants and stores to be closed in London as well... but I was wrong. As soon as I stepped out of the tube, I was reminded how much London is like New York. Never a dull moment.
I was in London years ago but I only have a vague memory of it. This time I really fell in love with the city although it really made me miss New York and Dublin.

 Kensington Palace
Unfortunately the Royal family spent Easter in Australia

The incoming storm made a good photo 

News room of the BBC- so cool! 

Wednesday morning I said a sad goodbye to my mom and we parted for separate airports. She was going back to NY and I was heading to Madrid to meet Kate, my friend from BC whose studying there 

Plaza de Cibeles

Alumudena Cathedral
Royal Palace

After a wonderful two days with Kate filled with tapas, shopping and sightseeing,  I took a quick flight to Barcelona and spent a solid 24 hours there. I met one of my friends from home, Will who was traveling through Spain for his break and one from BC, Addison, whose been working and studying in Barca all year 

The windy Barceloneta beach 

back in my element 

Will and I were in heaven with all the surf shops

deadly clouds that chased me and Addison

Gaudí's Parque Güell

Barcelona definitely lived up to my expectations! My only regret is not having more time in Spain but I was definitely happy to get back to Venice. I've also realized my Spanish (after taking it for seven years) is really rusty... actually I think my Italian is just as good at this point

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