We arrived on Friday at 11:45 pm, and spent the next two days in the Hilton Barcelona preparing for the tournament. Monday and Tuesday we competed, and we did well (we Sophomores crushed it, having five of our six class members winning 1st place in one of out events).
(Pictured above: the Sophomores of GMU 4N6, and the people I love the most on the team)
By Wednesday, though, we were finally free to travel and visit places!
We walked for an hour and a half to the Sagrada Familia, and I was not prepared for it. Wednesday I focused just on the outside, but even that was astounding.
We then returned back to our new apartments (conveniently located literally in front of Camp Neu), and prepared for Thursday.
Thursday I had a group go with me to the Sagrada Familia Archives for my project; we also used the time to visit the cathedral itself. Two things I want to highlight; the first being the stained glass and how the light made the inside literally change colours
the second being how amazing and gorgeous the inside looks (and how it does replicate a forest)
Needless to say, I cried. (I also got sweaty palms, but that was when we went up one of the bell towers. Fun fact: I discovered then that I have a fear of heights!)
We then spent the evening in the Gothic District, where I found the chance for a literary inside joke that only true (15)90s kids will understand:
Spent the next day again in the Gothic District, which conveniently is right next to the beach
(Look at these nerds)
(CURSE YOU, SEA!)
The last day we went to Els Quatre Gats (and I began writing a meta short story right there and then, which I might post here in the future)
We then ended the day by going to the Picasso Museum and taking some vague, heroic photos
(Pictured here: a fool who thinks he looks cool).
In all seriousness, this was a wonderful trip. I got to see one of my fave buildings in the world, spent a week with my friends, and ate amazing. I can't stress enough how lucky I am to belong to such a great program, that dazzles me every day and lets me be thankful for what I have.
PS: While there, we filmed the pilot for our new sitcom, Pablo & Pablo. Below are two promotional images: