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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Travel Break Chronicles {Part 1}

Briefly mentioned in this post…I think it’s finally time to write the recap, FOUR months later.

Just a heads up, crazy long travel saga to begin now…

Our teachers gave us a week off from school and since we were in Israel, we figured why not go to Europe, right? I'm still flabbergasted by the fact that we were able to travel to Europe over Thanksgiving break. WHO DOES THAT?! #sosoblessed.

All the IBEXers split into groups and made plans to travel all over Europe. We had groups travel to Spain, Italy, France, Greece, Ireland, Switzerland, and the UK! There were 6 of us in the "cruise group." Our plan was to fly to Barcelona, board our 5 day cruise, and end the trip back in Barcelona.

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With passport in hand, eyes half asleep, and five fabulous fellow traveler friends, we began our travel break to Barcelona.
2am waiting for the Nesher taxi to take us to the airport.

  After a 4 hour flight, we landed in Barcelona and made our way into the city. I fell in love the minute I laid eyes on those buildings. The statues, the arched windows, the balconies…a feast for the eyes I tell ya.
After wandering around the city with luggage in toe, getting stared at and lost, we finally made it to our flat (two hours late, HA).
Intersting fact: The Cheetah Girls was filmed here!
It was located on the most amazing//charming//quaintest//prettiest //almostfamous street called Passeig del Born. Miguel, the owner, was just the nicest as they come, so gracious and welcoming. The little flat was charming and that balcony was icing on the cake.
On our first day, we wandered along the port, ate lunch seaside, stumbled upon a flee market, climbed lion statues, and took in the city lights.
The next day we hit the tourist spots. Barcelona is famous for its Gaudi architecture.
Gaudi design is like a building from a Dr. Suess book coming to life.

Cathedral de la Familia. Another Gaudi work of art.
The great thing about Barcelona is that you can walk to lot of places and it never gets boring because everything is so pretty.
Later than afternoon, we boarded our cruise!

Throughout our trip, I was continually reminded of God's abundant grace toward us. Who are we college kids to be privileged enough to explore Europe for a week? He has given us more than we could ever deserve and lavishes His grace upon us through His Son and even down to the smallest of details.

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