Easter Break was spent in Barcelona, Spain. Our trip to get there was quite an adventure. We had to take a train from Vienna to Bratislava, Slovakia. Then from the Bratislava Train Station we had to take a bus to the Bratislava Airport. We then took a Ryanair flight from Bratislava to Girona, Spain. Then we took a bus from Girona to Barcelona. After about 13 hours of pure traveling we finally arrivedat our hostel HelloBCN.
Our first day in Barcelona was spent on a walking tour of the city. We got to see a bunch of the gothic city and learn about a lot of Barcelona’s history. The second day in Barcelona was spent looking at the famous architecture of Antoni Gaudi. We saw the Casa Mila, Sagrada Familia, and Casa Batllo. We also went to one of his famous parks Park Guell. The architecture was so beautiful and unique. Our last night in Barcelona was spent at a futbol (soccer) game. We watched Futbol Club Barcelona play. They won 2-0 with one goal scored within the first minute and a half. It was an amazing experience. There was a random fan with a huge drum that would just lead the entire crowd in cheers. This one definetly one of my best experiences in Europe so far.
Classes started the next week. We took a march to the National Library in Vienna. This is one of the oldests libraries in Europe. In order to get anything checked out from the library you have to present your diploma, a written letter from someone higher up, and your thesis or dissertation topic. If you were able to get all of these you can look through the books and even get to go into little study rooms that are hidden within the actual bookshelves. The books were so old and the library reminded me of what you see in the movies.
On another day we went to the Karlskirche. It is a famous church in Vienna. We were able to take an elevator and stairs up to the top of the church. It was a bit scary because the stairs kept on shaking, but it was an amazing view.