CIEE Barcelona Program: Language & Culture
Semester: Spring 2013
Home School: University of California, Irvine
This last weekend, the Language and Culture (LC) group, after being in Barcelona for 2 weeks, ambitiously decided to expand our horizons. Let’s go to Girona for a day trip, someone suggested. I did not know a thing about Girona, I mean I didn’t know it existed until like 2 days before going, but oddly I felt like I should go because, one, everyone else was going and two, I have this anxious feeling that I should travel as much as I can here (like time is running out). So I jumped on the bandwagon and planned to go to Girona on Saturday. Obviously, the 15 of us could not agree on a time, so we naturally split into two groups, an early bird group, and night owl group (the two groups kind of reflected on our different personalities). I declared I was going on the later 10:50 am train, knowing I was going out the night before and nothing is worse than site seeing while being hung-over and sleep deprived. So my lazy group and I briefly said we will call each other the next day and go from there, planning to not really have a plan.
Its 9:30am Saturday, we should probably leave right now, but of course I do not want to get out of bed and neither do the rest of my group. We make our sleepy calls and say we are leaving at 10am. Another 30 min go by, and again we keep postponing our departure. Anyways, we get up by 11:00 plan to get to the train station before 1:50 for the fast train to Girona. I think we are on time, but surprise surprise, we are late. The already 2 hour late adventure to Girona is postponed by another hour. So to pass the time we get food and drink some of the overpriced wine at the train station. Oddly, the delay just added to our experience, we had a great time laughing at our situation and giggling about how typical our tardiness is.
Next, we explored the Jewish quarters, tried some really grossly sweat and syrupy liquors and a few of us were compiled to buy some expensive souvenirs. We walked through the streets enjoyed the sites and leisurely stumbled upon a restaurant to eat dinner. It was ok in my opinion my meat was a bit sketch, but the ambience was nice, all these Jewish/Spanish looking people. We were planning on making the 8:30 pm train back home and left the restaurant in time, however we decide its time for cookies. And of course, we are late again. After leaving the cookie store we had 15 minutes to make the train and a man we asked on the street said the stations is at least 20 minutes away. So like any motivated American tourist we booked it. We straight sprinted the streets of Girona, got a million harsh looks and annoyed glances, but honestly we had to make the train, none of us wanted to be there for another hour. My shoes are thrashed now, but they are now a symbol of the weekend. We made the train with literally 20 seconds to spare, the ticket guy laughed at us when we said told him can make it. Fooled him. JAJAJ We were all sweating from head to toe, my hair was a mess, we looked like a poorly equipped cross country team. But it was worth it. I would say it was one of the most unplanned, unorganized, and perfect days I have had since coming to Barcelona.
* Want to take a day trip to Girona? Check out details on how to get there and what to see.
*** Girona and Barcelona are both settings for the film Perfume: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0396171/