Friday, February 11, 2011

Where do I even start!?

Barcelona-- tourist-centered town as it is-- is a fantastic vacation location for those seeking an alternative to the revolution-riddled destination they had originally planned. The Mister and I just got back into the Kingdom about 12 hours ago, and we couldn't be more satisfied with the way our vacation turned out. We have so much to share, so we're going to take a few posts away from our typical life-in-Saudi-Arabia fare and tell you about the week we had.

As I mentioned before we left, we found an apartment in El Raval that turned out to be the perfect location for our purposes. El Raval is a part of Barcelona that used to be pretty seedy but it's enjoyed a recent face-lift, and some of the riff-raff are relocating to other parts of the city. The apartment was no more than a 10 minute walk from just about all the sights that make Barcelona so famous, so we saved money by not needing the Metro or taxis. Plus we felt like we were living in Spain when we by-passed the hotels and hostels and unlocked an apartment door instead.

Here are a few shots of our home-away-from-home-away-from-home:

It was a studio apartment, which basically means it was one big room. So this is a shot taken from the "bedroom" into the kitchen.

A shot from the kitchen into the "dining room." Notice the bed is right behind me.

The apartment was at the top of 3 flights of very steep stairs. We certainly worked off all those tapas calories getting home each night!

But without all those stairs, we wouldn't have an awesome balcony like this one!

The bedroom. The bed was super comfortable.

Our thanks to Kim (the owner) and airbnb for helping us snag this chance to live like a local for a week in Barcelona!

Vicariously yours,

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