Last Stop Month 1 – Barcelona! and a Rap (-Up)

After a long ride in my Blablacar lasting seven hours (have I ever mentioned how WIDE Spain is!?), I finally arrived into Barcelona late at night. The driver, a really nice German surfer, was even kind enough to drop me off in front of my hostel. I fell asleep as soon I lay down in my bed.

Now you’re going to notice something about this post, namely that there are pretty much no photos accompanying it! Since I had visited Barcelona before on my last Spain trip, I didn’t feel the need to be a tourist and go around all the attractions. Although I’m sure there were still plenty I didn’t get to see on my last visit. Sangrada Familia was also awesome enough that I considered re-visiting it.

Instead I decided to have a break from being a tourist and spent the morning doing some much needed skyping, before heading out to a beach in Sitges recommended to me by a local. The beach wasn’t actually very impressive I thought, so I didn’t even take any photos! Arrogant I know. I just relaxed instead in the sunlight with a fro-yo. That night I watched the Space Jam movie with the rest of my hostel before an early-ish night.

This marked my last day in Spain.

Where I stayed: Sant Jordi Gracia
Price: €9 in a 6 bed room!
Overall: Great hostel especially for the low price! The hostel was very modern and clean with a bicycle theme. Staff were great and I will definitely stay again on my next Barcelona visit.

 


Roundup Month 1


 

Over the month I had been to so many places within three countries. I have definitely found the key to better travelling is to not rush things and checking out smaller towns. I did end up rushing the last part across North Spain with spending so much time (a whole six nights) in Sevilla. But hey sometimes you have to just live in the moment. I did love Sevilla at the the time and don’t regret extra nights there.
      • Countries visited: Spain, Morocco and Portugal
  • Number of places visited: 18 over 35 days
  • Favourite country verdict: Portugal
  • Favourite stop: Lagos
  • Best hostel: Lisbon Lounge Hostel
  • Best moment: Listening to the wailing of the mosques from the rooftop of my Fez hostel while watching the sun set, and realising I really was in a whole different culture on the other side of the world.
  • Worst moment: Waking up on a train to a Moroccan man with his hand on my thigh (ew!)
  • Budget overall: nz$3590 / £1841 / €2261
    • Flights – nz$274 / €172
      flights x2 – UK ->Spain and Morocco -> Spain
    • Transport – nz$312 / €196
      Really roughly done from memory, but this is all my trains, buses, blablacars and ferry. This figure works out much better than what my estimated railpass costs would have been considering my railpass wouldn’t have been valid within Morocco, cost something like $700 for just 10 days (so I would have only used 5 days for the first month which is $350 worth) not including the extra reservation fees on top for each train. I actually had 14 ‘travel days’ in total during this whole month. There are other options for other types of railpass of course like the unlimited days one which is priced at something like $1700 for  couple of months. I still like my actual travel cost using mainly buses much better.
    • Accommodation – nz$823 / €519
      Works out to an average of nz$23 / €15 a night
    • The rest on fun stuff, food and miscellaneous – nz$2181 / €1374
      Including fun things like my scuba diving (€70), the Alhambra Place in Grananda (€13), my guided Sintra day tour (€45), any meals I ate out in restaurants would usually average in price of €10, shopping for spanish boots (€35), miscellaneous costs like metro tickets, foreign transaction fees…….. etc etc it all adds up rather fast.
  • Favourite photo:

A horse I found atop a cliff in Lagos, Portugal
And that promised rap:
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2 thoughts on “Last Stop Month 1 – Barcelona! and a Rap (-Up)

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