I know, I know: I should’ve had this post up like a month ago. But there were so many details that needed to be included… and this week is the first free time I’ve had the time to sit down and just crank it out all in one sitting.
Back in March, I traveled with one of my best friends from the MBA program to Barcelona and Madrid for our spring break. I had been to both cities with my mother over a decade ago, and I couldn’t wait to get back and see how my memories held up. They did: my friend and I had the most absolutely magical time on our trip.
In case you missed it, I wrote about our trip to Barcelona here (every single detail!), but the fact that I hadn’t yet written my Madrid travel guide has been eating at me for forever. But problem solved. So here we go!
Okay, this is way overdue (not to mention I’m posting quite late today). Y’all have been requesting travel guides for Barcelona and Madrid ever since I got back from my trip last month, so my apologies for the tardiness of this post.
To start, we had the most magical time in both cities. But we’re just going to focus on Barcelona for this post. As we were there in the “off season” (winter and spring), the hotel was mad cheap. Like, we stayed at the Hotel Arts for under $300 per night (and they upgraded us when we arrived!). It was pretty baller… albeit a bit on the chilly side a few days.
So let’s just hop right in to my Barcelona Travel Guide, shall we?
Hi friends! In the event that you don’t receive my weekly mailer and have been like “hayyy, where’s Amanda?” lately, I’m sorry ’bout that. I spent the past few days focusing on the start of my new semester of classes (yet, somehow, I’m already behind). And getting used to a life without the daily siesta.
Scratch that last one. I’m literally never going to get used to a life without siestas. They’re the most wonderful part of every day.
Speaking of siestas, these photos were taken in Plaza Mayor, just before we went back for our siestas (hence my sleepy eyes). We spent our second-to-last day of our trip, traipsing around Madrid in our spring-ready sundresses (mine being this midi-length sundress, my friend’s being a mini Lilly dress).
I’m a big fan of the neck scarf. The whole trend. I’m definitely on board that train. So, when I got a few messages from readers asking me how to wear a neck scarf for spring, I was like: yup, I’m doing this. Hence this post.
Neck scarves are best used in slightly chilly weather (65°F and under). Otherwise – and trust me on this – you’ll be schvitzing. I took these photos in Park Güell in Barcelona (one of Gaudi’s most famous architectural spots in the city) on our warmest day in the city (it was still only 65°F). After a 2.5 hour wait to get into the park (my friend bought our tickets for the wrong day so I had to sweet-talk the attendant into giving us complimentary spots for that afternoon instead… and then we went to a bar to kill time, as one does), we were so excited to get in and explore. I had been to Park Güell 11 years ago with my mom, and it was just as impressive/Dr. Seuss-like the second time around. And then we went under the lookout spot and found the most perfect light ever… so we just had to take some photos!
It has been quite the successful first two days of my trip to Spain! Our meals have been perfection. The weather’s been lovely (albeit chilly). I managed to see a friend from college on day one. And, in just two days, we’ve already ticked off a few must-see-Barcelona-items from our list.
Yesterday, I wore these super-fun aqua-colored jeans (aka the comfiest colored jeans of all time) for a full day of jaunting around town. Sure, we started our day at noon because we were a little bit jet-lagged after a rough flight over, but it was still a very full day.