It’s been about three weeks since I’ve spent the entire weekend actually in Barcelona, so I took advantage and tried some new things in the city. I made it down to Barceloneta (a neighborhood down by the beach known for its clubs and younger crowd) and tried the ice bar, “Ice-Barcelona”, which was awesome, and I ended up bar tending for a portion of the night!
On Friday, our university took us on a trip to visit Montserrat, a mountain range inland from Barcelona, where we hiked around the paths and learned about the area’s history. And coincidentally, myself and the other guy in my group from USF ran into someone from our school on the mountain who’s studying abroad in Madrid. It’s amazing how small the world is.
After touring Monserrat, we hoped on our bus and visited Codorniu, a winery founded in 1551 known mostly for their cava (sparkling wine/champagne). I felt like I was back in napa- the vineyard was beautiful and the property was surround by mountains. We were taken on a tour and tasting, and saw all of the underground cellars, and production areas. It was pretty amazing seeing some of the caves and tunnels that were dug out over a hundred years ago, and how the rooms changed with the decades they were built in. On the tour, I also learned that the company has a vineyard in Napa as well, in addition to the few here in Spain.