BARCELONA, Spain – Freshman midfielder Erin Brown has enjoyed her time in Spain and gives today’s entry on the first day in Barcelona.
Hello everyone. It’s Thursday and we are in the lovely city of Barcelona. The trip has been amazing and it just keeps getting better.
This morning, Whitney and I woke up and went for a run through the city. It was cool to see how many people ride vespas and bikes, instead of driving cars like we do in the states. We came back from our run and had a delicious breakfast in our hotel, Hotel Astoria.
At 11 a.m., we all met up for a six-mile tour through the city of Barcelona. Our tour guide was great, telling the history of Barcelona and how it had changed through the industrial revolution. He said that soccer was a result of the revolution, when the English brought it over. It spread like wildfire and now is the most popular sport here in Spain by far.
He also told us about the Old Town of Barcelona and how there were narrow streets to defend the city from pirates, but the revolution destroyed the old town causing them to build new ones with larger streets.
The tour was very interesting in seeing all of the different architectures and how they are still so well preserved. When the tour was over, our group split up and half of us went shopping while the other half went back to the hotel.
The shopping here in Spain is fantastic with pretty good prices (excluding Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana). We went into a store called Blanco where I purchased a very cute dress and hat!
Along a few streets we saw some protestors from some of Spain's labor unions. They had organized a string of demonstrations across the country today against the labor reforms of their government. We tried to stay out of their way as it was contained to a few blocks in downtown.
By this time, we were all starving and found this Mediterranean restaurant called El Raco on the way back to the hotel. This restaurant had the best pizza and desserts! I got a pepperoni pizza and shared fruit with chocolate sauce with Ashley for dessert.
After we ate, we walked back to the hotel where we got our bathing suits on and went up to the top floor where the pool was. By the time we got to the rooftop, the other half of our team was already laying outside by the pool, soaking up the sun!
We stayed outside for a couple of hours before finally heading to our rooms for a nap before dinner. We ate dinner right around the corner from our hotel and it was a delicious meal.
We are now back in the lobby of the hotel (the only place with WIFI) to catch up with our lives back at home. Today was such a good day…or just another day in Spain. I really don’t want it to be over.
Awaiting us tomorrow is a chance to see FC Barcelona's Camp Nou Stadium! Goodnight and Adios!Don't forget to check out photos from women's soccer's trip to Spain at Facebook.com/wvuwomenssoccer and be sure to click the "Like" button while you are there.