It was a Tuesday afternoon in Barcelona and I was all set to watch my Netflix. When I opened my bedroom curtains, the sun was shining so bright. It was a beautiful, blue sky day and I didn’t want it to go to waste. Instead of being lazy, I decided to get some exercise. I shut my computer, put on my Toms, and grabbed my iPod and a book. I was off to explore.
My first site that I came upon was the Arc de Triomf. On my way to class I pass by it, but never stop to look at it. I made my way through Passeig de Lluís Companys. This is a long promenade between rows of palm trees. A few street performers were blowing massive bubbles and rolling around in giant hula hoops.
Eventually, I made my way into the Parc de la Ciutadella. This is somewhere I had never been. There were so many people on this beautiful day. People were reading on benches, running for exercise, and kids were playing on the playground.
On my walk through the park, I passed a museum of zoology, playgrounds, and art pieces. My favorite part of the park that I found was the fountain. The sound of the water and kids playing made me feel so peaceful.
For more exercise, I climbed to the top of the fountain. There were a lot of stairs. That’s when I started to sweat. The water and the rest of the park was so pretty on top of the fountain.
After I climbed back down, this is where I decided to stop. I found a bench near the fountain. Then, I brought out my Lea Michele book that I packed. After a while, I had to head to class.
At the end of the day, I ended up walking around 3.5 miles. That may not seem like a lot. If I did that every day instead of watching Netflix, I could see a lot of improvement. Now that I know that there is still so much more in Barcelona that I haven’t seen, I am going to take walks more often.
If I would have stayed in my apartment and watched New Girl, I never would have seen this part of the city. It is important to get out of your comfort zone and try something new. I enjoyed going by myself and having some alone time.