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Goodvibes from Ibiza

Ibiza Island, Spain

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April 10th– April 12th

Friday, April 10th

This was our last weekend traveling out of Barcelona. Everyone on the trip was starting to feel the same way about leaving for another weekend. It is tiring. Traveling is slowly becoming less and less exciting. It is our last weekend traveling out of Barcelona. The airplanes, the buses, checking into a hotel, it all wears you out after a while. This weekend was different. There were not a lot sightseeing or tours. It was all about relaxing by the water with your friends.

Ibiza is known to be crazy island. A few months ago my friends and I booked a trip through Goodvibes that included free access to new clubs, transportation, and hotel accommodations. It was all worth it. Screen Shot 2015-04-14 at 10.34.39 PM

The flight was only 45 minutes long. Not only was it short, it was very calm. Once we landed, we took a short taxi to the hotel to find a massive line of study abroad students waiting to check in. The hotel staff was very inefficient. It took us two hours to check in.

Everyone on this trip was study abroad students from around Europe. I recognized a lot of kids from my classes. We traveled with a large group of friends. That made the trip even better.

The first day there was a party by the pool. Unfortunately, it was too cold for any to jump in the water. It was nice to socialize with other students and listen to the DJ that was provided.

When it came to go out, everyone was excited. It was one of my good friend’s 21st birthday. She had a blast. Goodvibes provided us with buses to the club. When I stepped inside, I was in awe. It was the coolest club I had ever been to. The club was only for student abroad students on the trip. This was nice to have everyone your age in one place.

In the center of the club was round dance floor caving into the ground. Everyone was in a huge circle dancing on the steps. The DJ was amazing. He played all American music that we recognized. There was even a live saxophone player. Above the dance floor was a round stage where people would dance. Everyone was having the best time. At 5am, the buses came around to pick everyone back up.

 

Saturday, April 11th

The boats that Goodvibes provided were leaving at 12:30pm. Today, a five hour long boat party was planned for the students. All of our friends got on the same huge boat. For the first 15 minutes, it was awful. The boat was rocking back and forth. The water was very rough. Nobody was feeling very well. People began getting sick over the side of the boat. It was not a pretty sight. 11117839_10205967918459898_1342731993_n

Once we were farther out in the ocean, the rocking stopped. Luckily, the DJ put everyone in a better mood.

The boat ride ended at 5pm.  That night, the package took us to another club called Pacha. Ibiza is known for this club. It was the opening night and anyone was welcome. It was the biggest club I have ever seen. There were so many different areas, we didn’t get to see them all. The club was filled with people.

 

Sunday, April 12th

Check out was at 11am. The line was long so we went for breakfast instead of eating. Ibiza didn’t have any restaurants that served American breakfast food so we settled for pizza.

There were only two flight going to Barcelona that day. One was at 8am and the other at 6pm. In other words, everyone on our 6pm flight were study abroad students. Nobody wanted to wake up that early.

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Ibiza was a crazy island. It was one of the best weekends I had. It was nice to have no worries for the weekend.

If you are going to Ibiza, I would recommended booking it through Goodvibes. For the price we paid, a lot was included. It was all worth it.

A Week in Italia

Spending eleven days away from Barcelona was tough. Barcelona has become my home and being away for that long felt wrong. However, I knew spending a little over a week with my best friends touring Italy wouldn’t be so bad.

Our first stop was Cinque Terre, Italy. Stepping out of the train station, I knew this would be a great place to spend three days. My favorite place to be is laying on a beach. Cinque Terre was a perfect fit for me. It is simply a small beach town. IMG_4783

After dropping off our bags our cute hostel, we went to a restaurant overlooking the ocean. We ordered pasta and cocktails to get the trip started. The rest of the day was spent laying on the beach till the sun went down.

The next morning, we took an ambitious hike to the next town. Cinque Terre is comprised of five small villages. We only made traveled to one. It wasn’t easy. Along the way, we met two friends who were struggling just as hard. An hour and half later, we all made to Vernazza. The town was crowded with tourists and gelato. We ate more pasta and shopped at the souvenir stores. As the sun went down, my friends and I watched the waves hit the rocks.

Sunday morning and it was time to leave Cinque Terre. Honestly, I was sad to leave this beautiful beach town. The warm weather and sandy streets made it difficult to leave.

The train to Florence was long. Once arriving, I would be crashing with my friend’s cousin’s hardwood floor for the next three nights. IMG_4885

On Tuesday morning, this made the day trip to Venice difficult. I was exhausted. We took an early morning, fast train to Venice and caught a ferry to Burano. Unfortunately, we got on the wrong ferry. It took us 2 hours to arrive in Burano. It was worth it. The blue skies and colorful houses made for incredible pictures. After, we took another ferry and wondered the streets of Venice. We made great use of the short time we had. Later that day, we took a train back to Florence.11150443_10205935637452893_7661687077666655396_n

Another early morning train ride and off to Rome! We checked into our hostel. The weather in Rome was very warm. I was not expecting this and packed jeans for the day. The first thing we did was meet our friend from school. She is studying abroad in Rome and was excited to show us the city. We visited the Colosseum, Spanish Steps, and the Trevi Fountain. Unfortunately, we found out the Trevi Fountain would be under construction for the next two years. This was disappointing.

Thursday, we only had time to see the Vatican before leaving once again. The line to enter the church took us over an hour. That night, we met at the train station for the Bus2Alps Tour. This was a weekend long tour that we had signed up for a few weeks earlier. The bus picked up all the kids at the train station and took us to Sorrento, Italy. 

In the morning, the tour had us wake up early. Everyone hopped on a ferry that took us to smaller boat. The boat took us around the entire island of Capri. It was a beautiful day. First, we took even smaller boats inside the Blue Grotto. At the end, the boat dropped us off on Capri Island. Here, we traveled to the top to eat lunch and try Limoncello. Capri is known to grow the best, fresh lemons. It was delicious.

My favorite part of the island was the chairlift. It was a single chair for one person that took you to the tallest part of capri. It was very relaxing to be by yourself. The views of the ocean were incredible.

The next two days were not as exciting. Unfortunately, the weather was terrible. It thunder-stormed the entire time. We spent the next two days huddled in pizza shops and trying to stay dry.

When Monday came around, we were ready to get back to the nice weather in Barcelona. The trip was long but beautiful.

If you only have a short time in Italy, here are a few recommendations

My favorite places:

  • Cinque Terre
  • Burano
  • Capri

My favorite things:

  • Hiking
  • Blue Grotto
  • Chairlift

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Birthday in Barca

March 16th

In the United States, turning 21 is suppose to be the biggest birthday you’ve ever had. Finally, you are legal to have your first drink of alcohol and get into any bar you want. You want to make sure it is epic. Even though I would be celebrating my 21st birthday in Barcelona and I am already technically legal, I wanted it to be just as epic. My friends made sure to make it the best birthday. They definitely succeeded.

My alarm was set for 6am. My best friend, Lillie was flying in from Chicago to help me celebrate. I’ve missed her so much. This was already a great birthday present. She arrived at my apartment and I couldn’t have been happier. It was early but I had no desire to sleep anymore. We talked on our balcony until I had class. My other roommates surprised me with candy from Happy Pills. 

Luckily, my first two classes let us out early. Lillie met me on La Rambla for a birthday lunch. She was pleased with her first meal of tapas. I was so excited to show her my new city. After lunch, we went shopping in the area. Lillie bought a few souvenirs from street vendors. We made sure to stop by Pull & Bear and H&M. We also visited the biggest supermarket, Boqueria on La Rambla for treats. Lillie loves chocolate and any time of sweets, just like me. One more class and it was back to the apartment to get ready for the night.

My three roommates had already got the music started. “Kara’s 21st” Playlist was blasting the room and everyone was singing to me. The night started with all of my best friends and eating dinner at CDLC along the beach. Everyone loved the elegant atmosphere. After dinner, we met more of my friends at The Room. My new friends from Valencia made sure to stop by. A club promoter in the area set us up with a table and free drinks for the whole night. It was so nice to have all of my new and old friends all in one place.

Around midnight, everyone made their way over to the club, Shoko. The promoter provided us with bottle service, VIP, and sparklers for all of my friends. Everyone loved it. Ending the night at Opium, we danced and were lucky enough to receive another VIP table. It was the perfect night.

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So, even though I wasn’t in the states, it was the best birthday I have ever had. With a great group of friends, the location hardly matters. If you are celebrating your birthday in Barcelona, I have a few tips!

  • Contact a club promotor
    • You can do this via Facebook. Add them as friends and send one a message. They are happy to help!
  • Have a nice dinner with your closed pals
    • CDLC was a great choice for dinner. It was perfect with the amount of people I invited so it wasn’t too overwhelming.
  • Have no worries!
    • This is your day! Make the most of it by letting lose and having a great time.