After a long week of traveling we decided ending with a beach day would be a good idea. We walked with all of our luggage to the Olympic beach after checking out of the hostel. The Olympic beach was a very active beach we had heard a lot about. There were countless sand volleyball courts, fitness courses, and racquetball all on the beach. When we were there, they had a huge Marcat sand volleyball tournament going on. This was fun to watch, the crowd was going wild over each point! There were about 10 courts with matches going on, half girls and half guys. There were also plenty of people walking up and down the beach trying to sell you all kinds of things from dresses to drinks. The beach was so pretty and the water was really clear. I enjoyed this day of relaxing beach time.
There were some things about beaches in the states and Barcelona's beaches that were different. We didn't know until we walked up that Barcelona's beaches are nude beaches! This was quite a surprise, but we were also surprised that even though people were just in their birthday suits, it wasn't in a sexual way. It was normal and natural in their culture. Even the children were running around without swim suits on, playing in the water without a care. It was really surprising and different how open and accepting of each other they were.
After leaving the beach, we had to head to the airport; our time in Barcelona was coming to an end. Barcelona is the first city that I have completely loved. I will most definitely come back. I thoroughly enjoyed how different each of the regions of the city were. You had a beach, countryside, gothic region, china town, industrialized area, and so much more all within a 20 minute walk. The city had so much to offer. I would love to teach and live for a year or two in a city like this.
When we landed in Liverpool we were back to windy and cold! It was only 52 degrees outside and raining, a stark contrast to our day at the beach on the Mediterranean. We definitely weren't in Barcelona anymore! It was nice to unpack, do some laundry, and sleep in my own room!