I’m a little late with my post today because I went to bed as soon as I got home from work yesterday! I literally walked in the door, put my pajamas on and crawled directly into bed.
Jet lag over the last couple of days has totally been killing me, but I’m hoping after last night I’m reset!
The one thing I’m kind of worried about is that I’m getting sick. I used hand sanitizer on the trip as often as possible to avoid germs, but my throat is SO scratchy today. I’m crossing my fingers it’s just allergies but you know when you just kind of know you’re getting sick? It’s like that.
I wasn’t really planning to blog about the vacation today, but since I didn’t do anything other than work and sleep yesterday I’ll tell you about our travels from Miami to Barcelona!
We had an overnight flight and left Miami just after 9pm eastern time. After a short layover at London Heathrow we arrived in Barcelona midday on Friday.
While Adam and I never take public transportation in our own city, we’re all about trying it out in other cities. When we touched down at the airport we decided to take an express bus into the city center.
The man at the information desk told us it would only cost 5 euro each and that from the city center we could easily walk or take a cab to our hotel. He suggested walking, even though we had our big luggage, because the weather was nice and the view on the walk was good.
I loved that! I don’t know about the rest of America, but here in South Florida no one ever really suggests walking anywhere. Then again I guess it’s pretty much always really hot here!
A major benefit of taking the express bus was that it had wifi. Adam and I both have t-mobile which offers free international data, but at REALLY slow speeds (2G). We learned last time we were in Europe that Google Maps will not work on 2G (or even 3G) so we pulled up walking directions from the city center to our hotel on the bus and then I took a screenshot of them just in case the app crashed!
We had booked a room at the Hotel Paral*lel which is on a main road just about half a mile from the Port of Barcelona. And right next to a Burger King.
I had forgotten we booked a suite until we checked in. I remember when we were last in London I marveled at how small the hotel rooms were. Our suite at Hotel Paral*lel was about the size of a nice, but regular room in the US. To be fair it also cost about the same as a regular room in the US too. I’m sure I have a picture somewhere, but I can’t find it right now! (I sorted hundreds of photos on the plane half asleep so who knows in which folder I placed it by accident!)
The hotel had a side entrance that I just loved. The narrow, one way streets on hills with mountains in the background just feels so European. I suppose it also feels a bit like San Fran too, except in California they don’t hang their laundry off their balconies!
We spent time walking around the city, enjoying its food and then we fell asleep quite early in preparation for the next day … boarding our ship, Vision of the Seas!
Even though Adam works for Royal Caribbean, we didn’t book this trip using his employee discount. When you do that you have to wait to the last minute to find out if you can even get on the ship or not (if regular customers book up all the rooms you get bumped). When we’re cruising out of Fort Lauderdale that isn’t a big deal, but since we needed to book airline tickets we paid full price to secure a room.
We actually took a gamble and paid the lowest possible price, which guarantees you a room but not a type of room. Using this method you could end up with a small, windowless room on a low deck away from the action – or you could end up with a really nice balcony room or even a suite. They basically place you in the best possible room available after all of the pre-selected rooms are booked.
Unfortunately for us we ended up in a small, windowless room on deck 2. Ah well, we didn’t spend a lot of time in the cabin anyway!
^ That was our home base for the week! I would only suggest staying in a small, interior room with someone you really love because you will be in quite close quarters all the time.
I couldn’t have shared a room like that with anyone else!
Have you been on a cruise? Where did you go?