It is about time to give you all a quick update. The past two months were pretty busy and some things have changed in my life. Fortunately my exams went well and I got a job! Pretty exciting stuff.
That being said, no summer is complete without a proper holiday. Last week I spent some time with friends and family in Spain. More precisely in Salou, a small coastal town in the province of Tarragona, Catalonia. It's a family-oriented place my friend Marc and I discovered a couple of years ago, when we first went to PortAventura a big Theme Park there. We used to go camping there and now have rented a small house on the camping ground Sanguli Salou. If you are looking for an affordable, calm and sunny vacation, I couldn't recommend it more. Sanguli has a great infrastructure, very friendly staff and a broad variety of options for you to stay. Salou itself is a bit more on the touristy side for my taste, but it's still very enjoyable. Prices for beach chairs are more than reasonable, there are kilometers of beautiful beach and the food is authentic and delicious (if you know where to go). PortAventura is a multi-park resort with great rollercoasters and theming, which is partly owed to Universal because they owned the resort for some time between 1999 and 2004. Some of the rides unfortunately offer a pretty rough experience which is probably due to lack of maintenance. If you are a fan of thrill rides I would still recommend going there, the Park has great opening hours (until midnight during summer) and is best when visited in the evening because of the heat during the day and overall better atmosphere. Shambhala their B&M Hyper Coaster is next to Taron in Phantasialand Germany probably the best coaster in Europe.
On a cloudy day, we decided to visit Barcelona. I could write pages and pages about how much I like this city. A free spirited place with great inhabitants, art wherever you look and fantastic climate. It's very easy to understand why Woody Allen dedicated a whole movie to this place. For practical reasons my girlfriend Nathalie and I took a bus and tried to see as much of the city as possible since she was there for the first time. We visited the Marina, Sagrada Familia, walked through Park Güell (a must for Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona/Woody Allen Fans) and strolled down La Rambla.
It was shocking to bare in mind what happened there just a few weeks ago. Walking down the pedestrian zone in La Rambla and thinking about what other people must have gone through right there made us very sad. There were hundreds of candles around a monument. Seeing the pictures and reading the names of the victims was heartbreaking. How pointless it is to take someones live like that.
On the other hand I enjoyed how the pedestrian zone was full of people once again. Police officers were present, very friendly and answering questions. A city like Barcelona is not going to be intimidated with such means. And that's great.
I really enjoyed this vacation, especially because of the people who were there with me.
Many things said. Here are some pictures of Salou, PortAventura and Barcelona. These pictures have more of a "point-and-shoot" character.
Enjoy your weekend,