52 Middlesex students recently visited two of the most beautiful and vibrant cities of Europe: Barcelona and Madrid!
"The adventure in Barcelona started the moment ; the bus left the BCN airport. We started off with lunch at a Spanish restaurant and had a paella, a traditional and famous seafood dish. Many of us had a dream come true the very same night: not only did we visit the Camp Nou, we watched the FC Barcelona vs Athletico Bilbao match and saw the best world players in action!
We stayed near the beautiful port, in the area called Barrio Gotico, shopped at the famous La Rambla, Barcelona’s popular and notorious shopping district. We saw also visited Parc de Montjuïc, a hill from which we could see spectacular panoramic views and the night lights of the city. Of course, we saw most amazing structures, modern and old, as well as the City’s most fascinating landmarks: the La Sagrada Familia, a cathedral designed by the renowned and most peculiar and talented architect and developers of his time, Gaudi. The cathedral is being built for more than a 100 years and many areas of this incredible structure is still under construction.
The next day took us to Monistrol de Montserrat, a mountain with a monastery and a beautifully designed Benedictine Abbey on the top, where the miraculous black statue of Virgin of Montserrat is displayed for the worshipers and tourists.
On the way to Madrid we stopped for lunch at the main cobbled street and town square at a historical and picturesque town of Zaragoza.
La Pacheca Tablao Flamenco welcomed us for dinner and an exotic flamenco show. Everybody was in awe of the foot stamping, and impressive dancing skills we saw, accompanied with the live band and traditional songs. Wonderful way to end the day!
The next day we visited Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, the official stadium of another world famous football team - Real Madrid, as well as the Royal Palace of Madrid, a great art treat to many. It has been a beautiful home to the Spanish Royal Family for centuries, with ancient architecture and wonderfully preserved stunning original interiors. We ended this lovely, sunny day with a shopping spree in Puerta De Sol, a shopping district in Madrid, where street stalls and delightful shops awaited.
We ended the night with dinner again, and began to pack for our journey back home.
Spain was a peculiar place; the new was mixed with the old, the rich and the poor, this place had an uncanny knack for maintaining it’s rich history but with the right engagement and adoption of modern trends. It is a country that had not failed to keep up with modern times, yet held strongly to their roots.
This trip was the trip of a lifetime and everybody realized this as the plane took off from the Madrid’s tarmac and made its smooth way home! "
Written by Ms. Sapna Arora, a student studying Second year Business Management at Middlesex University Dubai.