Mahalakshmi Venkatesh
Thanks to my inability to speak Spanish, it took me 3 hours to reach Hola Hostel. It now really worried me that I wouldn't visit half as many places as I had on my list. So immediately after check in, off I went. It was 8pm and I was out for a stroll, all set to explore the streets of Barcelona. The La Sargada Familia was in close proximity to the hostel. From what I had read on the internet, the construction of this Roman Catholic Church commenced way back in 1882. After 120 years, it is still incomplete, due to the untimely death of the man responsible for the style of architecture adopted for its establishment. Antony Gaudi, was the promising architect who inspired the Gaudi architecture. Sadly, his death in a car accident, lead to the Government taking responsibility of the La Sargada Familia. Further, due to civil wars and the lack of funds in Spain, completion of the project has been deemed impossible, anytime in the near future. Its interiors were strikingly beautiful. But due to the ongoing sermon, I thought it was best to keep my camera at bay.The same Cathedral whose exteriors did not impress me much the previous night, had me awestruck in the morning. I just couldn't take my eyes off its magnificent golden spires, as I walked towards Parc Guell, the following day.
Mahalakshmi Venkatesh
I woke up to the sound of raindrops pattering against my window. It was just 5am, still. This is the problem with Spring. The weather in Europe can get quite damp and wet, without any warning. I sat on my bunk praying fervently to the rain Gods, until I got hungry. Hola hostel was a bed and breakfast. Surprisingly, the breakfast was quite elaborate for the 17 euros that I paid per night. Even the beds were quite comfortable. I had slept soundly on them, during my 3 nights in Barcelona.Also, the rain Gods didn't take too long to answer my plea. I saw the skies clearing, as I made my way to the beach that morning.