A Few Hours in Atocha

Well, if anyone has ever told you travel doesn’t never goes as planned, they’re likely correct!  After a delayed/cancelled/rescheduled flight, my mom finally arrived in Madrid just in time for us to head to Atocha station and buy our train tickets for Barcelona.

Originally, we were going to get tickets for the 11 a.m. AVE, but they only had first class left (almost $250/ticket!), so we decided to just hang out at the station for a few hours and catch the 6 p.m.to Barcelona!!

Of course, there’s only so much outside exploring you can do with a suitcase by your side, but we managed to venture out and find a cute restaurant for tortilla sandwiches and sangria, then headed back to Atocha to wait.  Which, if you’ve ever been to Atocha, you’ll know that isn’t the worst place to get stuck.  It’s basically an indoor botanical garden!

After some wandering around, it became apparent that we’d seen pretty much everything there was to see and it was only about 2 p.m. at this point.  We headed down to the platform to go through security and went to find which platform our train would be leaving from.

Along the way, we picked up some pasta to eat while we waited.  Slowly, they started updating departure times, and then it was our train!  I’m not sure what I expected, but I felt kind of like I was heading to Hogwarts on a slightly-less-magical train.

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About 3 hours later, we were being greeted in Catalan and managed to buy Metro passes and navigate our way to our Airbnb in the Glories neighborhood, which, turns out, is pretty much right in the middle of everything you’d ever want to visit in Barcelona.

Our first experience with the city was amazing, our host was so nice and welcoming, and it all made up for the small hiccups in our travel plans, because we made it to Barcelona!!

Stay tuned for posts about the two days we spent exploring Barcelona!

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Thanks for reading! -MK

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