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  • This story is from a series my study abroad experience in Barcelona, Spain

    I began the day with a quick look out my window into the rainy courtyard in the center of the block/complex. I prepared my stuff for the day and threw in my small camera because it was cold and rainy. I skipped breakfast and headed out to meet the subway at Avinguda del Tibidabo.

    For a kid who spent his life in a rural setting, relying on cars all of my life, the metro was quite the exhilarating experience. The closest thing to a train that I had been on would be the train at the Denver airport.

    The train was very simple to find and use and was completely empty at 9:15 in the morning. I told Nile we would meet up at the train but we ended up meeting at the Pl. Catalunya in the city center instead.

    The train was very interesting and offered a great chance for a photo since I have a fascination with train stations (architecturally, train stations are like churches in that they cover time, styles, and engineering feats). I took the subway from the end of the line (Av Tibidabo, my station) to the other end, Pl. Catalunya (my stop) and met up with Nile. We then managed to get lost among the city streets until we got out of the rain at the CIEE study center on Passatge Permanyer. The walk was one that we were a little worried about, considering we did a great job getting lost the days prior.

    The subway was on my mind the whole morning, and the simplicity and mundane characteristics only seemed to make the experience better. Between the bus and the L7 Metro line, I think the bus can wait 'til I get back home where there is no subway to enjoy.
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