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My First Trip to Europe—A Recap

Two weeks ago (tear) I visited Spain for the first time for a wedding. This was my first time in Europe, and I made so many incredible memories. 

While the whole trip was great, the airport was probably the worst part, if I’m being honest. I hate the air in airports almost as much as the air in airplanes. I sweat profusely, and I always overpack, so my bags are super heavy… this time was no different. My sister and I both brought an excessive amount of clothing and shoes, so we were lugging those around the airport, while also going through security. It was definitely a moment I’d like to forget! 

The flights weren’t as bad though! We traveled with my cousins and their three kids, all below the age of ten, so it was interesting, to say the least. We had a layover in Ireland (our homeland) on our flights to Barcelona and back home, so that was cute too.

Finally, we arrived at our amazing Airbnb. When I tell you this place was amazing, I mean that it was spectacular. Located in downtown Vilanova, we had the best view and were located right near some great restaurants and shops. 

The bulk of the trip was spent celebrating my cousin’s wedding, which was also so beautiful. The scenery of the ceremony location was breathtaking. It was rustic with some modern touches. They also had a cheese bar and chorizo bites; it really was just perfect! 

While there, we spent a day in Sitges, which is a city in Catalonia. This was my absolute favorite day on the trip, maybe my favorite in my life! The city is located right on the Mediterranean Sea, and the water was pristine. Listen, I’m a Boston girl through and through, so I’ve only ever experienced Cape beaches. Putting my feet in the Mediterranean Sea? Unreal.

Barcelona was also unreal. The city is so dreamy! One thing I loved about Spain was that nobody was ever in a rush to be anywhere. If you went to a coffee shop, you could just sit there with friends for hours on end and relax. This seemed to be the norm in Spain; it was very soothing to see people enjoying their time with friends, not in a rush to be somewhere or do something like in the States. 

Leaving Spain broke my heart, and I really hope to visit again someday. My first trip to this part of Europe really opened my eyes to the world of travel, something I had never really experienced before. I know now why people are captivated by visiting the world and seeing what it has to offer!

Spain, I left a piece of my heart with you! One day, I hope to be sitting in a cafe in Sitges, enjoying the sunshine, with nowhere else to be but right there. What’s my message to you, readers? Keep your mind open to travel and keep dreaming about those fantastic destinations in your heart!


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Olivia Gorman, or Liv as her friends call her, is a sophomore at Boston University. Liv is studying public relations in BU's college of communication. Her favorite things in this world stem anywhere from fashion, to iced coffee, or movies. Liv loves a good laugh, a good book, and a great cheekbone contour. Olivia is from Boston, Massachusetts.
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