Hi friends! Its been a hot second! The month of August just went by so insanely fast, but like they say time flies when you're having fun. The month started off with Brandon and I actually closing on a house! Its so insane being able to say you're a HOME OWNER. Growing up I never actually lived in a house/apartment longer than a few years so I'am just incredibly thankful that God gave us this opportunity. As of now I'm slowly getting the house decorated room by room. It's really starting to feel like a home! I can't wait to host holiday parties and family get togethers! It took both Brandon and I awhile to realize that this is our house, it just didn't even seem real at first. As I look into one of our spare bedrooms I can't help but think how crazy it is that our future little one will occupy that space. I'm very excited to see what this home of ours has in store for us. Once I get the house the way I want it to look I would love to share pictures of the interiors! But for now here is a picture of the outside :)
Only two weeks after moving in to our new house Brandon and I went on a trip to Spain with a few friends! I had never been but being of Spanish decent I was very excited to visit the mother land! It had been a little over a year since our last major vacation so I was looking forward to the trip very much. For only being there ten full days we managed to see quite a bit of Spain. First we spent a few days in Madrid, the capital of Spain. We did a bit of sight seeing, went to the Prado, shopped the flea market, and tried paella for the first time. One thing we noticed as soon as we got to Spain is how quiet the streets were along with a lot of the shops being close. Ultimately we found out that much of the business owners actually go on holiday in the month of August to escape the heat (which coming from Texas I thought the weather was quite decent haha). So although it wasn't as busy with people it was kind of a bummer that a lot of the shops were closed. So maybe if you like to do a lot of shopping while travelling I would refrain from visiting around that time. That obviously didn't stop us from enjoying ourselves since there was always something to see!
Next we took the train to the popular Catalonian city that is Barcelona. I was so excited to go mainly because of the beach but also because I could finally see some of Gaudí's work in person! Our AirBnB was located literally a block away from La Sagrada Familia. I had such a great time in Barcelona and the food was amazing. Theres lots to do and see in Barcelona so I highly recommend spending as much time as you can here. Along with the Sagrada Familia we also went to Park Güell. The architecture and that kind of eye for creativity is just amazing. To be honest I wasn't really sure what to expect of the beach, I was thinking maybe it would just be so-so since it is more of a city beach but I actually thought it was quite lovely! We had some drinks at a cabana over looking the meditteranean and got in that salty water. It was soooo nice! On another day Brandon and I actually went on a 40 minute boat ride out into the sea. It was seriously so dreamy and relaxing.
Once again we took the train this time heading towards Valencia, another coastal town in Spain. That particular train ride was really nice because you rode past the Mediterranean for a majority of the trip (which is about 3 1/2 hours long). When we arrived to our AirBnB in Valencia we were MORE than excited. It was by far the best AirBnB we stayed at the whole trip. It was located in a super cute, trendy part of town called Russafa. Not too mention our host was super lovely and had tons of great tips for us while on our stay. Of course being in a coastal town we hit the beach up quite a few times. Did you know Valencia also happens to be the birth place of paella? I knew I HAD to grab some while I was there knowing that so we went to one of the recommend restaurants called Casa Navarro. At Casa Navarro you don't order individual plates but rather one type of paella they bring for the whole table. IT WAS HUGE. We also checked out the Mercat Central which consisted of fresh foods of all sorts! Even though we obviously didn't take a fresh batch of tuna with us it was cool just to walk around and check out all the different vendors.
On one of the last days we decided to take a day trip to a town about an hour outside of Valencia called Xàtiva. We read how there was a castle there so we thought it would be a neat thing to see. I fell in love with that little town! We started at the very bottom of the town and made our way up all the way to the castle that looked over all of Xàtiva. I'm not quite sure how much walking we did but it was A LOT but so worth it. The closer you got towards the castle the older the town seemed to get in a really lovely way. I loved the little narrow streets and the walls that were either vibrant in color or had a distressed look about them that seemed fashionable but was sincere. It was definitely such a great and memorable way to end our trip! On our last day in Spain we went back to Madrid and of course my husband being an avid soccer fan wanted to see a game which was ironically Madrid vs. Valencia.
To me one of the most important things in life is to travel. There is so much out there to see, so many different cultures to experience, and so much love to share. Have you been to Spain? What was your experience like? Where is your next trip to? Comment below! I would love to know!