Travel Diary: Spain

Hello folks!

How is everyone doing?

If you guys didn’t see my Instagram posts, for the past week, I’ve been in Spain! I travelled to Madrid for 2 nights and then to Barcelona for another 3 nights.

I’ll tell you what I did day by day so keep reading this if you wanna listen to my adventure! – ps. I almost got mugged.

Day 1 – Madrid

The first day I got to Madrid, I didn’t do much because I wanted to have a chill day. When I got there, I checked into my hotel B&B hotels near Gran Via and went out to shop at Gran Via. High street bands such as Zara, Bershka, Pull & Bear, Massimo Dutti and Stradivarius are all Spanish brands. So all the prices are cheaper than a lot of countries. If any of you are planning to visit, get your money ready because you’ll be shopping a lot of clothing!

If any of you are planning to visit Madrid, one of your must see places are Gran Via, Peurto de Sol, and Plaza Mayor. They’re all close to each other so I was able to walk through all of them on the first day. Gran Via has a lot of shops and high street brands – it’s basically an area to be and stay at.

Dress from YesStyle.com
Bag from Louis Vuitton
FlipFlops from Havaianas

I wanted to go with a very simple outfit for the first day since I’m travelling and everything. This is an easy going and comfortable outfit. Nothing better than walking in flip flops!

For dinner, I had some tapas at a restaurant I saw around Gran Via. It was super authentic and delicious – pictures will be in my video that’s coming soon!

Day 2 – Madrid

On my second day, I wanted to do something adventurous and fun – but at the same time, sightsee. So I searched up for some tours online and found a one hour segway tour for only €39/person. I was able to visit around 11 places in an hour on a segway! It was such a fun adventure, at the end of the tour I got to go to the famous food market Mercado de San Miguel. This market is a must-go! All the food were so cheap and seafood was super super fresh!

After the market, I went back to the hotel for a rest and went back out to walk to El Retiro Park. When I was on the way, a girl almost pickpocket me. I was walking with my bag on the side and then a girl walked by me and put her hands in my bag. I saw it on time and was like “what are you doing?”. She pretended like she didn’t do anything and speeded up forward with her boyfriend. They both walked back so I b*tch stared her so hard LOL. Her boyfriend saw me do it and was making sounds at me. I got pissed and was like “I will punch you” LOL. A little girl like me saying that, funny right? I’m little but fearless sometimes LOL. But anyways, after that, I got super cautious with my bags. Turns out, there’s a lot of pickpockets around Gran Via. So be careful peeps!

Outfit 1
Blouse from Stradivarius
Pants from Editor’s Market
Sandals from EGO
Bag from Louis Vuitton
Bag Charm from Fendi
Sunglassses from Pull & Bear
Outfit 2
Dress from Brandy Melville
Sandals from Hermés
Bag from Louis Vuitton
Bag Charm from Fendi
Sunglassses from Pull & Bear

For the first outfit, I was inspired by the colors and surroundings of Spain. Before I travelled there, I looked at a few pictures and such and it got me to pair a loose blouse with loose pants. Pleated pants are super trendy nowadays so make sure you get one for the summer! As for the second outfit, I got the dress in Brandy Melville next to my hotel. It’s super cute and summery. It’s also a classic-look dress so I can wear this 2-3 years from now and it’ll still be trendy.

Day 3 – Madrid & Barcelona

My last day in Madrid and first day in Barcelona. I travelled from Madrid first thing in the morning to Barcelona by train and it took around 3 hours. A long train ride but a relaxing one because I got those plus seats which were super comfortable and spacious. Whenever any of you are planning to travel by train, make sure you get the business or plus ones because they come larger than the normal seats and more comfortable because you get tables as well!

When I got to Barcelona, I checked into my hotel but I got moved from my hotel to its sister hotel – Hotel Orient. The hotel I was supposed to stay at was full – didn’t know why especially when I booked 2 months before. Even though this happened, they moved me to a better hotel with a location right on La Rambla which is one of the most tourist-y and lively street in Barcelona. There were restaurants and shops everywhere, so if any of you are planning to visit Barcelona, La Rambla is the place to be if you want good food and great shopping.

After checking in, I went to Camp Nou, which is the FC Barcelona Stadium. It was so big! I got to see the players’ locker rooms and all the insides of the stadium. It was a wonderful experience. After that, I went back to my hotel and walked by La Rambla for a stroll down the stores and had dinner at a random restaurant.

Jeans from Topshop
T-Shirt from Brandy Melville
Bag from Chloé
Espadrilles from H&M

I wanted to go with an normal and simple outfit on the first day because I was travelling and didn’t want to wear anything fancy to see the stadium because it was already at the end of the day.

Day 4 – Barcelona

THIS DAY WAS SUPER BUSY but super productive. I got to see so many sites from morning till the afternoon. I was able to plan sites to see in order so I could be very productive and see all the touristy sites all in one day without any tours. First, I planned to go to Park Guell – that’s located up north. Then I made my way down to Sagrada Familia – that’s located south of the Park. I made my way down to Casa Mila and then to Casa Battlo. All these locations align with each other and weren’t opposite ways of each other, they all leaded down south to my hotel at La Rambla. Very productive, yet super tiring. All the places that I’ve visited had the same architect – Antoni Gaudi. He designed every one of them. I was so intrigued how each place was so distinct and unique from one another.

Outfit 1
Top from Bershka
Denim Skirt from Topshop
Shoes from EGO
Bag from Louis Vuitton
Outfit 2
Top from Hollister & Co.
Denim Skirt from Topshop
Shoes from EGO
Bag from Louis Vuitton

The top from my first outfit is one of my favorite off shoulder to ever. I’m in love with the contrasting stripes, it fits in with the whole “Barcelona” vibe. I had an extra top packed along with me because I knew I was going to sweat so much from jumping from one place to another. So I brought another off shoulder shirt to go with my existing outfit. I never knew red could suit me, I guess it kinda did this time.

After that, I went to a another food market to buy some afternoon snacks at La Rambla. They had so many fruits it was crazy! For dinner, I went to a wonderful restaurant that my friend recommended to me: Espai Kru – they had such good seafood!

More of the sight-seeing photos will be on my video so stay tuned!

Day 5 – Barcelona

This day was one of the most chillest day ever among all my travel diaries despite the shitty weather.

I moved to another hotel that was closer to the ocean and further from the city at the Pullman Skipper Hotel. It was a beautiful hotel with two pools and it only took 5 minutes to walk to the beach. I wanted my last two days and one night in Barcelona to be very chill and relaxing after all the travelling and walking. After moving hotels, I went to Port Olympic to go on my private cruise and had breakfast on board. I was supposed to take a dip in the ocean during my 3 hour cruise but I couldn’t since the weather was so cold – it was around 20 degrees, that means the water was around 15 degrees. And I’d be stupid if I went in because I’ll catch a cold afterwards.

Overall from Bershka
Sandals from Hermés
Sunglasses from Pull & Bear

After that, I had some food at the hotel for lunch and just chilled in the room for the rest of the time since I felt so tired from the day before. Because it was my last night in Barcelona, I wanted to go to a nice place with good music and food for dinner. I ended up strolling along the beach and found a restaurant and lounge club called CDLC Barcelona. The food wasn’t the best I’ve eaten but it was a really cool surrounding with all the Buddha decorations.

Day 6 – Barcelona

I was planning to go for a dip in the pool for the last day but the weather was shitty. So I spent my morning packing and eating breakfast and just went up to the pool in the hotel to chill a little bit. After, I decided to stroll along the beach one last time and find a restaurant to eat some delicious tapas and paella for the last time. I returned back to Pullman Hotel to leave and just 30 minutes before I was going to leave the hotel, the sun finally showed up – so I decided to swim a bit in the pool and changed to my travelling outfit to leave to the airport afterwards.

Outfit 1
T-Shirt from Zara
Maxi Dress from Boohoo.com
Sandals from Hermés
Bag from Louis Vuitton

Outfit 2
Top from Zara
Jeans from Topshop
Sandals from Hermés

My last day in Barcelona. It was sad that I couldn’t get to swim in the ocean at all because of the shitty weather but it was great to see the ocean on the plane and explore most of the wonderful attractions that Barcelona had to offer.

All in all, it was a great experience and lovely vacation in Madrid and Barcelona. I’d definitely go visit there again, especially Barcelona! I’m still mad that I didn’t get to swim in the ocean because of the weather! Now I’m back to London and the weather just went back to shit, it was 25 last week and now it’s 14. Super bipolar!

But anyways, I hope you guys enjoyed my travel diary again this time!

I’m making another one soon for Cambodia when I get back. I’m planning to go to the beach and do some island hopping hopefully!

Love,

KimBouy Tang

xx

 

 

KANVAS-K

I'm a petite 20 year old Cambodian who has a passion for fashion and the drive to share and inspire.

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