12.10.2011 - 12.10.2011
Today, I went on a day trip to a place called Montserrat. Montserrat is one of the biggest attractions right outside of Barcelona. It takes about an hour by train to get there. My friend and I took the 11:30 train out of Barcelona and we arrived in Montserrat by one. I actually don't know if it is a town or just a Monastery up in the mountains. The Monastery is built into cliffs. It is really hard to describe, but I am going to try. I am pretty sure that the cliffs are the beginning of the Pyranee mountains. They looked like giant fingers coming out of the ground. The tops of them are bare and just rock, and the bottom half has trees and plants. The train brings you to a station where you then either take the funicular or a cable car up to the monastery. My friend and I had planned the whole time to hike up the mountain, but once we saw how far the monastery was from the train station we decided to take the funicular up and then start the hike from the monastery (and thank god we did). We finally made it all the way up to the monastery and started our hike. The hike was a 1,237 meter climb, which doesn't sound like much, but we did not make it to the top because we were too tired and hot and it wasn't a hike at most points, it was stairs. I think that I climbed around 2000 stairs today total. The views were spectacular from where we are and we are planning on going back to make it to the top because it will be even more amazing. I do know that we hiked a little further than 930 meters (again doesn't sound like much but straight up and stairs, tiring). We then took a little break and began the trek back down, and I thought going up was hard. By the end my legs were shaking they were so tired. Also, going down I was looking straight down into the canyons below me, which my back was turned to when I was going up. There would never be any trail like that in the US without guard rails. I was fine with it because I am not afraid of heights, but if you were, you would be stuck up there forever. It was a really fun day and I can't wait to go back and make it all the way to the top because I know the view will be awesome (and I will be proud of myself for making it that far).