A Boy in Barcelona (Part III)

May 6th 2013, Monday

I still in the plane, wake up and having my breakfast – Omelette with Sausage and Harsh Brown, yummy. I’m looking at the flight tracking screen.. we’re almost there, Amsterdam. We arrived at 6.55 am. Transit again for about 4 hours in the airport – SCHIPOL. The airport is BIG and NICE! a lot of shop, cafe and restaurant. I like the book store although I can’t read the language and the flower shop, first time see real Tulip flower.. Cute! Wanna grab a bouquet for my mother :D.  I also took some picture here… really nice!

195 BLUE SKY

193 SCHIPOL

192 FLOWER

194 SHOPS

Continue the journey, we departed at 10.30 am, still using KLM. It’s about 1.45 hours to reach Barcelona. We got sandwich for snack and of course Red Wine! I wish I can sit next to the window and see the view form the sky. We passed a snow mountain.. ahh so cool!! Is it Alpen? hahaha.. First time to see mountain with snow on top.. Awesome! After that we can see Barcelona!! Yeay!! We’re hereeeeee!!

196 ABOVE THE SKY

197 WELCOME BARCELONA

Arrive!! Welcome to Barcelona! We gathered and register for immigration then we’re heading to the bus with a Special welcome snack package by BUBO – Healthy Mix Fruit Juice, Grain Bread + Butter, Fruit Pie. We’re going to have lunch. The Tour Leader took us to the harbour. A lot of people there.. Hang out, walk with their pet, jogging, tanning, play beach volley, cycling etc. The place is called Port Olympic. We’re having lunch at an Asian Restaurant – Pato Pekin. Eating chinese food in Europe ?? Quite good..but I want to taste the original Barcelona food.

198 FIRST LUNCH

199 JUMP

After lunch, we took some pictures in this area. Like usual, I want my signature Bodyjam jump photoshoot… Thank to the Camera, I can capture a great picture, i love it! The next destination – Parc de Montjuiic. It is a big park at the uphill where we can see a great view of Barcelona city. It’s beautiful!! Love the view.. Big park, It will be nice to relax and bring boyfriend/girlfriend.. Feel the fresh air and beautiful natural and city view. OK, it’s time to take pictures !! snap snap!!  jump n pose!

200 UPHILL VIEW

201 BEAUTIFUL GARDEN

They also took us to the football field, It’s my first time too, but the field is under construction so it’s not interesting for me. No green grass field 😦 .But I can feel a great atmosphere looking at the wide view of the stadium. We just spend a little time here.

202 THE FOOTBALL FIELD

OK, where do we stay ? We’re going to the hotel now. The hotel is Rennaisance FIRA. I see it as a tall building with a palm tree on the wall. A very nice 5 stars hotel.. I love the building material using ‘steel fence’ as wall/floor, kinda futuristic and Palm tree as the natural and signature element. I stayed at 1110 room with Mr. Derry Kurnia. The room is aweesoommeeee… All is whiteee! Clean and Clear!! I love it!

203 WELCOME TO RENAISSANCE FIRA

204 THE HOTEL

We will leave from hotel at 6.00 pm for dinner. It’s 6 pm but it’s still like daylight.. the sun is still so bright… What we have for dinner? Ahhh Chinese food again… +_+ We have dinner at Gransiglo Restaurant. After finish dinner it’s about 8 pm, It’s still bright! The sun start to set at 9 pm.. And now I’m start getting sleepy and get my first  jetlag.. We went back to Hotel. The hotel is near Carrefour and IKEA, ahh so convenient!

206 DINNER

207 MODEL WANNABE

I went to IKEA by myself. I love what I see and feel along the way to IKEA, the sky is turning into dark blue color and the street light is start to turn on. Wide road, Trees, clean and cool air.. I wish I can walk along this kind of street with my best friend or lover. Very romantic. And now I’m feeling kinda lonely haha.. Sometime I saw people jogging at night, Is it good? The air is very cold!

Here we are at IKEA! I love this store, well who don’t? I like how they put a lot of things in a small space and the flow of this place. I wish I can take pictures here.. love the design.. but is it allowed ? Ha..ha.. I’m hungry, and IKEA sell hotdog for only € 1.50. Yummy! Good for my wallet, good for my tummy.

208 IKEA

It was a very happy and nice trip for the first day in Barcelona. Hopefully tomorrow will be more and more interesting.. back to the hotel, take a bath and rest.

Good Night

A Boy in Barcelona (Part II)

May 5th 2013, Sunday

Yep.. this is the day.. finally has come. I still worry about my baggage. My friend, Bo, helped me to recheck my stuffs and he will take me to the airport. Before going there, we went Central Park to have a brunch and exchange more Euro. After that off we go straight to the airport.

182 JOURNAL

He only dropped me and I’m waiting at Old Town White Coffee in the airport sipping my tea and start writing my journal. I have to meet the Panorama Tour Leader, Daisy Djauhari at 4.30 pm at the assembly point. I met her, a very fierce woman but reliable! There’s a lot of people there. We will going to Barcelona together. Every one will receive a package bag from Prudential, inside are Jacket, Soccer Shirt, Ulos, Umbrella. I’m usually happy receiving gift or goodie bag, but this time.. UGH! So many thing to squished inside my little bag coz my baggage is already inside the plane before I received this package bag.. Only 1 bag with 7 kg weight allowed to bring in the plane,….  Frustated! Squish – squishhh! 

183 MY TICKET

We’re going to Barcelona by KLM airline. They said it’s a very good airline.. well this is my first time and probably this is gonna be my most exclusive plane I ever sat on. We departed at 6.50 pm (Indonesia time) go to Kuala Lumpur for Transit. It’s about 1:30 hours and we transit for about 30 – 45 minutes and off to continue to a very loooonggg flight to Amsterdam for 12:15 hours. Ewww… It’s the first and longest time I ‘fly’ …

191 KLM

190 TRANSIT

The flight was very smooth… no turbulence at all.. Almost all the passengers are Prudential agents. the man who sat next to me is Derry Kurnia, He will be my roommate. I like KLM :D. I love the food, I got 2 dinners – Nasi Padang and Nasi Kuning, They’re delicious! I surprised they served WINE ♥, Ahhhh I love it!!! Terra Andina 2012, Cabernet Sauvignon – Merlot from Chile, 12 %, The red wine is sweet..  I wanna drink it again. Love love love!

189 INSIDE KLM

It’s a long long long journey.. Watching the flight tracking on the seat screen. I amazed how a super giant steel can fly such a looooonnnggg distance. Corner to corner.. Curvy line – Kuala Lumpur – Amsterdam. KLM also has the video/movie service, I watched Hansel & Gretel and Mulan in the plane, entertaining :D. Start sleepy.. sometimes feel good but sitting for too long make my body ache especially my butt.. painful hahaha… need stretching once a while in the plane.. crack!

OK.. let’s sleep.. tomorrow..we will arrive at Amsterdam.

Good Night..

 

A Boy in Barcelona (Part I)

Hatyai – South Thailand is the most distant overseas trip I ever experienced. And now I’m receiving a call from my brother, Ben. “Ko, You wanna go Barcelona ?” He asked. I can’t believe what I’ve just heard, seriously? How ?? Like a dream..This Barcelona trip is from Prudential Insurance.  He said that our late father has achieved the PRUflyer points more than 300 points. For those who achieve this point will get a FREE trip to Barcelona at May 2013 for a PRUflyer or  a non-Prudential agent. My brother can’t go because he’s an agent and waiting for his wife to giving birth in April. And I just WOW! Really ?? I still can’t believe it. And of course I answer YES. It’s Barcelona – It’s SPAIN – It’s EUROPE!! OMG so FARRR…

It’s a FREE trip but it has a lot of procedures, registrations and documents to be complete. It’s kinda exhausted. But have to! From the Prudential office at Kota Kasablanka to the Panorama Tour office. I feel so glad when It’s all finish.. I just need to pay for the VISA, but still a little bit worried if it’s rejected, but the Panorama Tour said that I don’t have to worry, because I’m with Prudential. huff..

Yup! The date is set. I’m with Star Club 2013 – Batch B: May 5th – May 11th 2013. I’m so excited and also nervous.. First time alone with Prudential agents that I don’t know in a faraway country. Oh well..Just enjoy!! There always something first in life. It’s gonna be OK!

And I’m so nervous to prepare and making list for my packing stuff. Make sure every things I need to be well prepared. I made a long list what to bring with a little doodles..(cute). I think this is gonna be useful in the future if someday I’ll go travelling again.. or maybe you can remind me what’s missing?

181 TRAVEL LIST

To summary: Primary items to bring – The most important things of course the money, passport + visa, ticket. Camera is the greatest equipment to capture every moments, I bought SONY DSC RX-100 for this moment, It’s a great camera. Phone to keep in touch with family and friends, but I need Wi-Fi service.. Bring my best shirt to wear, so it can help us look nice in the pictures, hahaha… Toiletries might be optional because sometime you can use toiletries in the hotel..

I love to bring a journal book to write down what I felt, what I ate, what I experienced, where I went into doodle and story.. and also put some little flyer into it. I found this special journal book in the book store, quite expensive, but It was really a nice book.

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I cherish the memory and it’s precious for me. 🙂