In this week's post, Maya recalls her excursion to Montserrat in Barcelona with the CAPA group, from a beautiful and strenuous hike into the clouds to seeing views of Barcelona and hearing the Montserrat boys choir sing.
This past weekend CAPA hosted another My Global Cities event. This time, it was a trip to the mountains of Montserrat! Before coming to Barcelona I had never heard of this place before, and had no idea what was in store for me upon arrival.
We began the day early, waking up before the sun and went to meet our tour guide in the city center. It was really cool seeing Barcelona during sunrise, when the world was still sleeping and no cars were on the road. This sounds so simple, but it truly is an interesting experience to see a place you are used to seeing in constant motion, completely still.
Our tours of places are usually private, but this time there were other people touring with us so it gave us an opportunity to meet new people from various countries of the world. Our favorites of the group was an elderly Chinese couple. They told us their story of migrating to Los Angeles to start a family, and encouraged us to follow our dreams. It was so nice talking to them and seeing how young they were at heart.
The view from the hiking starting point!
A bus took us to the hiking point of the mountains, so when we first arrived to Montserrat we were already above the clouds. To say this place was incredible is an understatement. The clouds looked like a sea and we could not see anything below us. It was like being in another world! After taking hundreds of pictures we found out this was not the top!
Me and My housemates (L/R Amaia, me, Sava, and Ania) once we reached the mountain peak!
The guides took us to the hiking trail and we hiked all the way to the peak of the mountain! Now I can’t lie; This. Was. Intense. We were sweaty, out of breath, and had empty water bottles before we came close to finishing, but when we reached the peak? It was even more beautiful than what we saw before. An ocean of mountains and clouds we could see for miles, and as the day went on the clouds got higher and we could see all of Barcelona and even some other Spanish cities! When we hiked back down (after SO MANY pictures) we could see tiny cars that looked like toys driving by at the bottom. The houses looked like they were made for dolls and we could see the entire layout of different towns. It was like looking at never-ending art.
Me at one of the beautiful views on our way to the top of the mountain!
After the hike we went to see the Montserrat Boys choir sing. They are a world-famous choir of young boys who live and go to school on the mountain! How amazing is that? Imagine waking up every morning to that view, I don’t think I could ever get used to that! The crowd even sang along with some songs, we of course didn’t know the words but it was cool to be in the middle of something so many people held dear to their hearts. After the amazing show we had lunch overlooking the mountains until it was time to head home. This was one of my favorite CAPA trips, I don’t know what could top this. We had so much fun and felt like we were walking around in heaven! I definitely hope to return here one day!
The view from the hiking starting point once the clouds cleared!
Maya Crawford is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Business Administration major at University of Massachusetts Lowell, she is studying abroad in Barcelona this semester.
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