Mini Guide to Montserrat, Spain

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Hi all!

Life got busy (and how!! I’ll get into that as some point) and now we’re nearing the end of year. So, procrastination be damned, I present you with this “bonus” guide. It was a semi-impromptu day trip to Montserrat. While we did prior research, it was still confusing navigating the train schedule. I’ll do my best to help you out. Here are some helpful links: 1 // 2

HOW DID YOU GET HERE? I think it depends on what time of day you head out, but I suggest heading out early from Barcelona. We left kind of late at 11am; it was pouring that morning. Guides say that it takes about 1.5 hrs to get there by train, but I think it took us a slightly over 2 hours.

Tickets were roughly €11 for a single ride. Follow the R5 line at the Espanya station.

Here is a little video I made explaining the train schedule.

IS THIS OFF-BARCELONA EXCURSION WORTH A DAY TRIP? Yes! The monastery and the surrounding area are beautiful and a refreshing change from the hustle and bustle of Barcelona.

WHAT DID YOU EAT? The monastery has a restaurant, but we didn’t eat there. When we arrived, there was a farmer’s market where the “mountain folk” set up shop and were selling their homemade cheeses, pastries, and candies. WARNING: TMI! I tried some local mountain cheese and it was delicious! However, in less than 10 minutes, my stomach cried foul of foreign microbes and I KNEW I WAS GOING TO HAVE EXPLOSIVE SHITS. Thankfully, there is a large public restroom in the the plaza of the monastery and I took care of business. Just sayin’.

Anyway, picture time…

(P.S. The amazing panorama shots were taken by the husbeau.)

 

FINAL NOTES ON THE HONEYMOON SERIES: I miss Spain often and I hope to be back someday. I can’t thank Yobo enough for being my travel companion and for spoiling me with amazing eats, sights, and sounds. It was really an amazing trip! Traveling on a budget and in a slightly offbeat way affords a mindset that is illuminating: the world is vast and beautiful. We are all different. We are all the same. Be sure to go back in time with me and check out the other trip links. I hope you’ve enjoyed all the anecdotes and pictures. I really appreciate all the comments and likes, so thank you all very much too!

-j❤

Honeymoon links → Primer, Tarifa, Morocco (Chefchaouen), Granada, Valencia, Barcelona, and Madrid.

Lately…

Hi all!

Can I share snippets of life these past two months?

My husband is creative too (and very technical). He made a modified pedal doohickey thing for his pedal board with 80’s style lights (and wife-inspired since I’m a huge 80’s fan). We nicknamed it Simone. (Because of Simon! Get it? The game with the lights and the pushing of the lights.)

I bought a fluffy white reading pillow with arm rests and I’m a voracious reader again! Not really, but actually, I am…It just makes the space look cozier and reader friendly.

The (near) end of the summer brought fig on toast with prosciutto and honey. I had to swat away those glossy hard fig beetles for this. They scare the crap out of me! No one talks about that, do they? I also found a tiny watermelon in the back of the ref so I made watermelon agua fresca with mint. Husband is the hand model.

I’ve been trying to eat healthier: less carbs at night and more veggies every day. It’s hard, people! (Reeeeaaallly hard.)

For my mother’s birthday this year, I made a one tier raspberry marble cake with raspberry marscapone icing. This is me putting it in front of a table vignette and trying to look effortless like I bake professionally and it always looks this good.

-j❤

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