Monday was our travel day back to Barcelona, where our trip began. We had booked one night in Barceloneta (one of Barcelona’s five beaches on the Mediterranean Sea). Since our return flight, on Tuesday, left from Barcelona, we figured we might as well try to have a day at the beach. The travel by train was great and we were able to see a lot of the countryside between the two cities. We were served a surprising breakfast on the train. Breakfast on all of our other train trips was eggs, potatoes, ham, bread, etc, but this time it was chicken, boiled potatoes and carrots. I thought maybe it was lunch but they definitely called it breakfast. I think I stumped the attendant by asking her for peach juice (commonly available in Spain), which I love, and hope to be able to find at some store in the US. She looked at me funny and then the other attendant handed me what basically amounted to a juice box. Probably intended for kids, but it was good enough for me.
With most travel in the US, there is always a struggle to find clean, accessible restrooms along the way. I must say that, in general, we were very pleased and a little surprised by the cleanliness of the facilities Spain had to offer. One concept that I had not seen before (maybe it exists but I haven’t seen it in my travels in the US) is pay toilets in the train terminals. I actually think that this is a great idea, as the facilities that we used were clean and even had attendants. Especially impressive was the one pictured below. If I could have had a video of the whole process, this would not be as hard to explain. After each flush the toilet had a automatic arm that came out and the seat revolved in a circular motion while the arm disinfected and squeegeed the seat. (Yes, squeegeed is spelled correctly. Keena looked it up!) Pretty good service for half a euro ( a little more than $.50)!
We made our way to our hotel at the beach. It was my perfect beach day (overcast with a light breeze). We spent most of the day sitting on the beach people-watching (no photos since this is a family-friendly blog). Later, we had dinner at an outdoor restaurant with a great view of the beach. It was a fun way to end a great trip. I will be wrapping up our travel blog with one more installment, basically summing up our two-week adventure!