For my second trip to Spain, I decided to extend my stay for an extra few days, mainly because I wanted to see Barcelona. I wanted to do this now because I may not have the opportunity to go to Spain again. So after my 8-day stint in La Alberca, I decided to return to Madrid so I could take the Spanish high speed train called AVE to Barcelona. I bought a one-way ticket to Barcelona and the next day, off I went.
What I love the most about this journey is how I saw the changing climate of the landscape of this part of Spain. Madrid in a January morning was cold and dry sunrise does not happen until about 7:30 in the morning. Then about 40 minutes out you will see snow capped mountains out your window. Then you’ll see tall, white turbine windmills collecting wind for clean energy. Then the weather clears up in some places with the sun shining through the clouds allowing you to see small villages and farmlands in the mountains. In other parts, you’ll find factories, warehouses and power plants which represents the industrial landscape of Spain.
As the train approaches the city of Zaragoza, you will start to see houses and residential buildings. We stopped at the Zaragoza Delicias Station for no more than three minutes to allow some passengers to get off and collect those heading to Barcelona. Then we’re off again.
The journey which including the stop in Zaragoza, took about two hours and forty five minutes. The train left Madrid at 8:30am and arrived on time in Barcelona at 11:15am. During the time I was on the train. I took more than enough photos of this part of the country. I’m very glad I did so. I’m also very glad to see the changing landscape of this country. Mind you, it’s not easy photographing landscapes from a fast moving train, but I was fortunate enough to take good ones as keepsakes and memories from this trip. I’m very glad I took the train to Barcelona. I’m very glad I extended my stay in Spain. This is one journey I will never forget.