I was lucky enough to visit Spain in 2009 as part of my graduate program. My cohort (20 students in all) and I stayed in Barcelona visiting different businesses, gathering information, speaking with managers, and doing research for our final thesis papers. When we had free time a few of us decided we wanted to go off course. We ended up taking a day trip to Montserrat. Montserrat is a multi-peaked rocky range located near the city of Barcelona, in Catalonia, Spain. It is part of the Catalan Pre-Coastal Range.
Some of the pictures below show the Benedictine Monestir de Montserrat (Monastery) , home to the Black Madonna, one of Spain’s most cherished icons. It wasn’t until after this trip that I realized what an amazing opportunity I had by being in the presence of the Black Madonna. It was simply amazing and I want to go back because I feel as though I didn’t appreciate it the first time around.
The views were amazing way up in the mountains. Sadly these are really all the pictures I have from this trip. I only brought a crappy camera with me back then and much of my time spent in Spain was focused on grad research.