A Night at Vilanova i la Geltrú by Sofia Kika, our FCE Student

I spent my last summer vacation in Barcelona.

One afternoon my sister came across an online article about a music festival which was about to take place in a small summer resort near Barcelona called Vilanova i la Geltrú.

     Lana Del Rey, who is one of my favorite musicians,  was going to perform at the festival! I was so thrilled by the idea that I was willing to spend all of my birthday money. My mother was reluctant to go to an unknown place we could hardly pronounce and not knowing how to get back to Barcelona late at night concerned her even more, but in the end I persuaded her into buying the tickets.      

     The day of the festival we took a train to Vilanova i la Geltrú. We waited in line for the promised shuttle-bus to the festival site, but ended up sharing a taxi with a group of young Italian tourists. 

     The place looked great. It was a forest surrounded field with three stages. The air smelled of the surrounding pine and olive trees which had decorative lights entangled in their branches. The whole forest beyond the camping space was lit up by silver lights and the paths leading towards the stages were lined with lights as well. The place was full of people drinking, laughing and enjoying their time out in nature with their friends and families. I felt a little sad because I wished I could have brought all of my friends. Soon after settling in amongst the crowd Lana came onto the stage completely barefoot, wearing a gorgeous emerald green dress.  

      Contrary to her reputation of not singing well live, she was amazing. After about an hour or so of singing and enjoying the atmosphere the show ended. We had already missed the last train to Barcelona, but were lucky to get on a special night bus.  

     Finally the bus dropped us off at downtown Barcelona and my mom was worried about how we were going to get back to our hotel that late at night, it was 3 a.m.. But, as soon as we stepped out of the vehicle, we saw numerous tourists and locals laughing and talking everywhere, which proved Barcelona’s reputation of a lively city which never sleeps.