Today is Thursday; the tournament began Monday and so far I have played one match. It’s a good thing I have had Heide Orth and Kerry Ballard to practice with! Heide also had the day off (after also having yesterday off…I guess it’s a way to fill the hotels and keep players in the tournament longer).
Today I hit with Heide, then along with Ludwig Orth we went to Tibidabo, which has great views fo Barcelona from the north-west of the city. It’s is 1,680 ft high making it the tallest mountain in the Serra de Collserola hill range. The Sacrat Cor church rises above the City. I saw the church and the statue on top of the church sparkling in the sun yesterday when I was practicing and googled “Barcelona Church on the Hill” and found out about it. Along with the church and views is an amusement park, mostly for younger kids, which opened in 1901!
The views were really nice of the city and the beach. It was pretty clear and nice to see the Mediterranean Sea and the many sailboats. We took the elevator up from the second level of the church then I walked all the way to the top, but the views were nice from every level. There is also a hotel and a cafe at the mountain top.
We took a taxi up but the bus back, which goes right to Catalunya in the middle of the city ; from there one can take a taxi or the metro most places in the city.
Mount Tibidabo in Barcelona, Spain.
Order of play for today Friday, is now up with no matches before 6pm. We play the doubles final not before 9pm and I play singles at 6 pm.