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A Day in Montserrat

Updated on September 18, 2014

During a most epic vacation with my main squeeze, his son plus his friend we had a wonderfully exhausting day that involved a mountain...It would have been awesome if they warned me!

Being the die hard adventurer I turned over 100% of the trip planning over to the men as they are both a bit OCD with trips & I am more of the wander around & get lost type. So here we are on a train to Montserrat..."what's Montserrat? Oh a monastery...Groovy." They failed to mention this situation involved us hiking (I don't hike) up a vertical pile of rock to look at more rock, a couple goats & maybe fall off a cliff.Disclaimer if you want facts on this location this is the wrong page..here you get my hazy version of the facts.

It's a mountain? - (Stop laughing!)

Once I got off the train it became apparent there was a mountain involved in this adventure...huh... who knew? Other than every other civilized person in the world that is. They literally captured the "you mean we are walking up the mountain?" face.

Travel Tip-

It may be wise to at least glance at the itinerary of the trip if you let someone else plan it. Maybe even google the country your going to at least once too.

The Black Madonna...

After a week in Barcelona & countless churches we finally found the black Madonna...It seemed interesting, I'm not a huge church person & I was half asleep by the time we got to walk by it. The Church itself had fabulous architecture & is an amazing location. They also have a boys singing choir which we missed but heard great things about.

Let's go up!

Turns out up means UP, not a causal walk but ridiculously vertical stairs or even dirt trails you have to climb up tree roots. So if you plan this adventure you should be pretty able bodied & limber. Not exactly great for kids or elderly....or out of shape web geeks.

Montserrat

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Just crawl over those tree roots & grab a bush!Top!Sketchy stairs of doomA storm rolled in right as we boarded the train to leave.Yep that's a goat chilling out.No idea...it was in the wall of the church.
Just crawl over those tree roots & grab a bush!
Just crawl over those tree roots & grab a bush!
Top!
Top!
Sketchy stairs of doom
Sketchy stairs of doom
A storm rolled in right as we boarded the train to leave.
A storm rolled in right as we boarded the train to leave.
Yep that's a goat chilling out.
Yep that's a goat chilling out.
No idea...it was in the wall of the church.
No idea...it was in the wall of the church.

Bring-

Don't forget water, snacks, camera...oh and your inhaler would be good too. I forgot mine & had a asthma attack mid way up the mountain. I really should have a keeper. *face palm*

What to Bring...

Frommer's Barcelona Day by Day (Frommer's Day by Day - Pocket)
Frommer's Barcelona Day by Day (Frommer's Day by Day - Pocket)

Assuming you will be in Spain doing other adventures this handy guide will help you hit the good spots...if only I had this when I went!

 
High Sierra Loop Backpack
High Sierra Loop Backpack

You want this for the entire trip, great to toting water, snacks and all your electronics....and the inhaler of course.

 
NALGENE Tritan OTG BPA-Free Water Bottle 24 Oz
NALGENE Tritan OTG BPA-Free Water Bottle 24 Oz

We had a couple of these we used during the entire vacation. They are perfect for traveling!

 
Kar's Nuts Sweet 'N Salty Trail Mix Snacks - High Protein Blend of Peanuts, Sunflower Kernels, Raisins & Chocolate Gems - Bulk Pack of 2 oz Individual Single Serve Bags (Pack of 72)
Kar's Nuts Sweet 'N Salty Trail Mix Snacks - High Protein Blend of Peanuts, Sunflower Kernels, Raisins & Chocolate Gems - Bulk Pack of 2 oz Individual Single Serve Bags (Pack of 72)

These are awesome! These quick and easy snacks save you tons of cash, plus are great for quick energy. It's also a great way to manage your Hangry travel partners.

 

Is that...a Goat?

Yep, apparently wild goats do frolic around on mountains. He was doing much better than I was on the rocks.

Did you know Montserrat was a mountain?

Did you know Montserrat was a mountain?

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Hang on...

Should we really be walking up a mountain next to mountain climbers with snazzy equipment? I still have my doubts.

The Top!

OMG we made it! I didn't die! How did you talk me into this....wow this is amazing....Can we come back?

What do you think?

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    • Lorelei Cohen profile image

      Lorelei Cohen 

      4 years ago from Canada

      I think you are an exceptionally brave soul. I would have sent the boys on alone and headed to the nearest coffee shop.

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      grannysage 

      5 years ago

      I absolutely love the expression on your face and I would have looked the same. Almost killed myself climbing stairs on to see some falls. But your pictures are absolutely stunning and this will be an adventure you will never forget.

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      StrongMay 

      5 years ago

      Must have felt good to reach the top. I visited Montserrat just three months ago. That jagged, cliff-covered mountain looks quite out of place in the area, which makes it all the more beautiful and odd.

    • WebMarketingPro profile image

      WebMarketingPro 

      5 years ago

      I thought the mountains were there to look at (for scenic decoration), not necessarily to climb on.

    • katiecolette profile image

      katiecolette 

      5 years ago

      Glad you made it to the top, despite the asthma attack. Looks like a fun adventure :)

    • readty7 profile image

      readty7 

      5 years ago

      It seems an interesting place to go nice pictures , Cheers

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Fun read!

    • SheGetsCreative profile image

      Angela F 

      5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      What an EPIC adventure :)

    • gottaloveit2 profile image

      gottaloveit2 

      5 years ago

      I loved this article! Your humor was evident and I'm sure everyone with you had a great time. What stunning pictures too. Well done.

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