Last week, I decided that I was in the mood for a change of scenery; Sometimes I am very spontaneous and I thought, “What better place to be than beautiful sunny Barcelona?”.
Going Going Gone
The first things that come to my head when I think of Barcelona are; the beach (La Barceloneta), Gaudí everything, and Las Ramblas.
My last visit to Barcelona was in 2008. However, this time around I wanted to discover a new side of Barcelona. Which lead me to packing a small suitcase and running off to the city for the week. Barcelona is the fresh and funky cosmopolitan capital of Catalonia, known for its eccentric architecture and street life as well as its modern and contemporary art scenes.
Finding my piece of Happiness
My favourite thing to do once I visit a city is to put down the map and get wonderfully lost. Wandering through the local neighbourhoods trying to view the city from the perspective of those who live there. What do I gain from this? The feeling of being anonymous in a city I’ve never been before. Barcelona is so much more than its touristic side.
Barcelona is a very old city in which you can feel the weight of history; it is haunted by history. You cannot walk around it without perceiving it. – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Once arriving to the city, I was lucky enough to have a beautiful apartment right next to one of my favourite places in Barcelona; the always changing “La Sagrada Familia”. Immediately after put down my bags, I made a dash for the door to start exploring my new city. My temporary neighbourhood while in Barcelona was Eixample a great area to lose yourself. It is a residential area with a thriving hipster day scene to a popping nightlife. Perfect for strolling the streets and taking in beautiful architectural structures or just people-watching from one of the many terrace cafés. The city of Barcelona is full of life, color, culture and style.
Travel changes you. As you move through this life you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life and travel leaves marks on you- Anthony Bourdain
During this trip I was more interested in socialising and meeting people rather than actually sightseeing. While in Barcelona the only real sights that I visited were the Torre Agbar, Sagrada Familia, Museu Nacional d´Arte de Catalunya, Barri Gotic Placa Espanya and anything in-between. Yet, I did meet a few new friends from Catalonia, Italy, and Scotland. Plus I got to catch up with a few of my old friends from the city. They even gave me the low-down on great non-touristy spots to chill out in. Thanks guys! This ones for you.
Barcelona in your eyes
Now it is your turn; Have you been to Barcelona? What do you like to do while you’re in the city (visit, eat, go out, etc.)? Where do you want to travel to this 2016? What type of traveller are you (backpacker, luxury, or in the happy middle…think Indiana Jones of finding deals and discounts)?