I had been wanting to go to Barcelona for years. There was always an excuse not to go. It was usually the cost. Plane tickets are usually $1500/ a head and if I wanted to bring my girls along, $4500 just for plane tickets alone.
i joined Scott’s Cheap Flights and found an incredible fare from Atlanta to Barcelona (with a 6 hour layover in London ) for only $447! You have to jump on these fares ASAP! Who would I go with? It was smack dab in the middle of school year for the girls, and my girlfriend couldn’t get time off from work.
I decided to treat myself and go for it!
I bought the tickets in September for travel in January. I put the flight on a credit card (earns me miles) and had plenty of time to pay it off, so I didn’t “feel it” as much. Bought the hotel room through Dreamtrips and honestly, the Hotel was cheaper than I expected. I paid the hotel up-front without the breakfast package.
I put everything I needed in a backpack, so I wouldn’t have to check in any luggage. I got to London and made it through customs fairly quickly and took a train to see the city. I only had a 6 hour layover, so I had to be quick about things.
One thing I did not expect was the cold weather. It was raining, sleeting and snowing when I got to London and I was wearing a light hoodie.
It was so miserable and I was so uncomfortable that I ended up grabbing a pastry and a drink at the ASDA and headed back to the airport early.
I’ll tackle London some other time.
Arrived at Barcelona and immediately went to the Metro station. I bought a ticket that would last me almost my entire stay. I checked and Uber would have been way too expensive.
Anyway, made it to my station and my hotel was a block and a half away. I stayed at the Hotel Sagrada Familia, It was a European-style hotel-the rooms were small, but it was clean and perfect for what I needed.
I had no plans, but I have several friends that live in the area. First day I went to visit my friend Pablo, who is a professor at Barcelona College of Chiropractic.
After a tour of the college, we had a nice lunch at a Basque Tavern close by. The food was amazing.
I was invited to speak to the graduating class as a spur of the moment thing. I enjoyed speaking to them and apparently they enjoyed the talk as well. They said they appreciated me “keeping it real”
I got in touch with my friend Mallory and she mentioned that they were having a Calçotada the next day and I was invited. This was a Tuesday night get-together and there were at least 25 people at this shindig. I met some great people from all over the world and thoroughly enjoyed the event.
Met some Americans while having a drink and a snack and they invited me to an evening out.
Nightlife in Barcelona is very diverse and i started my evening with a beer and a slice at an Argentine Pizza place, then to a dance music bar, then to a rap club with a live group.
I ended my trip with a visit to see Pablo’s family at his home in a town outside of Barcelona. Got to meet his wife and kids and he prepared a fantastic Paella for us.
I had so many great experiences here that wouldn’t have happened if I had stuck to a very rigid itinerary. So for your next trip, I suggest you just “let stuff happen.”