No Plans to Barcelona

Dreamtrips and honestly, the Hotel was cheaper than I expected. I paid the hotel up-front without the breakfast package.

London

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.

took the Heathrow Express to save time

it was cold and rainy

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.

Barcelona

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.

This photo of Hotel Sagrada Familia is courtesy of TripAdvisor

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.

Dr. Pablo and me outside of BCC

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”

after speaking to the graduating students

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.

calcot

I hadn’t seen Mallorie since we worked together in Atlanta

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.

with some of my new friends

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.

Salud! to good friends and good food…and a great trip!

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.”
XO

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