Barcelona 2013. This was a trip I will never forget. I had been through a tough time and this was me saying I want a holiday and I’m going on my own with no one else and I’m going to explore.
I was terrified.
Upon arriving I got a taxi to my hotel which was only a 15 minute journey from the airport, Barcelona at night looked beautiful.
The Tryp Apolo is situated right in the centre of Barcelona and my room was perfect for what I needed. I felt immediately happy I had gone when I arrived there.
Over the next 3 days I explored this amazing place. I saw all the sights, The Sagrada Famillia, Barcelona beach, Park Guell, Guadi’s house, The Wave, Barcelona Market, the Fountains and the The Ramblas.
I walked and took the underground and never felt scared or nervous as a woman on my own.
The streets come alive at night and I walked back to my hotel sometimes at 11pm at night on my own and there were still families playing in play parks and people eating dinner everywhere around me. I swear no one went to the skate park until at least 9pm.
I walked a lot. I found tiny little cafes and restaurants to eat in. The people I met were all so friendly and the place was alive with a buzz which just made you feel welcome.
The weather was an added bonus, being August it was in the thirties every day and their night time felt like our day time with the temperature hardly dropping at all.
I miss those streets, escalators outside, steps that seem never ending, climbing hills that seem to lead to the sky then the beautiful views over Barcelona when you finally reach the top.
Never ending bottles of 1 euro water and Fanta limon in the day replaced by Sangria and Estrella at night. I’m not a beer drinker but when in Rome….
Laying on the beach listening to Chilled House Classics through my headphones I blocked out the world and felt completely free.
Tapas, seafood paella, Spanish omelette and ice cream were my staple diet, the food was amazing every single place I went. There is no microwaved veg, no reheated chips, no slow service. They want to serve you well and they want you to enjoy your experience. This was the first time I had enjoyed free nuts on a table when you sit down for a drink too and was blown away by this.
Street performers,oversized drinks, music outside, beautiful bars with huge ivy plants and palm trees strategically placed to offer the most shade in attempt to draw in the maximum amount of custom.
Barcelona is beautiful and I for one can’t wait to go back many times in my life time.