Spain! I made it – time to party!
I think it’s fairly common knowledge that The Spanish like to party!
I have always had a love and fascination with Spanish culture, ever since we did a crash course in Spanish in year 7. By crash course I mean we tormented our poor Spanish teacher for 6 months before we moved on to Japanese.
While in Barcelona, I had the pleasure of staying with my brother in-laws brother Luke, and his gorgeous girlfriend Camille.
Luke and Cam live in this fantastic apartment in Barri Gotic, near the water and just of La Rambla – a famous strip in Barcelona lined with restaurants and rows and rows of souvenir stores. The area is a maze of sandstone buildings which open in to squares, the place is filled with bars and cafes and totally transforms of an evening.
I spent the first day by myself as Cam had taken Luke to Angora for the weekend (and had managed to cross the border without their passports – this girl gets stuff done!!) so I headed off to the beach where I discovered a lost and found market filled with music, food and vintage clothing.
I spotted a La Marzocco coffee machine and nearly wet my pants!! It was just 3 young guys selling their own beans and good coffee, yet another reason to fall in love with this place!
I also found a food and wine festival while walking to the beach – 10€ for 3 tastings and a Riedel glass. Have I mentioned I LOVE Barcelona!
I hung out on the beach most of the day – drinking cocktails and relaxing. Perfection. I also found this super cute vegan place – just one girl pumping out some tasty vegan treats.
The following day Luke, Cam and one of their friends Teddy and myself trekked all over Barcelona, looking at all of Gaudi’s AMAZING works.
The guy was unbelievable – his works are a mix of spirituality, religion and acid trips. Sandstone and colours intertwined to form these awe inspiring buildings.
Teddy made a valid point – “Imagine being the guy who was commissioned to work on the building next to a Gaudi building. It’d be almost impossible!”
Luke gave us quite the guided tour of Barcelona – he showed us some places that neither Teddy or I would have even known existed if it wasn’t for his and Cam’s local knowledge.
Including a bar hop…..
That evening we hit some of the local bars… it quickly got out of hand.
Teddy and I started off in this great bar which featured a zombie looking installation of a guy taking a crap on one of the walls…
Luke then took us to this Cava bar where we all lost our shit a little. Cava is a Spanish sparkling wine that is beautiful and ridiculously cheap
This place is an institution – absolutely PACKED with people, you must order food with every drink. They serve tapas and glasses of Cava for cheap cheap!
The only way I could describe it is like “a sausage sizzle with champagne” and when you’re done you just throw your rubbish on the floor – what of it?!
We also visited a cider bar and tried our hand at blow darts – basically just darts but you shoot them out of your mouth because apparently it’s safer…
Please note the score – I kicked butt!
We then visited one of Hemingway’s old hangs and naturally had some absinthe…
…and the rest is a bit of a blur!
Luke and Cam were great hosts!
They took us to the amazing food markets La Boqueria where there was just rows and rows of food stalls and people everywhere. I saw some funky looking foodstuffs…
The street art throughout Barcelona was amazing too!
I just love this city, it has so much going on – the food, the bars, the beach and the buildings!
After spending a few days here I was desperate to find a way to stay! Next trip I will definitely plan to spend more time in Spain.
After travelling for a few weeks on my own it was so nice to see some family – even though I had only met Luke one time before this – at my sister and Andrew’s wedding. The hospitality that him and Cam showed me was just wonderful.
Next stop Roma – I won’t give too much away but I was definitely in for a bit of a shock….