I need a Barcelona do over!!
Let me explain…
After 7 days exploring (aka climbing the 7 hills of ) Lisbon, I made my way to Spain for a week in Barcelona before heading back to the US. Sounds like an awesome trip, right? Well it was until around day 2 in Spain when I got sick. Not just a sniffle here and there, but flu sick, complete with body aches, fatigue and nausea. I spent the majority of the trip in bed recovering and not out enjoying my first trip to Barcelona. I want a do over and next time, I want to do it with Go With Oh!
Not convinced yet? Keep reading…
Five (of the many) Reasons I Want to Go with Oh to Barcelona
1.) Get a little Beach Time In: On my first trip to Barca, I crashed at a friend’s flat, just a few meters from Barcelonta beach, I had perfect views of the still water and perfect sunset and sunshine through his floor to ceiling windows, but I never got to get out and enjoy it. Why? Well one because it was January and FREEZING and two because even if it were warm, I was too sick most of the trip to move out of bed. That’s just cruel and unusual punishment, so next time, I want to hit the beautiful beaches of Barcelona in the spring/summer for a quick dip and a little people watching.
2.) Stuff My Face: When you’re sick, food tends to taste like chunks of plain, cold and unseasoned tofu. The few times I did make it out for drinks and tapas, everything looked amazing, but the lack of discernible flavors coupled with the inability to swallow because of my sore throat left me a bit deflated. This has to be rectified the second time around! I’m thinking a redo of tapas and drinks in the Gothic District would be first and then first time visits to the La Boqueria Market and maybe Dos Palillos, a restaurant that combines the Spanish tapas concept with Asian gastronomy. Wherever I end up, I’m definitely bringing my appetite and will try anything with ham or chorizo in it, especially if it’s deep fried!
3.) Find Barcelona’s Best Cupcakes: The cupcake phenomena has hit Europe with a vengeance and since I’m on the search for the world’s best cupcake, it’s only right that I sample what Barcelona has to offer. I’m thinking Cup + Cake, Lolita Bakery and Florentine would be great starting points, but I’m always open for suggestions. And to wash it all down, a couple of cups of freshly brewed tea from Tealosophy by Ines Burton would be a perfect pairing. I stumbled across Tealosophy roaming the streets of Palermo in Buenos Aires. They make the freshest and most unique tea blends I have EVER tasted and the only location outside of Buenos Aires to buy it (and homemade dulce de leche) is Barcelona!
4.) City of Gaudi: Out of all of Gaudi’s architecture in the city, I only really had the opportunity to really dig into one, Casa Batlló, before aches, pains and chills go the best of me and I retreated back to bed. I’m looking forward to a proper tour of Gaudi’s creations, especially Sagrada Família, Casa Milà and Parc Güell. I made this winning suggestion to Loah and Leah, who obliged and just so happened to be staying in a Go With Oh property with an amazing view of Sagrada Família! Next time, I want in on the Gaudi and Barcelona fun and the awesome photo ops!
5.) Jamaican Culture in Spain: A few clicks around my blog and you’re likely to find 3,465 references to Jamaica. I’ll admit I’m a little bit of a Jamaica-holic, but as much as I love spending my winters (and lot more of my time) in yaad, I do visit other parts of the world. And, because Jamaicans are EVERYWHERE, I’ve been enjoying discovering Jamaican Culture in other parts of the world. Barcelona would be no exception. I already have mental plans to tek time and enjoy Stush and Teng, a Jamaican inspired restaurant and lounge and link with the Jamaican expats in Spain.
*BONUS* If the stars align, I’d also love to check out FC Barcelona in action. I’m not really a soccer fanatic, but sports is a great way to immerse yourself in local culture and the matches look like soooo much fun!
So who’s coming with me?
Hands down it would have to be my homie Neera. We’ve known each other since the first day of undergrad over
12 …whoops I mean five years ago. I typically prefer to travel solo, but on my most epic, non-solo adventures, she’s been right there with me…crashing private parties at Miami’s Mercedes Fashion Week Swim, getting lost for hours outside of Buenos Aires, partying until the sun came up on Copacabana Beach during Reveillon in Rio de Janeiro and sooo much more! We’re the perfect travel pair and would paint Barcelona red, Delusional Diva style!