I am in love with Barcelona. Everybody says that they have a city they belong in and I have to say that mine is Barcelona. I remember saying this last year when we passed through the city after our music festival in Spain and my opinion did not change the second time I was there. It is an extremely artistic and beautiful city that has a colorful, youthful, and exciting vibe. Every corner you turn when you walk down the street displays a new art piece or a unique character that you would not meet anywhere else. The people are extremely laid back, open, and fun. The food is delicious and fresh. The nightlife is lively and never-ending. I would live in Barcelona in a heartbeat, if I had the chance.
Kara, my good friend from Rendola, came and met us in Barcelona for the first 3 nights. I can’t even explain how ecstatic I was to see her lovely face! We had a lot of catching up to do and even more reminiscing about Rendola.
We stayed at the Sunshine Guesthouse that was colorful, clean, and comfortable. We became really good friends with the hostel’s caretaker, Moti, and his friend, Atar. The first night they took us out to a festival that happens yearly in a section of Barcelona called Gracia. The concept of the festival is that every neighborhood competes to win best decorated street. Every street was filled with crazy decorations, and they had various musical acts playing in different streets. We had a blast dancing all night and walking through the colorful streets.
The next day we decided to take it easy and spend the day on the beach. Like any city with a beach, the main beach in Barcelona is really gross. So, we took the metro a few stops away to the beautiful, bright blue beaches of Spain that I remembered from last year.
Our stay at Barcelona mostly consisted of staying up all night partying and sleeping on the beach during the day, but we did manage to fit in some cultural things as well. While Kara was here, we visited Parc Guell. Parc Guell was designed by the infamous architect, Antonio Gaudi, who was known for using natural and organic forms. His work was inspired by nature and was very magical.
We also managed to see some Spanish Flaminco. The show had a band with drums, guitar, singers, and dancers. Words cannot express the emotions I felt when watching the show. The singers were singing directly from their soul and the dancers put their full energy into every movement they made. There was so much emotion and talent in the performance. It is rare to see such an act.
And we visited Casa Batllo, or “Gaudi House,” which was one of Gaudi’s most prized masterpieces. It felt like I was walking through a fantasy world when I walked through the building. Every inch of the house was designed with consideration. Gaudi was way ahead of his time and created things to be eco-friendly. He made sure to use as much natural lighting as possible and invented a great ventilation system so that fresh air could flow through the house freely.
We all then went out to a bar called Chupitos that served 2 Euro flaming fire shots. I have never seen anything like it! It was a load of fun.
After a few more bars, we ended up on the beach playing guitar with a crowd of people. Liz and I had a blast playing with each other and the crowd loved it! Afterwards, we talked about it and really regretted not bringing instruments. We ended up staying at the beach until 6am, which was one hour before we had to leave for the airport. I still had sand on my feet when I got to the airport. You see, we originally wanted to make an early night, but early nights are not a thing in Barcelona. We were tired all day while traveling, but we didn’t regret a thing. If anything, it just made it easier to sleep on the plane.