I’m writing this from around the corner of the Sagrada Familia where I picked up an apartment for the last few nights; solid spot. I’m just getting acquainted with this beautiful lady of a city called Barcelona and all I can really say is that, well, she’s cool. I have merely scratched the surface of what it’s like here but I like it, a lot. When I first got here, my batteries were on that blinking light from a wild time in Belgrade but now that I’m back in the green, everything is rolling full steam and so glad I finally made it to Barcelona…
I’ve been doing a mix of this and that with lots of seriously long sunny sidewalk strolls. When you’re on a roll it doesn’t really matter where you go because wherever you end up is somehow where you were meant to be, yes? On these random strolls I’ve found myself by the beach, La Rambla, Barcelona Cathedral, in the gothic quarter, at the Sagrada Familia and even made a trip up to get an eagle eye view of this fine city from Park Guell. That Gaudi was a real genius and I spent the day today just strolling around. I can see why people fall in love with this place, it’s quite easy to do.
I will mention that the subway to Barceloneta which is the stop by the beach is utter madness and I’ve learned first hand what it’s like to be a sardine in a tin. I will mention that you should watch your stuff and it’s not that I feel this city is dangerous, it’s just there is so much going on with so many people from all around the world staring at the sights that it’s no surprise stuff goes missing from time to time. It’s simple math and one could also say “welcome to the big city”. Sights aside which I’ve only seen a sliver of, this place is just cool.
I’ve been lost, I’ve asked questions and I’ve had chats with randoms on the streets; everyone for the most part was beyond hospitable, helpful and happy. The vibe here is contagious and as I’ve mentioned before and will do again, I’ve only tasted this city ever so slightly. What a predicament I find myself in now as I’ve got an ambitious plan of sorts to see more of Spain but quite happy just hanging out here in Barcelona. If you like ham, you’re in heaven as I’ve never seen so much. The tapas on countless street corners are delicious and this place is also quite reasonably priced for such an international city on the beach…
Tomorrow I have to check out of my pad and I’m torn as to what I’m going to do. I do believe the only reasonable thing to do is take a bus to Andorra for a few days to hang out in the Pyrenees before returning for another day or so and heading south. I wanted to make it here in 2010 when I was riding the rails but sadly, the connection I wanted was full and as a result, I never made it. That said, had I made it, I wouldn’t have enjoyed the last two days here with my current mindset which is clearly different than it ever could have been four years ago and a little clearer, might I add.
I always say it’s important to live somewhere inspiring if you work for yourself and this city most certainly is. Barcelona is cool and if I didn’t have a flight to Rome from Valencia on the second of September, perhaps I’d look into apartments. That said, when seeking out asylums to spend time and get down to business; you can always come back. Barcelona is beyond easy to get to with most major airlines and yeah; thrilled I made it. If the whole world is one big school, and you’ve hung with lots of its students; you always appreciate coming somewhere new and meeting a city that’s cool.
I’d continue but last minute planning / scrambling aka SHABL’s specialty is in order for tomorrow.
P.S: My Spanish is skyrocketing in the short amount of time here; indeed.