If there is heaven on earth, it's definitely in Spain. Just upon arriving in Barcelona I felt like I was having an outer body experience. My face formed a smile that didn’t wear off until the end of my visit. My heart was beating faster. My soul had found her home.
Barcelona is one of those cities that never sleeps. I arrived late at night and the streets were filled with tourists and locals like the day had just started. La Rambla, one of the touristically most popular streets in Barcelona, was crowded with people walking up and down, gazing at souvenir shops. The ones who got tired of walking through that tree-lined promenade found comfortable spots at nearby cafes and restaurants. And how could they not, as who could resist the smell of Spanish delicacies? Traditional food and drinks are something you must try; I especially loved sangria, an alcoholic drink consisting of red wine mixed with chopped fruit.
If you are not that hungry but you would like a perfect snack to accompany sangria, beer or some other beverage you are trying, I suggest you look for tapas bars and keep on crawling from one to another; well, not all of them because there are hundreds all over Barcelona. Manchego cheese, pan con tomate and fuet still make my mouth water by just reminiscing. Visiting tapas bars is not mainly a touristy thing, it's something that Spanish people do on a regular basis. So if you want the full Spanish experience, that is a good place to start.
You can see why I was so charmed by night in Spain but the daytime was even better. Another great thing about Barcelona is the amazing warm weather. Sunshine followed me throughout all the 5 days I was there. No matter which path you decide to follow, you are surrounded by beauty everywhere you look.
The architecture is really one of a kind. Barcelona is famous for the architectural masterpieces of Antoni Gaudí, the famous late 19th-century architect who combined his three passions in life of nature, architecture, and religion. His most known work is the church of Sagrada Família, which is definitely beautiful and unique. However, the buildings that took my breath away were La Pedrera and Casa Batlló. Parc Güell is a garden complex that contains dynamically-designed buildings including Gaudí’s house. I was mesmerized with a walk through nature there, passing by his unique architectural artwork.
Walking barefoot on the beach is also something you must try while in Barcelona. If you are there during the summertime, you can swim in the Mediterranean Sea and if not, you can enjoy the views and inhale the fresh, salty air like I did this time.
The local people are amazing. They are friendly and if your GPS fails they will gladly give you directions. But an important piece of advice is if you will be taking the bus, make sure to bring your headphones, as in my experience people tend to talk a lot. So due to my knowledge of Spanish and my tendency to forget my headphones, I learned about a lot of NSA relationships of some girl even though I really didn't want to. I prefer the metro to buses, probably because you can often come across street musicians playing Spanish songs, and I couldn't imagine a better way to get to some of the city locations that are further away.
The language is incredible. I always loved it so much that I learned it as a kid, dreaming that someday I would visit Spain. So being there was like a dream come true. Hearing and speaking the language was an experience in itself. But even if you don't know the language, it's really easy on the ear and filled with certain sexual tensions. I guess that's why Spanish guys are so good with the ladies; they just have to speak without even paying attention to the words because anything they say sounds seductive.
I could write for days and I wouldn't be able to put into words everything Barcelona has to offer. It's not just what you see, it's what you feel while you are there. I hope this article has inspired you to go and feel it for yourself too, to book a ticket or at least put Barcelona as #1 on your traveling wish list.