I’m in bit of a nostalgic mood today, so I thought I’d walk down memory lane. I ventured out to Barcelona alone for five days in September; as a reward for finishing my dissertation. Since I was so wrapped up in submitting my dissertation and moving out of my dorm into my then boyfriend’s house, I neglected to do any research prior to travel. This is not usually my style, but by now I think going with the flow is probably the best method. You never know what you can come across!
1. I’m not opposed to checking out sights alone, but I enjoy being around other people and after a while, I start to crave social company. I headed to Sagrada Familia and loved the time I spent admiring the architecture and being able to leave on my own schedule. But later, in that same day, I kept noticing groups of friends having picnics on the grass, drinking wine in the sun, and I instantly wished I had friends to hang out with! Traveling alone sucks sometimes.
2. I met up with a few cool peeps off Couchsurfing. It was interesting hearing their take of living in the city! And you know, that gave me new friends to drink wine with.
3. I am still impressed by the city infrastructure. The subway is fantastic and the wifi was strong all around. The wifi satisfied the inner tourist within me because I could Snapchat my travels and make friends jealous of the sun exposure I was getting. 😉
**Confession: I bought a 4 day pass for transportation (Hola BCN pass). I saw a guy jump the turnstile and I did as well, because I was en-route to the airport and didn’t want to pay for another day pass. Plus it was 4:30am! But once I got on the subway I read repeated warnings of how if you don’t buy a pass for the airport, you get fined €50 so I stupidly got out one stop before the airport and bought my ticket. Don’t repeat my dumb mistake!
4. It was a bit daunting for the locals not to understand my Spanish. I expected this; I learned Argentine Spanish and I have a foreign accent when speaking that language anyway. Even so, it was disappointing to have people immediately speak to me in English without giving me a chance!
5. Is it just me, or does EVERY tourist end up in a Starbucks at one point during his/her travels for the free wifi?