There are not enough words to describe Barcelona.
Fooling around in Amsterdam, and trying to squeeze in a museum visit made me miss my flight to Barcelona! Rookie mistake, I know… Luckily, I was able to grab a seat on the earliest flight available for the next day… Which also gave me time to properly prepare for the upcoming trip, instead of winging it like I usually do, also to catch up on some z’s and deep condition my hair!
My friend and I stayed at TWO Hotel Barcelona by Axel, a chic gay hotel (straight friendly), in the Eixample neighborhood. The neighborhood was extremely central and well connected to various means of transportation that can get you around the city, and is walking distance to many shops, banks and markets. Speaking of markets, La Boqueria Mercat is a must see when in town! We were introduced to the market when we took a cooking class Saturday evening to learn how to make traditional Spanish paella & sangria.(details on the class can be at the end of the article.) The market welcomes tourist and locals and provides you with a variety of fresh vegetables, meat, fish, fruit and other mouth watering edibles :). Just thinking back on it makes me so hungry!
Even with some of our days planned, for the most part it was just based off recommendations from our friends, and random tinder meet ups, haha. We walked around a lot and tried to blend in as locals with our high school level espanol. We missed out on visiting the Picasso museum, they only accept a certain amount on Sunday, so get there early if you want to see it! We did visit the outside of la Sagrada Familia Basilica, which should be on your list, especially if you are a fan of Gaudi’s work.
Parts of the city had an extremely rustic feel to it, while others gave you more of a city vibe. Our nights were spent walking around the city, venturing off onto random streets, viewing the yachts parked at the docks, and drinking in intervals I’m ashamed to admit. Overall, I had a great time and would definitely plan to visit again..
Cooking class info: We reserved a spot in the cooking class by visiting Travel Bar. Our chef, Fernando, was a great teacher and created a really fun cooking environment for us! Highly recommend using Travel Bar for your cooking class in Barcelona.