Travel Diary: Barcelona

Oh, where to begin? I'm currently writing from the couch, jet lagged and cross-eyed, but I can't get over our 10-day trip to Spain. 

Last week, we started the trip in Barcelona and as a first-timer, I was blown away. The people, the architecture and the lifestyle are unlike anything I've ever experienced. It's extremely diverse, the food is to die for and the nightlife is unbelievable. I wish I could've stayed longer (just means I'll have to plan another trip back). 

As soon as we arrived at our Airbnb, we hit the ground running in an attempt to make the most of our precious couple of days. We met up with friends for food, took a baby nap and got ready for the club. Our pregame began at 11pm, and we were planning to ARRIVE by 2am. It didn't even open until 1. Apparently that's the Barca way, so I'd never survive if I lived there. We partied until the crack of dawn at Razzmatazz, a five-story club equipped with two DJs in the bathroom. Insane. Amazing, but insane.  

The next day, we checked off some touristy activities, starting with La Sagrada Família. The architecture of this church is incredible (pics below). The view from the top wasn't all I expected, as it was quite a small area, but I wouldn't pass it up if you get the chance to go. After a quick break for coffee, we headed to Park Güell. By headed, I mean we practically crawled uphill to this thing. Be prepared with walking shoes. However, once we got to the top, the views were breathtaking and the details of Gaudí's work were everywhere. By that time, I was ready for a nap and shower. We ended the day with dinner at Bestial, a Mediterranean restaurant with a cute outdoor tarrace facing the sea. Highly recommended, and go for the rigatoni with mozzarella, tomato and basil.

To sum it up: the people never sleep, "second dinners" are a thing, the market is king of all markets and be prepared to fall in love.