The Drunken Traveler: Barcelona
Eli's Travel Blog
January 19th, 2016
So you're going to Barcelona...
Barcelona is, so far, my favorite city that I have been to. I went during the early summer, a.k.a. primetime. The weather was perfect, and an entire day was dedicated to walking down all eight of Barcelona’s beaches (yes, including the nudie ones). That’s not to say that Barcelona is only for those looking for a beach vacation, because the best part of Barcelona is that it has everything for all sorts of people, especially people like me.
For foodies, the seafood and tapas and paella cannot be beat. I could eat tapas for days and I don't even care if I have no idea what anything I'm eating is. For those seeking a nightlife that is literally unlike any other city, Barcelona is the place to be. Prefer museums and architecture and casual sightseeing? To each their own, but yeah there's places for you guys, too. Sports fan? So is everyone in Barcelona. You'll never see a city care so much about something like Barcelona cares about their soccer team.
What's to love?
3. The food is delicious
My first meal here, I accidentally spent 50 euros because I kept ordering tapas, like literally one or two of everything. Whatever, it was worth it. I also ate a shit ton of dessert here. Gelato is a solid choice for dessert, but if ice cream isn’t your thing, you've got plenty of options. Very few cultures do pastries like the Catalans do, so gorge yourself on some sweets and show off that food baby to the babes on the beach.
2. The nightlife is more like early-morning-life
In my town where I go to college, the bars and clubs all close at 1 AM. In Barcelona, you're a fucking loser if you go to a club at 1 AM. Shit doesn't get going until well past your bedtime, so don't even bother going to a club if you don't plan on running down the beach naked at 7 AM. Alright, maybe take it down a notch but in all seriousness, you will learn a thing or ten from how the Spanish party. It is pure debauchery. I watched in awe as people walked out of the club as it closed, and proceeded to just chill on the beach and drink even more, probably already waiting for the club to open again. Unreal. If that just isn’t your thing, there are hundreds of other options out there. From clubs to casual bars to small concert venues, there is no shortage of things to do. Just learn to keep up and you'll be fine.
1. The atmosphere is indescribable
What I loved most about Barcelona is that it just felt… right. As lame as that sounds, that's the only way to describe it. Walking along the beach, perfect weather, and just watching people enjoy life gave for a strange vibe of just feeling like life is as good as it gets. Yeah, I don't know how to describe it without resorting to some form of poetry so I'll just leave it at that. Experience it for yourself.
What to Watch Out For, My Tips, and My Thoughts continued on the next page