They say you can never forget your first love. Well, my first love was Spain. Do you remember Spanish “Rebelde Way” TV series? I couldn`t stop watching and dreaming about visiting Spain one day. I remember clearly the unlimited desire to see Sagrada Familia when I saw the picture in an old magazine.
By that time I was around ten or eleven and being able to travel and see those places seemed to be unreal. The name of the journal was Liza, and I remember going through the pages to find the articles about traveling. The last one was about Venice, and there was a stunning picture of the canal. I cut the photo and kept it as a reminder that the world is much bigger than my country, and that if something is far away and seems impossible to reach, I must do whatever it takes to get there.
Guess what?! This is the exact place where the picture from the magazine was taken, and this is the photo taken by me.
This may sound cheesy and cliché, but dare to dream big. Turn your dreams into goals and devote yourself to achieving them. I`ve adopted the rule of 30 minutes, that’s how I call it. No matter how tired or sick I am, I’ll spend 30 minutes every single day working on my goal(s). Half an hour is not a long time, as we spend hours scrolling through Facebook. But if every day you spend 30 minutes, let`s say, learning Italian, by the end of the year you will be fluent in it.
Ok, ok, I didn`t forget the topic of this post: Spain. I just have so many feelings attached to it. If you follow my journey, my cousin and I went to Spain after France. The first city was Barcelona. We took a bus from Cannes to Barcelona (FlixBus, 29 EUROS). There were policemen checking our IDs on the border in their usual manner: if you don`t look European, you must be an illegal immigrant.
It was a fun road trip thanks to the strange Italian man, who was smoking weed in the small toilet of our bus and was eventually kicked out of the bus, a girl with torn tights, who was flirting with that man and bunch of other weirdos like us. 🙂
During two weeks in Spain, we visited Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid and Toledo.
Barcelona: This city in Catalonia is for everyone! If you are fond of architecture, you will find the best creations of Gaudi. If you like partying, having fun, going out, this city is full of clubs, there are lots of festivals throughout the year, and people spend a lot of time outside enjoying their morning coffee or dining somewhere in the downtown. If you like spending your vacation near the sea, Balearic sea is right next to you.
Usually, I don`t buy bus tickets and I prefer to walk in new cities, but Barcelona is pretty big, and many beautiful places are too far from each other. I would suggest buying a daily ticket and spending more than 4 days in Barcelona to enjoy the active, friendly and sunny city. Take into consideration that it is a very touristic city and you should be careful with your belongings.
Barcelona is one of the best cities for life (according to my chart, of course). It is suitable for young people, for artists, students, travelers, and digital nomads. I wish I could stay there longer, but I had to continue my journey. My next blog post is coming soon, if you want to learn more about our experiences in Valencia, Madrid, and Toledo.