We have had a little holiday in Barcelona. February is, in my view, the most difficult, drab, dull month of the whole year and a chance to visit Spain was irresistible. There’s quite a bit to tell you about over the next few blog posts and this is also a nice way for me to re-live the experience.
I went there with Rachel, my wife. We were there for a week and returned over the last weekend. Re-adjusting to the cold, heavy thick clouds has been more of a shock now we have returned: I can certainly understand why many decide to settle in Spain on a semi permanent basis.
The main regret which springs to mind is that I didn’t get talking to enough people while I was there – as you know I do like chatting!
Another regret is that we only scratched the surface of this fascinating city and generally I don’t return to places I’ve already been to (but this could be an exception).
Regret number three is that I ate far too much food at breakfast time – this was a ‘help yourself’ buffet and we weren’t exactly hungry for the rest of the day. Most days we’d simply have a snack in the late afternoon following this enormous breakfast.
We flew from Luton airport, so not too far for us. It always amazes me how far you can go in a couple of hours. By bike you can make roughly 30 miles. By car I could drive to Bristol, just over 100 miles away. Through flying we can reach the Mediterranean Sea and I do love flying! I always love bagging a window seat and pressing my nose against the window to watch the world beneath flash by – it’s brilliant for all kinds of mind wandering, day dreaming, chewing things over.
While we were there
- I had a run each morning along the seafront (and managed to misjudged an obstacle causing me to fall and damage my elbow and shoulder)
- Got chatting to the staff inside a vegan restaurant – more to follow
- Saw some homeless men who use bicycles to keep their worldly possessions moving along – more to follow
- Got talking to a bike rental shop manager
- Hired some city bikes
- Got talking to a cyclist who is a fan of vintage bicycles, which lead to some interesting correspondence – more to follow
- Appreciated the near perfect climate and feeling of well-being that seems to be in places like Barcelona
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