Sooooo, another post a day May is upon me. Honestly, I have barely written anything since May of last year. Thinking of my head space back then, when I literally just up and left the shambles of my life for three weeks to spend time in Canada with my sister. And what a difference a year makes! Now here I am, happier, healthier, employed and feeling the manifestations of the things that I prayed so hard for during some pretty low moments.
But, that is hardly what this post is about!
For my birthday this year (which is March 1st in case anyone wants to send gifts next year) I went to Barcelona, Spain. I bought these tickets on a whim by searching www.secretflying.com and finding something relatively nearby (Europe instead of Africa or Asia) and this beauty dropped into my lap. The dates were perfect since they allowed me to spend the actual day of my birthday out of the country. These tickets were beautifully priced from Ft. Lauderdale at about $388.00 on Norwegian Airlines, before I added a few upgrades like checked bags and my vegan meals each way.
I had never planned on traveling to Spain before, the first time I ever really took any interest in the country was after I bought my tickets. After that I spent weeks researching things to do in the area, vegan and vegetarian places to eat, how to get around, etc. Listen! Spain is pretty lit!
We stayed in a cute little AirBnB in a really artsy district (Carrer de Pere IV) that was in such close proximity to so many little food places. Every other step there seemed to be some tapas restaurant and some street art. I am hardly a foodie, but boy did I eat a ton. The best thing about these restaurants was that there were SO many vegetarian friendly options on the menu that I was never limited to just a pasta or a salad.
On the first day, after getting lost coming from the airport using the metro, we walked about a mile and a half with suitcases, in the freezing rain to find our place. We were tired after nearly 24 hours of travel and cranky cause of the cold rain and pretty miserable. However, we did find a restaurant where we had Cava (which is the sparkling wine from Spain) Sangria and I had a vegetarian paella. I must say, I love Spanish food, Spanish wine and the vibes of Catalonia was amazing. We sat there eating and drinking and catching up for about three hours.
There was also some pretty dope street art. On nearly every corner in that little district there was some form of street art colorfully sprayed onto doors and walls. There were even local stores who had their logos done in street art form. I thought it was amazing how such an unconventional form of art was not only embraced but encouraged.
That was pretty much the vibe of that trip. Sit, eat, drink, talk and be merry! A VERY special shoutout to Tris, Becca and Eric for tagging along to make this trip very special.
Since I have 29 more days to post, I will be talking about Spain a few more times.