When I started this blog, part of me said: “You are not just a Star Trek geek!” And that part was right. I’m also a Whovian, a beginner blogger, a starter youtuber, and a human being who tries to manage to escape from the everyday life every now and then. A traveller if you like, but it barely happens once or twice a year in terms of going abroad. Usually I’m always going for a vacation around October, the weather is still good enough and I can get cheap tickets as well… something that always worth considering. :) So let’s jump into this… :)
Barcelona – 2 days in the Catalan capital!
I’ve been in Barcelona 2 years ago, but staying a few days is never really enough to fully experience the culture of one city and its surroundings. I've spent 3 days in Barcelona and I loved it. The city is really nice. Spent quite a few hours walking around La Rambla. That’s basically the Portobello Road (London, UK) of Barcelona, only bigger and longer. :) Seeing the street artists, the lot of restaurants, the shops is fascinating. The street ends in Port Veil, which is basically the shopping and maritime area of the city. The amount of yacht, and ferries are just magnificent. Just the view to Montjuic is beautiful, not to mention the funicular that connects the port with the mountain.
Montserrat – 1 day above the clouds
Lisbon – 3 days in the Portuguese Capital
After 3 days of staying around Spain I’ve flew over to Lisbon, where I’ve never been. The city is very compact compare to a giant like London, or even Barcelona. I didn’t really had o use any public transportation over the 3 days as I walked everywhere. It sounds a bit crazy, but the overall walking was about 12 km a day. Quite a lot indeed. The main attraction for me was definitely to see the good old trams and try the Portuguese food… well, at least the ones without fish and meat. :) Being a vegetarian is a bit hard in a city where they serve fish and meet almost with every meal. But fortunately the pastry shops fully prepared for non-meat eaters. Pao Deus, Pastel De Nata, the different type of croissants are just what the doctor can order for sickness. Off course after a few days you will need something else then sweets… for a non-vegetarian that’s a bit harder to manage, although there’s a few vegan restaurant around the city. I wasn’t able to try the tram… the historic route 28. The queue was enormous every time and the same applies to the escalator as well. In the last day I decided to follow the tram which was a good idea as it turned out. Walking along the city although is a really nice experience as you can discover many hidden place that not necessarily in the tourist guide. The two bridge is something that personally I recommend to see. There’s two big and scenic bridge in the city. The Vasco De Gama bridge which is the longest one in Europe, and the 25th of April which from the far looks like the good old Golden Gate in San Francisco. What a view. :)
Summary, alias what I’ve learned
I believe there’s many things that I would be able to talk about, but I have to save something for later and this article already got quite long. :) I really enjoyed staying in both cities. In both case I’ve used Airbnb as my living option. I’ve never tried it before, but in both cities I’ve had nice experience to getting to know different people and get a glimpse of their life. When we are living in a big city, maintaining our life, we often find ourselves falling into habits that can cause us problems. We always complaining about traffic, people, money, expensive and the list goes on… generally we always have something to get annoyed about. Travelling is certainly a really good way to get to see how other people deal with different situations, how is their life going. Talking with many people during my travel I realized quite a lot of things about myself, about the place and life itself. Without going into too deep on self-analysis I believe getting out from the comfort zone, from the usual atmosphere… that’s when personal growth happens. Do not travel just for because of the destination, to take the same photo from the same angle as everyone, but to meet people and grow emotionally. After all, we are mortals. All we have is our memories, experiences and that’s what really worth travelling for.