Sometimes I forget how unbelievably wonderful my parents are, but then they go and do something like buy me a ticket to Barcelona for my birthday so I can go there with them to visit the city for their first time (and see our friend Jordan (p.s. happy birthday JoRo))!
About two weeks after my 27th I flew over to Barca and crashed with them and Jordan for the next 3.5 days for tapas, shopping and a whole lot of Vitamin D (which was so desperately needed, my mom said I looked like a ghost).
We stayed in Eixample at the Avenida Palace, which was great for my shopaholic tendencies but horrible for my bank account, next to a bar called Obama, which I can recommend if you want a small place with live music most nights – but beware the pseudo-colonialist interior…
Other new discoveries (this was my first time there for more than one day (2011) /not-for-work (2016):
El Nacional – the interior starts with the greenery that you can see below, and it’s sort of a food hall but it is so beautiful inside. And you absolutely have to check out the bathrooms. Trust.
Cerveseria Catalana – I thought that Tast was the cutest/nicest/smallest place for tapas and was so sold on it being my one & only (we ate there like 6 times in 2016) until Jordan took us to Cerveseria Catalana, which was honestly some of the best food of my entire life. Luckily Jordan, Dad & I decided to split a bottle of cava during dinner to really enjoy it.
Canarian cheese – So I didn’t actually try this in a resto, but Jordan invited me to his place then out with his roommates, who were some of the nicest people ever. One of his roommates happened to be from the Canaries, and we had some nice jokes about both being from Africa 😉 but then he brought out some Canarian cheese to pair with the wine of the night and omg, our trip to Fuerteventura might have been influenced by this. Thank you boys. From the bottom of my heart.
Check out some more shots below – I’m not sharing so many since I took about 300 shots with my new Olympus Mark II.
With my new Veja shoes
If you have any other recs for when I finally convince PJ to visit Barcelona with me, please let me know! We’re especially suckers for great fuet sandwiches, Barcelona FC & ice cream.