Barcelona Diary – Part I
So I mentioned in my last post that we had some great days in Barcelona during the last week of August. Christoffer has been loving this city for quite a while, even having spend a whole summer there back in the days (and of course being a huge FC Barcelona fan), I however had never been there and am more of an “American girl” myself.
But boy, did this city wrap me around its fingers…
But let us start at the beginning. We arrived on Tuesday, the 27th of August, both at exactly 11:40 am – Christoffer from Frankfurt and I from Copenhagen. Off we went towards the city in a taxi (guys, DO take a taxi – it is only around 30 Euro into the city center and especially when you are 3-4 people it is definitely worth the money, considering the heat and the time you save). We were able to check into our room early and got room 418 on the 4th floor of the K+K Hotel Picasso with a beautiful view on the “Parc de la Ciutadella”, which started across from our hotel and also includes the Barcelona Zoo.
While I was unpacking our suitcases Christoffer had went downstairs, supposedly to arrange some lunch (which was a bit weird looking back, because even I knew already that you can just leave your hotel and hit the closest restaurant when being hungry). However, I did not think about it too much back then because I was busy trying on some things I had gotten shipped to the hotel beforehand (I wanted to make sure I actually get the Zara pieces I had laid eyes on online). A big thank you to the hotel staff at this point who had been super sweet answering my questions beforehand, taking my packages when they arrived, and last but not least bringing them up to my room after our arrival. They also asked again if I really got them before we checked out (it was someone else from the day we checked in so fair enough).
When Christoffer finally came back he presented me with a lovely little box from the spa next door. He unfortunately had to leave again for Germany the very same night due to a business meeting the next day he had to attend, and because he felt so bad about it he wanted to make up for it. Skat, you are the best! He had booked me the “Argan Treatment” – which included a 1.5 hour aromatherapy massage and 1.5 hours of using their spa amenities (more about that at a later point).
To not lose any more time we then headed into the city at around 13:00 and walked and walked and walked. Well, at first he showed me a bit of the El Born district our hotel was located in and we had dinner at Cheese Me (cheesy name, I know). Afterwards the walking began and we walked all the way towards “La Rambla” one of the most popular streets in Barcelona dividing Barri Gòtic and El Raval – with lots of tourists and even more pickpockets (I still am clutching my purse, even being back in Copenhagen). We also managed to hit Zara and some other stores reeeaaally quickly (but more about that in a YT video, including a little haul overview).
We were back at the hotel at around 16:00 in time to relax for an hour and to get Christoffer’s overnight bag ready. He unfortunately had to leave again at 17:00 and I left at the very same time, exploring
Barcelona the shopping street more closely. And I actually ended up buying the lovely cape I showed you in the previous post and made a major steal on a summer dress and a striped sweater (sweater and dress together for 19 Euro only). On the way back I picked up some crisps, toothpaste (2x – my favorite herbal one) and some soda and paid 5 Euro only – yeah for the cheap prices in Spain, and went back to the hotel. I was so tired from all the walking and the heat that I basically fell asleep asap after a great first day in Barcelona.