Barcelona is about to become my host city in few weeks, decision made. After the palm-trees of Bali, I am ready to dive into my second expatriation experience, with the palm-trees of Barcelona. Very different though, these two places have a few things in common that attract me, the sea or ocean, sunny days, a certain lifestyle, mostly outside and some amazing nature corners (+1 for Bali on this point of course 😀 ). So I discovered for the first time this city a few days ago, with a bit of apprehension to feel lost in the big busy city, as I love quiet and fresh natural air, but Barcelona has more to surprise me.
How long am I going to stay in Barcelona? I have no idea. I know this answer makes a lot of people freak out, but that’s the only one that I have, because I plan to stay there as long as I feel good there, and I am enjoying it.
Thanks to my freelance job and the possibility in Barcelona to easily find a second job if that’s necessary, I can keep mixing travelling, being an expatriate and working at the same time, as I did for the first time in Asia, in Thailand and Bali.
So I went for a mini-discovery weekend in Barcelona, also to visit my future room in the apartment I will share with 3 other roommates. I will have to get use to live again in a big city, but I enjoyed walking around the different places, with an infinite choice of food, delicious tapas, healthy juices as in Bali and brunch, all that for cheaper than in France.
I decided to wait before sharing spots and adresses, to feel a bit more like a “local”, also before preparing a city-guide and reviews of my favorite places in Barcelona.
I plan to look for coworking spaces, nice cafés with wifi and a yoga center where I will go as often as possible, I really want to improve my practice once for good!
I had the incredible chance to randomly book my trip during the Festa of Gracia, this North area of Barcelona. It was the 200th edition of these festivities, where all the neighborhood make cute decorations on the streets, with concerts, playgrounds and food everywhere in the area. Some kind of village in the city, Gracia is an adorable place, that I only saw during the Festa.
72 hours in the city was short for someone enjoying slow travel, but it was the occasion to feel the atmosphere of Barcelona, before making it my home for a while.
Do you know Barcelona? What is your favorite place?