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A trip to Barcelona- Part 2

A trip to Barcelona- Part 2

If you haven’t already, go have a read at my last post, which is also the first part of my trip to Barcelona posts!

I’m telling you everything in case you are interested in visiting or are just curious about my experience. As Barcelona is more and more an overcrowded destination, I urge you to visit it in the low season months and visit more than just the Ramblas or La Sagrada Familia, not only to protect the beautiful city but also so you can have a better experience as a tourist. Be a sustainable traveller.

To be honest, I wish I could have visited more off the beaten track places but unfortunately, I didn’t have the opportunity to do so.

As I told you in my last post, I had been craving a paella all day, so that’s what I ate. The next day I woke up feeling horrible and had to rush to the toilet. As I thought it was just a one-time episode, I went to eat the bottomless breakfast and guess what – it wasn’t a one-time episode!

I was determined to have the best time in Barcelona, so the first stop of the day was Park Guell. If you ever go to Barcelona, this attraction will probably be on your must-visit list. However, I don’t think it’s worth the money. In all the photos that I’ve seen, this looked like a beautiful and even relaxing place to visit, but I was disappointed by the number of people and the construction that was taking place at the site. You can still visit the rest of the park for free, so do it! It’s much more peaceful and you can also see the paid part – you’re just a little bit further away. Maybe the visit was spoiled by the fact that I wasn’t at my best, but I’m quite sure my opinion would stay the same even if I was.


The next stop was a cliché – La Sagrada Familia. But I was happy to find a place to see the church from a different perspective, one that to be honest I haven’t seen before in photos.

And then it was time to go to the place I was more excited to visit, the escape room! If you don’t know what it is or never tried one before, you definitely have to. Mischke wrote a post about an escape room that you need to know about, so give it a read!

Of course it was too good to be true, and while my friends were in a ‘hospital’ inside the escape room, I had to go to a real hospital. I kept throwing up and, after Googling the symptoms (what you definitely shouldn’t do when you’re sick), I was getting just a little bit paranoid. Fortunately the verdict was not as bad as I thought and … just food poisoning. Yes, probably from that paella that I loved. To be honest, I am one of those people who after being sick because of a specific food can’t eat that food again … so I guess I’m not eating paella ever again.

After taking some medicine I was OK through the rest of the day and we got to visit Montjuic and the beach. By the end of the evening I knew my plans of going out that night were ruined, but seeing it from the bright side, I wasn’t throwing up anymore.


I’m really glad that in the last day the weather was rainy. I didn’t feel bad for having to stay in the hostel to rest and I think the coolest memories are created like that –  unexpectedly. We ended up playing cards, ping pong and had some good conversations.

It was good to come back to my comfy bed, and despite everything, I think we had a great time in Barcelona. Sure it didn’t look so great at the time, but now looking back I can only laugh for the embarrassment it was to throw up in front of people.

Anyway, don’t ever forget to always see the bright side of the situations. In the end, everything will be OK.


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