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When in doubt, book a plane ticket (or how I ended up with a last-minute trip to Barcelona)

La Boqueria market

Excited about the food in Barcelona!

That title is a mouthful but it’s pretty apt. You see, as much as I love Berlin in the month of May (best weather all year—sort of!), sometimes you just need to escape. I’ve been entrenched in German culture for the vast majority of my winter (think sausages, cold, Christmas and more cold), so as the weather has started to break, I’ve been itching to get moving again.

When the chance to visit Barcelona came up, I pretty much jumped at the opportunity. It’s been a year since I last visited, and it’s one of those cities that I know I’m supposed to like, but I just haven’t found my own way there. I was always one of those tourists who preferred Madrid over Barcelona, despite all signs that I should prefer BCN to Madrid. For starters, it has a beach and I’m a bit of a beach fiend.

This time around I’ll be relaxing on the beach (weather permitting) and researching some cool spots to  include in a future hipster city guide. On my last visit to Barcelona, I only really had two nights and pretty much saw the basic tourist sites—especially along Las Ramblas. For this visit I’ll try to delve into the city’s underground and see what I can discover. But I’m also terrible at planning, so I’m going to do the bulk of the exploration in person when I’m there…rather than online. If you’ve got some recommendations, feel free to shout ’em out or share them with me here or on Facebook.

I’m also going to experiment more with video blogging. The goal is to create videos for my new YouTube channel from the trip. Hopefully one video for each day. It’s a test, though, as I haven’t ever done a daily vlog before. If you haven’t seen my new video blog (where I’m trying to be more personal), you can check it out here. The name is still pending, though. Have a suggestion? The “Travels of Adam Vlog” just sounds dopey to me.

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Special thanks for this upcoming trip goes to European budget airline darling, Vueling, who is helping me get to the city. They’ve been advertising all over Berlin since they opened up their Berlin—Barcelona route last year. Ever since I flew with them in 2012, I’ve pretty much raved about their style and design. You can read my full review here.

Besides my airfare being covered by an airline I know and trust, this is a totally solo trip. No expectations except my own personal travel goals — which is to (1) relax, (2) have fun, (3) explore the hipster side of BCN. If the weather’s not great (fingers crossed that it is!), I’ll just head out of town for the day to see if I can’t find the Spanish sunshine I so desperately need.

Have a hipster Barcelona tip? Share it with me, please :)

  1. Kate says:

    Really looking forward to the videos Adam!

    • Adam says:

      Thanks Kate! I’m just doing them in a simple vlog style which helps to keep me sane. If I can shoot some really pretty footage I’ll also make a proper travelogue video as well.

  2. Charley M says:

    I just booked a trip to Barcelona for the beginning of July – my first time ever in Spain! When are you there Adam?

    Looking forward to seeing your videos and reading some tips from commenters here :)

    • Adam says:

      Videos are on their way, Charley – but I’ve already posted some photos and more to Facebook. Stay tuned!

  3. Jeruen says:

    It’s rather cold here; I am not sure your beach plans are gonna work, unless you want a chilly beach experience! :-/

    • Adam says:

      Ugh, I know!!! It was a bit of a bummer but I still managed to have a good time. Hope you also enjoyed Barcelona!

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