The sun, the sand, the sea! Now, I could handle this on a more regular basis!! With so much to do and see in Barcelona, I opted for the only sensible choice, a day at the beach! Actually it was partly a way to explore that side of town and have a good walk down through the beach area of Barcelona, and I couldn’t have wished for a nicer day to go and do it!
Looking at my map (yes, the Shari one!) it looked easy enough….head out to the bottom of the Ramblas, turn left and basically keep walking. Had there not been a port and several buildings in the way, this would, indeed have been pretty simple. As it was, I ended up following my nose for a while and trying to keep as close to the shore as possible. This wasn’t always that easy and I ended up slightly off track (rather fortunately as it turned out) and figuring the way back to where I wanted to be, headed on through a delightful little park! Perfectly peaceful and just away from the usual tourist crowds, walking through I felt genuinely lucky I had got slightly lost!
The park took me out onto the sea front and the beach. I was somewhat surprised at how quiet it was but guessed it was now out of school holidays and a lot of the usual tourists were safely locked up in their jobs at home! All the better for me! Not really thinking before I came out this morning, I hadn’t packed a towel (as if one of those travel towels would actually do me any good on a beach) so decided my bum was better placed on one of the grassy banks than on the sand itself. From there I could soak up the sun, read my book and admire the beautiful ladies without getting sand all over my backside!
Feeling the heat slightly I ended up going for a couple of beers in the shade, and have to admit, for the first time on this trip, sat back and just relaxed! It was at that moment I really started to feel like I was travelling and really enjoying seeing somewhere new yet able to unwind and start taking it all in!
I met up with a few of my roommates later in the afternoon (a couple e of Scottish lads who had come to Barcelona to try and find some work and a guy from Oz). What we did that evening, was, well, rather British! We managed to get a few more guys (and Francis, the girl who was asleep in my room when I arrived yesterday) together and headed out to a bar to watch football! Yep, here I was in Barcelona, watching Man U in the Champions League in an Irish bar! Of the things I said I’d avoid on my travels, this was number 2 (right behind 1: Have a McDonalds). I successfully managed to knock number 3 off the last as well before we got home by tucking into a rather tasty kebab!
Tags: Barcelona, beach, beer, football, Spain, Travel