You may be wondering if we did more than sleep and attempt to buy train tickets in Barcelona. Yes, we did! Eventually, we ventured out of our hotel to see the sights.
When we first left our space-like sleep chamber, we ended up on a nearby side street with various fruit shops. We would stop into one and buy something that looked deliciously ripe. Then we would go outside to eat it just in time to visit the next shop. I’m sure the store clerks were annoyed that we were only buying one piece of fruit at a time, but it saved us from carrying anything (and saved the environment from one more bag).
We did not enter the meat shop on the same street as the fruit stores. But we did spy through the window. Leg after leg of meat hanging by the hooves was quite a sight to behold. Legs of meat aren’t as immediately edible as fruit, so it wasn’t so practical to pick one up on this outing.
Our initial process of sightseeing was basically to wander. We had a map and general direction in mind, but stopped whenever we saw something of interest.
Perhaps our tanned skin made us look a bit like Spaniards or perhaps we carried ourselves with purpose. But it was a bit comical when other tourists would ask us for directions as we wandered. We didn’t even speak Spanish! (Incidentally, this also happened to me on a trip to Mexico. Natives would start speaking to me in rapid fire Spanish.)
I thoroughly enjoyed our somewhat aimless walk. We saw some beautiful architecture and panoramic views of Barcelona as the sun set.
As we started walking back toward the hotel at 10:30 PM, I felt a rumbling in my tummy. That 1 PM lunch wasn’t going to keep me full forever!
We stopped into a restaurant and asked to be seated outside. It was such a lovely summer night. We had just been in winter in the southern hemisphere for much of our summer and then experienced the extreme heat of Dubai, so night in Barcelona was just the right temperature for dining al fresco.
But we were the only people outside and the servers looked at us funny when we asked. Maybe they were annoyed that were creating more work for them. Outside is a longer walk with more doors.
After our 3-course lunch, of course we had to have a 3-course dinner. Again, this one came with wine. We had recovered enough by this point to partake. But there was SO. MUCH. FOOD. Just look at the appetizers they served us! We still had 2 more courses after that.
After finishing our meal, we laid down on the sidewalk and rolled back to the hotel. No wait, that’s just what I wished we had done. We stumbled home full and happy, ready to sleep in preparation for another day of eating our way through Barcelona.
- Do you make an effort to buy fresh fruit while traveling?
- Do you prefer to see meat in small packages or full legs with hooves? Do the hooves freak you out or is it a good natural reminder of the source?
- Do you prefer to wander or have a plan while traveling? What about in life?
- As a tourist, do you ever get mistaken for a local?
- Do you seize opportunities to eat outdoors? Even when everyone else is inside?