Preparing for Barcelona
My first ever trip to Europe is taking me to Catalonia! Over the past few months, my girlfriend and I have made sure that the trip has been paid for (no debt, yay), so now I’ve only got a week and a half left to worry about where my passport is (the same place it always is), compulsively check the weather, and update my 6 page spreadsheet with the latest Airbnb and itinerary details.
Okay, so I do genuinely love planning the heck out of my vacations, but I really am trying to keep this trip relaxing, fun, and spontaneous enough to allow room for adventure. (Can you schedule your spontaneity, because I will try.) I know where we are sleeping, I have tickets for the attractions that require a reservation, and our rental car is booked for our coastal road trip. Other than that, I’m willing to go with the flow.
Allison’s preferred method of travel is much more carefree and she is willing to explore without knowing where she will stop for the night, but when I think about that it feels like a wave of anxiety is about to crash over me. I am grateful that she is comfortable with my push for a more structured plan. This will be our big trip together and I’m feeling really good about finding a balance between our two travel styles.
Here is what our itinerary looks like for our whirlwind week in Catalonia:
Day 1 - Arrive in Barcelona/check in to our Airbnb. Eat whatever food is closest and smells the best.
Day 2 - Walking tour of all things Gaudi. Find churros.
Day 3 - Monserrat/Gay Nightclub.
Day 4 - Remember we’re not 23 and wake up with a hangover. Drive to Girona.
Day 5 - Lloret De Mar.
Day 6 - Winery Tours/Drive back to Barcelona.
Day 7 - Fly to New York.
Day 8 - Separate gates and lots of sadness.