Two Girls in Barcelona – Ola
The adventure of us two girls ended in Rome… another one began for us in Barcelona! Traveling in Europe can be quite easy if you plan ahead and know which country you want to explore. From Paris we had taken EasyJet to Rome and from Rome, we booked Vuelling for Euro 148.76. The journey took an hour and a half but it was a good flight.
As soon as we landed in the airport, we took the bus to town and with the map in hand, we asked the bus to stop us at Calle Urgell. With our big luggage in tow, we got down to a bus stop and started looking at the road signs for Calle Urgel 65. We went across the road and only found Calle Urgel 63 and then Calle Urgel 68 but no Calle Urgel 65.
We walked back to the bus stop, the luggage feeling more heavy than usual due to our tired bodies, crossed the road to the other side only to find out that the numbers were Calle Urgel 18 onwards. We walked back to the where we started and asked people who pointed us the same place which had the skipped numbers.
We looked at each place again, one by one, Calle Urgel 63, and the next door was Calle Urgel 68. Frustrated we asked another person who showed us a door right which was overshadowed by bamboos stilted up for renovation purposes. No wonder we couldn’t find the place! We walked into the door towards a room on a ground floor which was the receptionist area. Looking up I realized that the entire block were lived in apartments for local people as well as tourists.
After taking our key, a lady took us to the elevator and we went up to a floor with two huge doors closed to outsiders. With one key we opened one door which opened up to an apartment of 3 rooms, 2 shower area + toilet and a common area (TV/fridge) etc. Our room was bigger than the one in Rome and looked very new! Since we were located in town, room had a view of other buildings and streets.
We unpacked a little bit and then decided to head down for lunch, just downstairs at Quin Cafe Cafeteria. The owner was a friendly old man who came out to take our order. He was quite large with full white hair and white moustache, reminding me of Santa Claus. We decided on seafood paella and a cappucino which came with a smile. The paella was a bit different than the ones back home, maybe because it had a little Asian twist to it. Although the rice was a little stickier, the tomato based mixture to the rice had just the right consistency. It turned out to be pretty good.
People in Barcelona are just so relaxed. Even at noon, they were walking around the streets casually on a weekday with friends, their dogs, holding hands with their loved ones. It’s laidback because Barcelona itself is inspired by beautiful art and the people seemed very carefree. We got distracted by a couple who was walking a very gigantic dog (was it a doberman?) who looked bigger and taller than me! A baby could ride that thing like a pony.
Ok that’s enough for the start of the day in Barcelona. Wouldn’t you want to know what we did next? 🙂
Hotel : Barcelona Rooms. Calle Urgel 65, Barcelona
$$ : Euro57/room/night
Contact details : 00 34 933 232 938 or email Barcelonarooms@hotmail.com
About Yafieda Jamil
A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.