Monday has come around again, like a merry go round, with out the merry. I remember when I was 18, my mum said something to me “When you’re 21 time will fly by, and you wont be skinny forever” she was right on both counts. Dammit. So we’re here again.
How did I make it to Monday?
On Thursday I flew out to Barca, I was on a mission, a work mission. I had a conference and a meeting planned, but also had a day of R&R to myself on the Saturday. it turned out to not be R&R at all.
Some points to highlight from my trip.
1. Gambling and gaming conferences are strange. Not all of the people, but a good proportion are extremely strange and very sleazy. *note my client is non thee above. I base my account on experience of multiple, mainly old men trying their luck.
2. Just be cause the green man is showing at a crossing, it DOES NOT mean its safe to cross.
3. When it rains in Barca, it really rains.
4. Getting around is very easy, they have a superb metro system that is very cheap. Taxis are also very reasonable, much cheaper than London.
5. Wine is extremely cheap, they almost give it away! I paid €2,30 for a large glass of wine in this lovely tapas restaurant where I sheltered from the rain* see fact 3
6. CDLC is a fantastic night club, its based on the beach on a strip that houses several cool places to go after hours. The outside part runs onto the beach and has a really nice feel about it. I was at the club for a party with one of my clients, they were hosting the event – such a fun night – there is often some big name DJs playing there!
7. Accommodation in Barcelona is very expensive, if you’re thinking of a weekend away there then book in advance – you don’t get much for less than £80 a night. I stayed at two places while there, both were lovely, clean, great (but very different) locations, Expo Hotel and Casa Bella Gracia.
View from my room – Casa Bella Gracia
8. A great way to see the city is by buying a ticket for the open bus tour. You can hop on and hop off on either a one day ticket or a two day ticket. The one day ticket cost just €26.00 and is excellent value for money, there is so much to see. TIP. The buses can get quite busy, everyone fights for a seat on the top, open deck – My advice would be, get a fast track place on the bus by agreeing to sit on the downstairs deck. Simply go one stop and wait for someone to come down and nip up and take their seat. You’ll save loads of time with this approach.. no more long hot queues!
9. Gaudi is one of the most famous people to come out of Barcelona, his incredible and breath taking buildings are scattered through the city. He had a very unique and individual eye for design. No building is the same.. the buildings are simply breath taking. Gaudi had a passion for nature and religion which is represented through his dragons and beast that appear to leap from the spiked turrets of churches, gates and flamboyant homes.
10. Lipton Earl Grey tea is the best Earl Grey I have ever had.. they are super big on Lipton over there, and although I am not a huge huge fan otherwise, this Earl Grey is just so moreish! It had a slightly sweet taste about it, but was not perfumey like some can be. it was very soft, inoffensive and was a lovely, welcomed surprise. I’m definitely going to be hunting some down on line <3
11. One last tea note to end my Barcelona facts (my opinion). I have on occasion been served a bloody awful cup of tea, it may have been cool, or not string enough.. or made with long life milk.. but never, up till now had I been served a hot tea in a plastic clear cup with gone off milk. I got given this at the iGaming conference and it was horrific. I nearly threw up – People in Barca drink coffee, they don’t really do TEA.. its kind of a swear word.
So that’s my latest account, What a cool city it is too! This week I’m heading off again, to Cuba this time. I’m looking forward to sharing some accounts with you once back. lots of dancing, eating and drinking rum (one hopes)