One thing that is typical for all my travels is that I almost never plan what I’m going to do or see when I get to my destination. I dislike planning in general (something that I mentioned before) so I usually scout out the best (read: cheapest) time to go, ask for vacation days, buy tickets and that’s it. I’ll figure it out when I get there.
Admittedly, once I do get there I often berate myself for not doing at least some research beforehand because having to decide where I’m going to go, what I’m going to see and how not to die of starvation every single morning becomes increasingly tiring as the days go on. Sometimes I just want to come home, open my own fridge and eat whatever I can find. In addition to the frustration, this approach also results in not making the best choices all the time: going into the first restaurant you see when you’ve been walking around hungry for hours is hardly the best way to get great food at a reasonable price. Of course, once you’ve had your meal you’ll find a perfect spot just around the corner.
But being spontaneous is the only way I know how to do it, and it has brought me some amazing experiences that are all the more magnificent precisely because they are unexpected. One of the more memorable ones from my last trip was the best sunset I’ve seen in years. Our last evening in Barcelona we were already tired of walking 12 hours a day, so we just wanted to have a few beers and relax. I remembered from my previous visits that Montjuic is something worth seeing, but for the life of me I couldn’t remember why. (Yeah, probably one of the reasons why I take so many pictures is my terrible memory…) In any case, we knew it was a hill and it had a park so this plan was as good as any. We grab a couple beers from the fridge (that in itself is a whole other story that merits its own blog post, but maybe another time), jump in the car and off we go. Once we got there and I saw the place, it dawned on me: Palau Nacional has one of the best vantage points in the city and our timing, with the sun just about to set, was perfect – I couldn’t have planned it better if I tried!
We sat and watched the sky turn from grey to pink to many shades of blue before it was time go home, pack the bags and get ready to leave for Valencia the next morning.
This story is partially inspired by this week’s photo challenge: Cherry On Top. It was truly the prefect ending to another great stay in my favorite city, Barcelona.