Barcelona travel diary and guide 

Barcelona had been on my check list for many years and I finally got a discounted ticket to fly there last month during Easter holiday.  Actually it’s not a perfect time for tourists because Spanish people  appreciate their time with families and friends during public holidays and Sundays (maybe most European do?) so many shops and restaurants were closed during Easter.  Luckily I spent quite many days there so I still got enough time to chill out and enjoy the pace of the city.



Stay

As a solo traveler I always choose hostels.   I stayed in Generator Barcelona this time which is a chain brand and they have hostels in many cities all over Europe.  It’s well located in a quiet neighbourhood but also not too far from city centre or metro station.  A walk to La Pedrera is about 7 minute, so you have a concept that it’s pretty much walkable to many attractions and the main shopping area.

Visit & See

Gaudí, Gaudí and Gaudí.  There are so many attractions in Barcelona but architectures by Antoni Gaudí almost equals to a “must see” when you are there.  I went to La Sagrada Familia, Casa Milà, (aka La Pedrera) and Park Güell.  They are all amazing places showing the incredible ideas and outstanding designs of Gaudí.  Next time if I go to Barcelona again I will visit Casa Batlló as well.  I got my entrance tickets for Park Güell  and Sagrada Familia online because they are so popular and even tickets were sold out when I arrived Park Güell.  I usually don’t like to have a schedule when I travel but to save time and money I really suggest you to book your tickets online in advance.

Parc de la ciutadella, a nice park just to stay around and do nothing.  Watching local people doing different activities is an interesting thing to do when I travel.

The beach in Barcelona was not as beautiful as the ones I went in Calpe but it’s still nice to chill with friends or family when you are there. Be aware of a lot of people and it’s a bit crowded and touristic.
I like to go to different art museums when I travel and I had a really good time at Fundació Joan Miró.


Shopping

There are many vintage shops in El Raval area but most of them were closed the day I went because of holidays :(

Eat

Les Quinze nits: had a really good time with a new friend I made on this trip at this nice restaurant located in Plaza Real.  Solo travel is difficult sometimes when it comes to delicious cuisine or going to restaurant.  So happy to have someone to share tapas, paella and sangria with at a reasonable price.  I really recommend to get a table outdoor to enjoy the atmosphere with beautiful weather and people busking at the plaza.

Bar Celta: another super nice meal full of laughter with my friend.  This time we only had tapas in the evening just like the locals.   Can’t get enough of giant octopus !!! Yummy ~

Granja M Viader: I just wanna try all of the items on their menu!!!! The first time I went there it was closed due to Easter holiday and then the second time I went it was already my last morning in the city.  Had a very sweet breakfast and I came closed to go again at night time to have dessert.  It is an old cafe with over 100 years history famous for milk products.  I had milk with cinnamon , sugar and lemon which sounds weird but it was really delicious.  Thinking about it just make me wanna go back.  Also, their churro is the best I’ve had in Spain.

La Pradera Restaurant : didn’t get to eat there this time but it looked extremely nice and beautiful.  Saving it for the next visit :)





Hope you enjoy the photos and my sharing even though it’s not a professional travel guide :P and I will try to do another posts about Copenhagen and Budapest soon!

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ICELAND PHOTO DIARY 

 

I promise this is the last post about Iceland …before you guys get tired. But trust me, one trip is never enough and I’m already craving for another meet up with this beautiful island.

img_5558I never plan too details for my travels. I don’t have schedules or itineraries, just some places in my head those I didn’t want to miss out.  And then I just improvised and see what unplanned surprise or adventure ahead waiting for me.

   

  

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Jökulsárlón was absolute the reason I visited Iceland.  It blew my mind by only browsing the photos but the day I went was not a good day.  The weather was bad , no sunlight and the boat trip was cancelled due to strong wind.  Okay, I still can go to see the blocks of ices on the black sand beach, I thought.  But then the driver took us to the other side of the beach where was not about the view I tempted to see!!!  I was so disappointed and a bit regretted of joining this day tour when I could have chosen another two days tour including glacier hiking, aurora hunting and everything else I missed on this day.

    
     
        

    
   

   
      About the blue lagoon experience there is more details on my another blog post :)

Airbnb was my first option in terms of accommodation in Iceland but later I realised as a solo traveler that it would be cheaper if I stayed at a hostel. And it was also easier for me to be picked up by the local tours. 

  – I stayed at Bus Hostel for the whole trip. It was a nice, clean and decent place to stay in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. During the night the light at the corridor was always on which made me feel safe to go to bathroom in the midnight. We had a cozy and vintage living room with the last cheese burger in Iceland XD Every night they have happy hour at the pub and sometimes music performance which is located at the living room as well.   

   

  BUS HOSTEL

Skogarhlid, 105 Reykjavik, Iceland 

+354 535 0350 http://www.bushostelreykjavik.com info@bushostelreykjavik.com

– BONUS is everyone’s favourite in Iceland for groceries and food. Most of the time I cooked at the hostel and prepared my lunch box (for the day tours) to save money for other delicious meals in Reykjavík.

    

  Reykjavík Roasters is my favourite cafe in Reykjavík.  I still can’t forget their breakfast – croissant with cheese, blueberries jam and Icelandic butter.

Reykjavík Roasters 

Kárastígur 1, 101 Reykjavík

  
  Appelsin is orange tasted soft drink that you can only find in Iceland. Remember to give it a try and I love it so much!

 
I didn’t try the famous Icelandic lamb soup, instead I had grilled lamb for lunch.    Tips: lunch at Grillmarkadurinn is more affordable for backpackers!

Grillmarkadurinn (Grilled Market)

Lækjargata 2A, 101 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

Ida Zimsen

Vesturgata 2a | 101 Reykjavik, Reykjavik 101, Iceland

+354-551-5004

I heard about a lot of “the best” in terms of food in Iceland : the best hot dog, lobster soup, Icelandic ice cream in the world…even tap water XD so I tried them all.

 
   Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur

Tryggvagata 1, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

http://bbp.is/en/

    

Saegreifinn – The Sea Baron

Geirsgata 8, 101, Reykjavik, Iceland
 
+3545531500
saegreifinn.is

     

    I don’t know is it because of the Icelandic water or what…to me, the best coffee and Coke I have ever had was the one I had in Iceland.  If you ask me what is the difference, I can’t really tell but…its just different and you must try when you are there.  Now I think maybe it’s a good thing I don’t live in Iceland otherwise I will drink Coke, Applesin and coffee everyday.  One more thing, the tap water does taste really good.

    
    
    

    
   
    

Reykjavík is not too big and I spent all of my time in the capital on foot.  My two favourite buildings there – Harpa Concert and Conference Centre and Hallgrimskirkja help me to get the direction and find the way home.   Tips: getting to the top of church you can get a view of the city.
    
   

    
   
  
I realised I’m missing Iceland more and more every time I blog about it.  It took a big part of my heart and I always dream about going back.  It is a place easy to get to but hard to forget.  

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