A year ago today I spent the day wandering around Barcelona, touring the old city and neighboring Eixample on foot. My husband was working with colleagues to set up their company’s booth for Mobile World Congress, and I had all day to reacquaint myself with Barcelona via a walking tour.
Because it was my second weeklong visit in twelve months, I had the luxury of wandering the city with no fixed destination in mind. Just walking wherever the spirit moved me…
It was a freezing, cold day. Everyone was bundled up in hats, scarves and puffy coats. Snow capped the summits of the nearby hills and mountains — very unusual for Barcelona. The sun flirted, peeking out now and then, but most of the time thick clouds covered the sky.Despite the wintry weather I loved the city’s energy, the colors, the aromas wafting out when people left bakeries or coffee shops. I rested my tired feet in a couple of those shops, and fell in love with a café that roasted coffee beans on site.
As I sit here in Seattle looking out at cold wintry skies, I’m remembering my strolls around Barcelona last year and the year before.
I envy my husband who is back in Barcelona for the week. Sadly, he will work long hours with little time off to enjoy the city’s charms or its tiny foodie destinations. But even so, he’ll find some wonderful tapas bars and maybe a memorable restaurant or two after the trade show ends each day.