During the last days of my Barcelona vacation, I realized: I had done a lot of things for the first time in this trip. And it’s a good feeling, once you get past the fuzzy anxiety of the unknown.
1. First time in Spain. To me, going to a new county is always a nice experience, as I get to meet new kinds of people and customs, hear new languages, and more. So needless to say, I was very much looking forward for this autumn’s trip to Barcelona. Though I may have had expectations too high for the city itself, out outings to L’Estartit, Montserrat, and Tarragona were very nice, and the country left an overall positive impression on me, even though it did not make it to the top of my places-I’d-like-to-live-in list :)
2. First time on a roller coaster.
I’m no big adventurer, but I do enjoy trying out new things. New experiences put me out of my comfort zone, they’re usually a nice challenge, and most of the time I leave feeling better or discovering something new about myself. And this seems the best way of getting to know the world and myself.
So here we are: 4 friends out to conquer the Port Aventura - an amusement park in Salou, an one-hour drive from Barcelona. My friends suggested we start off big, so we embarked on the Dragon Khan, the 3rd largest roller coaster in the park and one of the world’s top 10. Also, my first roller coaster ride ever. Now, for a person who gets shaky even when walking on a high mountain top, this was a ride to remember. I am pretty sure that what I felt during the first 3-5 second of the ride was pure panic. "Holly crap, how do I stop this thing?". But once I got pasted that and realized it’s all safe and I ought to enjoy the ride, I did. Oh boy, I did! :) I was clearly more uneasy than my other 3 friends, but enjoyed my rides nonetheless. And the other 5-7 that we took afterwards, in even taller and faster rides.
3. First time eating seafood.
When I’m travelling, I
like try to dive deep into the foods and drinks of the place. So I ate a lot of seafood (octopus, squid, prawns, clams), paellas, drank some local beers and sangria. I thought I wouldn’t like most of the foods there, but I was wrong 90% of the time. I must have disliked only 1-2 things that I tried during my entire stay.
4. First time I ate cactus fruits. From both an actual cactus plant, and from La Boqueria as well, for comparison. They taste funny, that’s all I can say :)
5. First yoga class.
On our last day in Barcelona, we decided to watch the sunrise on the shore, make a photo time lapse and do some yoga on the beach. Unfortunately, the sky was a bit too cloudy for us to get a good time lapse session out of it; but yoga was quite an enjoyable success. At first I couldn’t help laughing and giggling, but after the first couple of minutes, I changed my mindset and decided to make the most out of it. I enjoyed feeling my mussels at work, without doing anything too demanding.