I’m currently in Barcelona, so thought I’d share photos of La Sagrada Famila in its current state. Since I last visited the structure in 2005 – the structure has grown in size considerably. I took the photos on Friday when I met Miriana (MyTravelThirst.com) and her husband Federico for drinks & tapas right nearby.
You can learn more about its history here.
A full head of hair in a hot climate is one of my least favorite things. A few days ago, I borrowed my AirBnB’s host’s clippers to buzz my own head for free only to find out they didn’t work anymore (darn). This afternoon, I got fed up with my sweaty hair and decided to brave the local barbershops and finally get it buzzed. “Cuantos cuesta?” (meaning how much does it cost) I asked the man in a barber shop right down the street from where I’m staying in Barcelona about an hour ago. I was pleasantly surprised when I heard “cuatro” (meaning 4). “Perfecto”.
About 10 minutes later, I walked out with a LOT less hair, as it’s been about 6 weeks since I’ve buzzed my head.
4 euro and a 1 euro tip, the equivalent of roughly 6.50 US dollars, is a bargain for a haircut anywhere in Europe in my mind. Not quite the sub $3 haircut in Cebu, Philippines, but I won’t complain since I was expecting it to be closer to 10 Euro.
Living a nomadic life certainly isn’t without tradeoffs. I remember the days when I had a comfortable office chair to sit in. I tell ya, as a digital nomad traveling the globe, those days are few and far between. Most of the chairs at Chiang Mai wifi spots I frequented consisted of wood chairs. Many without cushions. If there were cushions, they were extremely thin. Same in Spain and Greece. Worse in Africa.
I’ve been in Barcelona a little over a week, heads down working on Oh Hey World — in not so comfortable chairs. So I was pleasantly surprised to hear from Jonathan Hayes at Dinube (working on a digital wallet in the cloud), who responded to my message on a Meetup Group for Barcelona entrepreneurs where I asked about co-working space. His co-founder is currently in Boston, so the timing of having an extra desk available at his office worked out great. And there would be no charge.
So I spent yesterday working from an office with a real office chair in a real office with great WIFI. It was glorious.
Thanks Jonathan (and Dinube) for the Spanish hospitality.
I seriously need a big, fat, heaping umbrella for all the rain I’ve experienced in Northern Europe. Luckily, I found just that in Brussels yesterday (see below).
I’m from Seattle so I know all about the rain. But I’m just a tad tired of it. After almost a month in Northern Europe (Stockholm, Amsterdam, Belgium), I was beyond excited to wake up today to see that big warm thing in the sky they call the sun shining through my window. Where? Barcelona. Don’t get me wrong, I had an unbelievable time in northern Europe even though it rained the majority of the time. But everyone needs to see the sun every once in awhile. Barcelona and a few weeks of solid sun is exactly what I need right now.