Tirar la casa por la ventana! Translates to Literally: throwing the entire house out the window. It is one of the sayings here in Barcelona and one that, speaking for myself personally and probably for many others alike … Know and practise this far too often in our busy day-to-day lives! It means spending more than you have without any limitations or regard for future repercussions, It comes from way back in the 18th century when lottery was first introduced to Spain, People were so full of hope and false confidence that they would “win the lottery” that they would “chuck” all of their belongings out the window in the hopes of getting more even better stuff! Anyways, Aaron and i have learned the hard way that we need to be more careful with how and where we “chuck” our money! We have discovered that you could spend an easy $20 on one plate of Paella that fills you up for mabey an hour or so, or you could go into one of the many Supermercados and purchase enough groceries to cook Paella for twenty people and still only spend a quarter of the cost of that same one dish in a restaurant!
Our four and a half hour bus ride on the FliX Bus from Montpellier to Barcelona was slow yet so lovely, we were able to take in the charm of the spanish countryside while polishing off some leftover bakery and wine from our previous destination. Driving towards the sunshine was exciting and the perfect metaphor for how we were both feeling moving forward in our adventures! The only bad part about our bus ride was…well it was still a bus which means another nightmarish toilet that must be shared with all 50 other strangers! and NO toilet paper or soap! UGH!! This would be a good time to note the importance of the importance of bringing toilet paper and hand sani with you when travelling to other countries …well at least this time I can happily say we were not left with just a hole in the ground to pee in!
Our time spent in Barcelona was An absolutely stunning majestic and enchanting experience..the city was as the spanish say an “Encantadora ciudad”! We spent a lot of our time wandering around the skinny ancient cobblestone streets, drinking coffees in little cafes and testing out many different little tapa restaurants…we also took the opportunity to go explore around the many architecturally magnificent structures such as the Sagradra Familia! We also discovered one of my favorite animals.. pigs!! roaming wild around the grounds of the university at the residence we were staying at! Over all Barcelona was a charming city! Aaron and I just couldn’t seem to get enough of the old buildings, cobblestone streets and delicious Tapas heavily influenced by the fruits of authentic spanish cuisine!
The thing about Barcelona is, you really do not need to spend loads of money attending all of the touristy expensive attractions, just a walk down any street is enough and allows you to have a delightful experience of the old world splendour and spanish culture! My advice for having the best possible Barcelona experience would be to live as the locals do…wear comfortable shoes and take a walk through the streets, don’t take the cabs…venture through the markets…try and strike up a conversation with a friendly local to learn about their favorite spots! Just get out there and get lost for a while! I also highly recommend a travel guide…that way you can take your own historical tour! Barcelona is where the history is at and those little travel guides are like the treasure maps to the heart of the city!