Barcelona Bound
Leah Walker October 19, 2012

I wanted more Spain and I’m getting more Spain…four nights to be exact.

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That’s right. The next stop on my Go with Oh tour is Barcelona, which also happens to be where the Go with Oh headquarters are located. Yep, I’m finally getting to meet all the great people that had the wisdom {haha} to choose me as their autumn guest blogger. After draining Prague of its Bavarian beer and wrecking havoc on the whole of Italy, Lola and I will arrive into Barcelona on Monday, November 19 and won’t depart until Friday, November 23. That’s five days of living it up in beautiful Barcelona.

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Just like all of my other stops, activities in Barcelona will center around booze and food. Even the Gaudi tour involves some grape goodness. Thanks to Reserve123, Lola and I will be introduced to the father of Catalan Modernism, Antoni Gaudi. Well, not to the actual man, as he’s been dead for a while. No, we’ll get to see his work first-hand. If you’re not familiar with Gaudi, think Tim Burton and Baz Luhrmann meets architecture combined with a hit of acid. And after tripping on all those psychedelic buildings, we’re going to enjoy ourselves some fine wine at a traditional Catalan restaurant.

How’s that for a day?

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Besides cava, wine, and sangria, Barcelona is also apparently known for their gin and tonics. Who knew? Ignoring the screams from our livers, Lola and I are continuing on the booze train by taking a gin and tonic tour. Vodka is usually my paring with tonic, but I’m willing to give gin a shot. After all, if it’s good enough for Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan then it’s good enough for me.

Here’s another stellar video from this summer at Lola’s Liquor Bootcamp. Keep in mind that the word “stellar” is dripping with sarcasm.

Don’t think that our gluttony will be restricted to alcohol. No, Lola and I will also be scouring the city for the best tapas. We’re also setting off on a pilgrimage for paella. Jamón ibérico is literally going to break my budget. I can compare travel money online all I want, but it’s not going to help. The process required to make this porky goodness is akin to constructing a Boeing Dreaminer, hence the hefty price tag. Is it worth it? HELL YES! Forget Kopi Luwak coffee, matsutake mushrooms, and white truffles, black Iberian ham is where it’s at.

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While I’m spending all my spare change on jamón ibérico, Lola wants to don the red ruffled dress and try her hand at flamenco dancing. I’m pretty sure I’ll be the official photographer during that activity. Although, drunk on gin and tonics, cava, and ham, you’ll never know what I’ll do. Everyone will just have to stay tuned for that.

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Last but certainly not least, Lola and I are going to have a little soiree at our Go with Oh apartment. Keep in mind that this isn’t just any party. Nope! Lola and I are bringing a little bit of the good ol’ USA to Spain. You see, we’ll be spending Thanksgiving in Barcelona. As soon as we realized this, the wheels began to turn and our Catalan Thanksgiving was born.

With the help of some of the Go with Oh staff, we’re having a pot luck party. Traditional Spanish dishes will be combined with typical American Thanksgiving food. Isn’t that just the best?!? Lola and I have even invited some bloggers living in Spain to join us. I think it will be fabulous, especially considering the apartment in which we’re staying. It has the view of all views in Barcelona.

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That’s right, my giant deck has a view of Gaudi’s Sagrada Família Church. Oh yeah! Last year I spent Thanksgiving in Queenstown, New Zealand and this year will be in Barcelona, Spain. Talk about something to be thankful for.

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I imagine that my time in Barcelona will be damn special. There’s something about spending time with locals to make a place really come alive. I look forward to all that Spain has to offer and meeting the people that gave me the chance to take this European tour in the first place. It’s not possible for me to fully express to the folks at Go with Oh how grateful I am for this opportunity.

I guess I’ll just have to show them with hugs and a sweet potato casserole.

Leah Walker

Leah’s a luxury travel and food writer who has as many stories as she does shoes. She documents her experiences whether that’s in the lap of luxury or riding through a swamp in an airboat. Leah freelances and has contributor/editor roles with The Daily Meal, The Daily Basics, Bonjour Paris, France Today, Luxe Beat Magazine, Four Seasons Magazine, Forbes Travel Guide, and is a travel ambassador for Atout France USA. Leah’s thrilled to call Paris home after being awarded the coveted three-year Compétences & Talents visa from France, though her talents don’t extend to speaking French. Yet.

34 Comments

    1. Ha! Thank you. Everyone I know that’s been to Barcelona absolutely adores it. I simply can’t wait. It will be a highlight, I’m sure.

  1. OH MY GOD – sounds like a brilliant time! Wish I was still in Spain for some of that kind of fun, but alas…my liver and credit card can only take so much (and the past 2 months have been brilliant! Love the apartment – will be a brilliant soiree I am sure!

    1. So you’re saying we are just missing you? Ahhhh…too bad. We would love to have you at our Thanksgiving party. I’m not sure how you survived Spain for two months. I’m just hoping to get through the five days.

  2. I love Spain! Though, I have yet to go to Barcelona, so I am a bit jealous. Make sure you drink a gin and tonic for me, and have plenty of jamon for me too…and sangria.

    1. I’m pretty sure that I’ll have enough ham, gin/tonics, and sangria for the whole of the United States. I think you’ll be covered. 🙂

  3. So happy to read your Barcelona post! Spanish cava, wine, cheese, ham- and not to mention us at Open House Group- are all anxiously awaiting your arrival! It will also be great to spend Thanksgiving with some fellow Americans 🙂 Looking so forward to finally meeting you!

    Allison

    1. Yes, Allison, we’re going to have to coordinate some American dishes. Lola has already promised rum cake (of course she has), but being that it’s Spain, I’m not sure how readily available things such as sweet potatoes are. Shoot me an email and lets talk about it. OK?

  4. Wait a second – gin & tonics?! I wish I’d known this before to tell Mr. JA when we were in Barca!

    It’s really cool about your potluck Thanksgiving. Have fun you two! It took me a few days to warm up to Barcelona, and Gaudi certainly helped.

    1. Apparently they’re the big deal, Pola. We’ll have plenty of footage and photos from the dinner. What a great way to show my thanks to the Go with Oh people!

  5. Ladies you have forgotten the shopping in Barcelona! It will be fab! I have given Lola a list of my favourite restaurants – pls do go!

    – Tapac24
    – Bravo at the W
    – Tragaluz
    – La Barceloneta
    – El Merendero de la Mari (for paella, arroz negro and fideua, order all 3)

    Tapac24 is where I was introduced to Hendricks 8 years ago. They call it Gin Tonic, drop the &!

    1. I’ll do you one better, Ayngelina. We’re gonna have videos.That’s right, live and in color, Lola and Leah. Brace yourself.

  6. Thanksgiving dinner overlooking the Sagrada Familia. Does it get any better than that? You might have to bring your own sweet potatoes and marshmallows.

    1. It’s pretty bad ass, right? I’m beyond excited! There are some Americans that are coming and they know where to find some of the typical stuff. I really think I’ll need to bring pecans though.

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