So, this is what I am up to these days. I have been in Spain for about a month now and, just as expected, it has captivated me. I have said for a long time that I have a short list of countries that I think I could settle down in — though my definition of settling down might be slightly less permanent than yours.
The world is large. My list is small.
I am currently in Barcelona in a wonderful apartment provided by Go with Oh. I became acquainted with them when my good blogging friend, Sherry Ott of Ottsworld, stayed with them in Rome, Venice, Vienna and Berlin a few months ago. In fact, Sherry was nice enough to let me crash at her place for about a week in Berlin. If you click through that last link, you can actually see the couch I crashed on.
Exciting life, heh?
After hearing and reading Sherry go on about how wonderful it was to work with Go with Oh, I decided to contact them and see if they could provide me a good base to get some work done in Barcelona before and after my blog trip to Costa Brava. If the apartment I stayed in with Sherry in Berlin and this one in Barcelona are any indication, they’ve got some lovely rental properties available.
Short term apartment rentals are one of those lodging options that I don’t believe enough people consider. I’ve been dabbling around with some over the last couple months and they quickly converted me. The cost is quite similar (and oft-times cheaper) than getting a hotel room. You have access to a kitchen and usually a washer and dryer right there in the apartment and you get to spread out and relax, without having to worry about locking your stuff up in case the cleaning people at the hotel are quick fingered.
It is an option that should be in more traveler’s toolboxes.
Monday, I embark on a tour with the Costa Brava Tourism Board. They have been one of the most active tourism boards in terms of working with bloggers and I’ve yet to been able to schedule up a trip to join them on their now-famous-blogger trips. Fortunately, they were planning three different trips with different sets of bloggers in May and June, “Nature,” “Culture” and “Gastronomy.”
They emailed me a few months ago to invite me. I don’t have the email anymore, but I think I can accurately paraphrase the gist of it:
Michael, we have three blogger trips coming up in a few months. You are free to choose which one you’d like to do. They center on Nature, Culture or Gastronomy. Since the Gastronomy one is going to mostly be about eating good food and drinking lots of wine, we thought it would be perfect for you.
I love it when people know me well.
There is a good chance I rename this particular tour the Gluttony Tour. After all, gluttony is one of my seven favorite deadly sins.
You can follow my Costa Brava eating and drinking (and drinking) adventures on Twitter from the hashtag #inCostaBrava all this week. I will also be posting lots of Instagram photos to my Facebook Fan Page.
The chances of me writing a coherent blog post this week are…. not as good, so you might want to follow along via those other methods.
When you are in the area you can compare the best hotels in Barcelona to find out where you want to stay. There are plenty of great options out there for you to choose from. The variety of places to stay in this part of the world is just one of the many reasons I love it so much. I have stayed at budget options (e.g. hostels), great apartments, and luxury hotels. There is something for everyone’s taste and budget, to be sure.