Barcelona had just completed a comfortable victory at the Nou Camp. Following the match we decided to head into the city of Barcelona as we had a bar crawl booked for the night. The amazing atmosphere that was inside the stadium has continued onto the street of Barcelona, there was a strong buzz in the air. Everyone seemed happy and was having a great time. As we eventually got out of the stadium and through the thousands of fans leaving at the same time, we began to make our way to the bar that was the starting point of our bar crawl. Once we arrived, we were greeted by our leader for the night and met a few of the other people that would be joining us. We ended up meeting and talking quite a bit to Matt was from America but was currently living in Barcelona and teaching English. Whilst we were talking, we had a couple of drinks before it was time to move onto the next bar.
As the night went on, we continued talking about his life in Barcelona, ours back home in Sydney and our travels so far. One of the best things about travelling is being able to meet so many different people all over the world and some of the stories have are just as amazing as your own. This was the first time that we had really went out at night in Europe and so far, it was a great night. Over the night I think we ended going to 4 different bars, at each bar we were given a drink and then spent about 30 minutes in each. Eventually we ended up at a club that was to be the final stop on the bar crawl. We decided to stay out with Matt at the club and enjoy the night. By this time, it was almost 12 however the club we were in was pretty much empty which was strange. That was until Matt mentioned that clubs in Barcelona don’t really get busy until 1 or 2am which is so different to Sydney due to the lockout laws that are in place.
The club began to get significantly busier just after 1 as Matt predicted. It was overall great night, having some drinks and enjoying the Barcelona night life. At some point in the night for whatever reason we decided to start doing Sambuca shots. Normally I hate Sambuca but ended up having a couple of shots before moving to vodka. All 3 of us were taking turns buying rounds of shots and on one of Benji’s rounds him and I decided to go to the toilet whilst the bartender was pouring them and that’s one of the last things I remember. Benji and I woke up the next day feeling terrible and not knowing how we ended back up in our hostel. To make matters worse Benji has somehow misplaced his debit card at some point so we spent a good 30 minutes looking everywhere in our hostel but had no luck. By the time we were properly awake and ready to leave our hostel it was just after 1PM and we had a tour of the Nou Camp booked for 3PM, the only problem was we had intended of visiting the Sagrada Familia before the tour, so we were running out of time.
At some point during the night before Benji and I must have added Matt on Instagram as on our way to the Sagrada Familia Benji received a message from Matt that would shed some light of what happened in the club. Apparently when we said we were going to the toilet we ended up just leaving the club leaving Matt with the 3 shots at the bar. I honestly don’t know how we managed to find our way out of the club and back to our hostel in one piece. Although Matt had some good news, somehow, he managed to find Benji’s card somewhere in the club and planned to meet up with Benji later to give it back to him. Matt could have easily used Benji’s card to buy whatever he wanted but he did the right thing and made sure Benji got his card back and he was thankful to get his card back.
We finally arrive at La Sagrada Familia, a massive basilica in Barcelona. Construction on Sagrada Familia began back in 1882 and has an estimated completion date of 2026. By the time it’s finished it would have taken longer to build than the pyramids in Egypt which is unbelievable. Unfortunately, due to our late start we were short on time, so we only managed to get a couple of photos before we had to head off again to the Nou Camp for the start of the stadium tour. As well as watching a game in the stadium, the stadium tour is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, so it was amazing to finally be there. It was an amazing experience to see the long and illustrious history behind FC Barcelona, one of the best football teams in Europe. With the completion of the tour it meant our time in Spain was almost over as the following day we would be getting on another plane, this time to London, just in time for Christmas.
My time in Spain and more specifically Barcelona, was nothing short of amazing and it was great to finally tick it off my bucket list. What is one country or city that’s at the top of your bucket list?