Meeting Els Amics dels Pelegrins on the Camino de Santiago in Barcelona

My time in Barcelona before the Camino was brief, way too brief. However, I made the most of it by finding Els Amics dels Pelegrins to mark the beginning of my Camino in Spain with a Barcelona stamp (sello) for my credencial, like I did in Dublin a few months earlier. Finding Camino sellos in Barcelona turned out to be much,…

Starting my Camino de Santiago on the Trenhotel from Barcelona to Leon

Visit my Camino de Santiago page for more tips and information! I took the overnight Trenhotel between Barcelona and Granada when I travelled in Spain in 2011. I knew starting the Camino de Santiago in Leon, approximately 300 km from Santiago de Compostela, would require a bus or train from Madrid or Barcelona, so once I booked a flight to Barcelona,…

My 2014 Travel Year in Review

Short version: 2014 was an amazing year of travel for me. I went to four different places I’ve wanted to visit for a long time and managed a return to New York while I was at it. New York (hello, old friend) 2014 was remarkable because I only made it to NYC once this year (not…

Beer travel in Spain (no, really!)

When I traveled in Spain in 2011, the beer was … fine. A number of the large commercial brands I drank reminded me of the large commercial brands I avoid in North America. For Spain, lighter beers are well-suited for the climate in some areas, particularly in the heat of Andalucia. Again, they were ……

Barcelona, 11S and Independence in Catalunya

I’ve been to Barcelona twice, and each visit coincided with important Catalan cultural celebrations. As a Canadian who has watched a couple of significant efforts toward independence for Quebec in my lifetime, I thought I had a decent understanding of what to expect when I visited Barcelona on September 11, 2014. It turned out to…

Friday photos round-up: Geometric

This week’s #FriFotos theme, “geometric,” was a fun one for me and I had a lot to contribute! Both Morocco and Spain are literally overflowing with examples of gorgeous structures, architecture and design that are visually stunning and technically complicated. Barcelona, Spain: La Pedrera It’s hard to miss any of Antoni Gaudi’s surreal masterpieces in…