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Staying in Barcelona

August 20, 2012
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by thenestinggame

The past few times I’ve traveled to Europe I’ve rented an apartment. (Good Lord, that sounds so obnoxious. I’m talking 3 times in 7 years.) The benefits are many: More room than a hotel, giving me somewhere else to sit other than the bed. A kitchen for some simple food storage and prep. A peek into the neighborhoods so I can feel like a local (provided my fanny pack doesn’t give me away). And it seems more special than a hotel, so I can feel okay about taking some time to enjoy the apartment and relax instead of feeling the travel pressure to see justonemorething in the city.

We rented a 2 bedroom apartment in El Born district. What sold us from the listing was the terrace. And it did not disappoint!

A cool staircase led up to the window that you climbed out of. Really, it was just a step over the lip, not a big deal.

This is Wally and Leigh Anne after I suggested that we head back out to walk Las Ramblas one more time! Yeeeeahhhhhhh……no gracias. It was so nice to come back to the large terrace every evening for some cervezas and olives.

We even planned a dinner one night, but it didn’t quite pan out. Our host told us we could roast a lamb shoulder with the heat of the sun in his tagine.

So Taylor got up at 7am one day (which in Spain might as well be 4am) and set up the lamb. 12 hours later he pulled off the lid and found….raw lamb. I don’t know if the host was just playing a joke on us or has a deal with the lamb guy or what. But, in thinking about it, I guess it really doesn’t make much sense that the sun would cook the lamb enough to eat it. Oh well…

The terrace also had an outdoor shower, which I tried out with my bathing suit on. Taylor, after setting up the lamb, shared his goods with all of Barcelona while the rest of us were sleeping.

The building itself was beautiful and we didn’t see one neighbor the entire time we were there. The location was ideal, about a 5 minute walk to Las Ramblas and a block from a gorgeous park, La Ciudadela.

And did I mention our view?

I guess it’s a Sea View, technically.

Have you had luck renting an apartment or home when you travel? This was my first time using airbnb, but I’ve used VRBO and Homeaway in the past.

That said, it’s nice to be home.

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  1. Debbie G. permalink
    August 20, 2012 8:08 am

    My friends and I used VRBO and rented a huge house when we were in Chile. It had an ocean view and a huge kitchen – honestly I thought the pictures unsold how amazing the place way. And this is after I was skeptical of renting someone else’s house.

    Your place looks amazing.

  2. August 20, 2012 9:47 am

    What a great place! I’m like you–I like to have a sense of what it would be like to live in a place I’m visiting. My trips (2) to Europe were with young children (when my twins were 4 and 7). We stayed in camping resorts, where we rented small manufactured homes. The resorts have restaurants, grocery stores, great pools, discos–they are like small towns. They seemed to be places Europeans vacation; we were often the only Americans in the place. It was great for our kids because they had plenty of room to play outside and it was easy for them to meet other kids. Your photos are making me want to return!

  3. August 20, 2012 11:50 am

    First of all, you made me laugh out loud with the lamb debacle. Go Taylor! That is so awesome. It’s pretty hot here in Austin, but I’m not sure the tagine would work here. You can, however, fry an egg on my driveway. Probably a few slices of bacon as well.

    Second, I’m a longtime fan of VRBO, homeaway, homeliday or whatever it’s called, and, now, airbnb. They’re the first places I look when I start planning any trip, esp. for ones with a group of friends. So much more economical, and so much cooler. I’ve never had a bad experience.

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