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Once upon a time, I was a travel idiot. About fifteen years ago, on my first couple of trips to Europe, I researched virtually nothing in advance. I was lucky enough to show up at the right hotel and have the right currency in my wallet.
Having been to (and lived in) a number of amazing cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Sydney, Paris and London, I still swear that Barcelona is one of the most fantastic places in the world. It’s the perfect mashup of Spanish history, Catalonian lifestyle, European glamour, beachside ease and dynamic culture
Living in Melilla, a little Spanish enclave at the top of North Africa, as a British language assistant, you sort of get used to the Arabic twist on things. One of the first weeks I spent here, a fellow assistant and I decided to hop on a bus and see where it took us and after five minutes, we saw Melilla’s buildings change.
When I first got to Madrid, I was lucky enough to be able to stay with a lovely local teacher who showed me around Madrid and the surrounding areas. She introduced me to tapas, typical dishes and wonderful wines.
Coming from New York city, where the subways are easy and efficients, and where having a car is more of a hinderance than a perk because of the traffic , I did not think I would find a city half as well connected. Yet, Madrid has surpassed my transportation expectations