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Trip Report Browsing Barcelona

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I had a conference to attend in Barcelona and was determined to see as much of the city as I could squeeze in. I had not been to Spain before so I needed to make the most of it. My trip starts at my home airport in Atlanta (and also my second home, it seems).

There was no line or hassle getting through security in the International terminal in Atlanta. The Sky Club in the International concourse is nice and that day was sunny and perfect to sit on their deck.
It didn't hurt that there was a live band and a Rose tasting. I must have dome something right because I timed my walk to the gate perfectly. I walked up and they started boarding--love that. Atlanta to Barcelona, was a direct flight on Delta business class - super comfy, great service and I got a few hours of sleep.

No line at passport control in Barcelona and a quick cab ride and I was at my hotel. Hotel Porta Fira is located across the street from the convention center but looks like it should be in a Dr. Seuss book. It's a round, red tower with a kinda random window pattern. I would not want to stay there for a vacation as it's a little far for sight seeing. But, I was in Barcelona for work and an assistance made our hotel reservations. I have no complaints about the hotel. The room was a goos size and was comfortable, quiet and clean. The staff at the hotel is really excellent. They are quite friendly and attentive.

My room was not ready but they had a room that was a bit of an upgrade that was ready. I decided to do the upgrade so I could have a little more room, unpack and get to Sagrada Familia. I had a ticket for 1pm. By 11am, I was in a taxi headed to a little place called Chill that was about a block from the church. I sat outside and enjoyed a glass of Rose, some Iberico ham and pane con tomate.

When I sat down outside and the waiter came up, I thought he was Spanish because I didn't understand him. Nope, I don't speak Spanish. Turns out, he was just from Liverpool! Quite an accent and I only understood about half of what he said to me but he was friendly. I enjoyed my little lunch and headed over to Sagrada Familia and I will pick up there in the next installment. What I know already is that late October in Barcelona boasts wonderful weather. English is widely spoken and the people in Barcelona are very welcoming and friendly.

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