You'd think being Canadian I would long for heat but D and I aren't typical in many ways. The "dream" for many Canadians is to be able to go somewhere warm to spend the winters, thus the whole "snowbird" phenomenon. The ultimate dream would be to retire in a tropical place where the cost of living is lower and you could live like kings. Costa Rica is popular for many.
Tropical wouldn't work for us. I would want to be in a place where I could spend most of the day outside without sweating like heck. Or be forced to stop moving and hide away inside for 4 hr every afternoon. Seriously I sweated more standing and walking on this trip then I ever did running 10K. (probably more info than you'd cared to know) No need of Bikram Yoga for me!
It had been 5 yr since I last set foot in Barcelona. We had good memories of our short visit and made a mental note to go back. I've tried to fit it in since then and hadn't been able to for one reason or another (usually apartment related) until now. I wondered whether I'd still find the city fascinating as I've been to a number of places since then.
If D was a betting man, he would have bet I wouldn't have been attracted to Barcelona as much as I remembered. And he would have lost because it even surprised me how much more I enjoyed the city this time around. When I called D to let him know I had arrived, I wasn't able to contain my excitement.
The flight part of my trip started and ended on a high note (not counting my sock incident). I don't know if it was marketing ploy by KLM but I was lucky enough to be upgraded to their World Business Class both ways!
It was such a luxury. I didn't find out until I was boarding and my boarding pass scan beeped loudly and they went to grab a new boarding pass and told me I had been upgraded. You should have seen the look on my face. The cost of that class of flight had I purchased it would have been around $4500! I had paid for economy comfort at a cost of about $1400. And I got a couple of their miniature Delft Blue houses as a gift on top of already superior service and many various perks.
Being able to lie down made a bigger difference than I would have guessed. Even though I didn't sleep, I felt very rested. If you are going to have extra energy, Barcelona is a great place to be. Hungry at 1 am? No problem. I didn't end up going to sleep until almost 4:30 am the first day.