Tuesday, 11 October 2011
If opportunity doesn’t knock – build a door (or go to Barcelona)
There are some places we visit where we seem to leave our heart. Where we know we will always visit again. On a visit to the beautiful and historic Rome I stood in front of the magnificent Trevi Fountain. Legend has it that if you throw a coin into the fountain you will one day return to Rome. I was not in the least bit tempted to launch any loose change, but if it was a fountain in Barcelona I would have emptied out my pocket.
I’ve been to Barcelona twice now, once with my wife in February as a birthday treat and recently in June on my own as a work/writing break. The first time made me eager to visit again. On the second time I felt at home as soon as I left the airport, even when I was dragging a suitcase across an uneven pavement. The second visit was also instrumental in my decision to make major changes to my life.
I’ve done two terms of evening classes to learn a bit of Spanish and in Barcelona I was able to practise this and fall back to English/sign language when my Spanish fell short. Considering that the main language in Barcelona is Catalan they understood me quite well. We recently had a family holiday in Menorca and whenever I spoke Spanish the locals responded in English – very depressing!
Now I am working freelance from home and I now have an exciting new client from Barcelona. www.HallSt.com is a new company that gives you genuine discounts on luxury hotels that you book and pay for in advance. If you can’t go, or if you want to try and make a profit you can sell your stay nearer the time on the Hall St web site.
It covers my love of creative new ideas and fun concepts, I get to practise a bit of my Spanish and it is a link to my favourite city. Their first flash sale is a gorgeous, luxury hotel in the centre of Barcelona, very tempting!
It’s always interesting to see where life takes you, but one thing is certain – you have more chance of going to places that inspire you if you seek out and cultivate contact with interesting people, than if you chuck some coins in a fountain.