I am secretly a workaholic who loves to mix my travels with business meetings. I had to attend Affiliate World Global Conference in Europe in Barcelona in the month of July 2018, therefore I thought I can turn around my work roster and enjoy my trip to the fullest while working this summer!
Spending summers in Europe: known for its cultural flairs, food, but most of all: the fantastic and unique mixture of having a beach, and an artsy world-city in one place, is Barcelona to me.
Attending my meetings in black skin-fit jeans, an oversized official black-tees, hair pulled back in a low ponytail and one cup of English breakfast tea later, I love to talk animatedly about everything from a long-standing relationship with digital buzz presence online which expresses your business offline, and, of course, love for travel. Barcelona is fun, approachable, friendly and little bit a chaotic fusion of digital coma for work and play but an ultimate great place to enjoy your nine to wine mode and perhaps learn a skill or to that will make you popular back home.
After work-setting aside I keep few days for sightseeing and not to mention that is what I look forward to while traveling. Sagrada Familia, an unfinished Roman Catholic Church started in the 1880s in Barcelona, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi with museum and city views is a must-visit place. The Park Guell, mosaic-covered buildings, steps & sculptures in Verdant Park & panoramic views will make you want to uncover more of Spain. La Rambla a tree-lined street in central Barcelona stretches for 1.2 kilometers connecting Plaça de Catalunya in the center with the Christopher Columbus Monument at Port Vell.
Mount Juic, a historical site on a hill can be traveled via cable car, the harbor views, and Barcelona Beach transports you to the Catalan heritage. Placa de Espanya is a famous plaza bordered by architectural landmarks, with fountain shows, shopping arena with fairs and festivals and trendy life is a traveler’s delight for all!
Bottle your own bubbly or Cava, of course, the Spanish version of Champagne and then ‘disgorge’ the bottle and apply your own custom-made label while tickling your taste buds and see the masters dancing away to flamenco. Pair your Sangria with patatas bravas which are the fried potatoes topped with aioli and the spicy sauce is made of dry tomatoes, almonds, chili, paprika, and olive oil is a must-have dishes during your visit to Barcelona.
The Catalan food has still held on to their ancestor’s recipes and has believed in wholesome nourishment when it comes to food. To enjoy Mediterranean gastronomy food tours are crafted by the avid food-lover’s locals who will walk you through the unknown areas of the city and you can enjoy Croquetas, crispy, bite-size logs of smooth ground potato or ham cutlets coated in breadcrumbs are served in most hipsters’ bars and cafes of Spain. By the end of the day, just salads would help me to unwind day’s activities.
Explore marvels of the Costa Brava coast and charter a yacht from Barcelona and sail away on an ocean breeze … and check out the waves. Get on board that’s right m’ hearties, get drunk as a sailor with a horde of other wild young things for an epic Barcelona booze cruise later after affiliate marketing meetings. Next day get up in the afternoons and enjoy recovery brunch on board and set your sails to peaceful-mode later. A soulful journey of seven seas …
Before I forget no travel trail of Barcelona is complete if I do not mention on the mouth-watering churros, a fried-dough pastry served with delicious hot chocolate sauce is something to gorge on at any time of the day. Excited? perhaps a best possible version of myself in this nine to five mode was dipping hot churros in a chocolate fondue, every chocoholic sweet-tooth heavenly delight! It gets better to get covered in the chocolate and experience the legendary nightlife. Hmmm, still thinking … are you crazy … a completely different take on working busy life with the nearly epic awesome getaway.
To work hard and play harder has no science to it and we just need to put together a stellar line-up of sartorial work meetings with minimal pressure on ourselves while attending these networking conferences. It’s about finding the right schmoosing line-ups with common goals to achieve perishable unruffled business-fun perspectives together. Time-out.