I have finally made it to the Catalonian Capital and into my beautiful GowithOh apartment. It’s everything I could have dreamed of and more, just like what I wished for in my post back in October, a wish to spend New Year’s Eve in Barcelona.
Barcelona has been a destination I have been dreaming about for a few years now, and now that I am here, everything in my life feels as though it’s coming full circle. The trip has turned out a bit different than my intention, but I am happy it’s turned out the way that it has.
To start, the trip was supposed to include all of my friends, the ones who got me through the rough patches of the year. Well, it turns out that Barcelona is a popular destination for New Year’s Eve, making airfare expensive and booked up rather quickly. Long story short, at the end of it all, though I asked almost everyone I knew, no one could make the trip.
I wasn’t disappointed and completely understood, but that would make this a solo trip. A solo trip for a new beginning, a new life. I guess it made sense, but even though I have done variations of solo travel, I had never actually done an entire trip alone. The idea of getting to a destination and not knowing anyone else was exhilarating, but also terrifying. Was I really the solo travel type? Could I actually travel this way? I felt that I could, but I’ll be honest, I had doubts.
All of these doubts seemed to increase in thinking about the whole point of the trip, and in not wanting to spend New Year’s Eve alone. A lot of the emotional stress from the year has a strong connection to this particular holiday, which is why I thought I would need my friends to help me get through it this year.
After a slight panic, cured by the random playing of Bob Marley’s Every Little Thing is Gonna Be Alright on the radio, I realized that this was something I actually wanted to do, even if my head was getting in the way of what my heart wanted. There was no need for me to worry, everything was meant to be.
Maybe I was supposed to spend this New Year’s Eve alone, maybe the purpose of this journey was to spend quality time with myself. Sure, it wasn’t what I had in mind, but life rarely gives us what we want, rather what we need.
I know that I have just arrived this afternoon, but combined with the time I just spent in London and what I’ve seen in Barcelona thus far, it is all turning out to be the perfect trip. Being alone and having the time to reconnect with myself after all I have been through in 2013 is not only important, it’s been necessary. Plus, I think this time will help me get exactly where I want to be in 2014.
As for Barcelona, I am looking forward to spending the next few days exploring the city and eating my way through it. My apartment is everything I could have dreamed it could be, and it’s in the perfect location for me to enjoy myself and the last few days of the year. I don’t have too much planned for the trip, which is exactly how I like to travel. I am going to let the city of Barcelona take over for the next few days, and I am really looking forward to seeing what happens for New Year’s Eve.
Either way, I think Marley was right in his advice for this trip, as well as for this year, “Every little thing is gonna be alright.”