It has been several years since I studied abroad in Barca as a junior in college for a semester. I knew I'd come back some day to the same city I fell deeply in love with and can't believe today is the day! (Today around 2:30am PCT to be exact 😱)
I made amazing local friends while living there and so I will be staying with them. My dearest friend I made was via an "intercambio" or a language exchange. We met up for coffee or several cervezas (to help loosen the tongue of course) and alternated speaking in our native tongues; 30 minutes of slow broken down English and then 30 minutes of Spanish with extreme patience.
Not only did I truly felt confident and gained fluency in a language, but I was let in on this entire seperate world then what my friends had experienced abroad. Stepping out of my comfort zone allowed me to peel back layers of Barcelona and eat, talk and breathe as the locals did.
Of course, years passed, and my Spanish is not where it was and my confidence is lacking. But even more of a reason to get back out there - out of my comfort zone.
And this time around I also have a new vehicle to really dive deep into Barcelona - the coffee culture. And that's why this nomad is #BARCABOUND
I have reached out to several coffee spots and can't wait to meet the people behind the coffee and share their stories.
Many people presume that because Europe has been doing better coffee longer that they are spearheading parts of Third Wave coffee. But truthfully third wave coffee is fairly new to them as well.
However, it won't surprise be should I find the next big thing in coffee in one of the best cities in the world.
I guess there is only one way to find out. ;)
The Coffee Nomad