Abroad: An update from Barcelona

It has been a bit quiet here on the blog over the last few weeks as I worked a lot and had to get many things done for one of my projects and the upcoming exhibition in Cologne. And since Jasmin only had a few more days left in Barcelona, we spent as much time as possible together before she flew back to Austria. Thus, the last weekend of August was super busy. Yet, now I have time to write about what has happened here in Barcelona in the past few weeks. 

Friday after work, Jasmin and I went to OMA Bistro for late lunch and spent the rest of the day at the beach before going on a day trip to Montserrat with some of her friends the following day. Once there, we took the cable car up to the monastery, where we first enjoyed the beautiful view of the landscape and went on a hike around the area afterwards, which was not the best idea at 32° C. But when we finally reached the top, we knew it was worth it. When we got back to Barcelona in the late afternoon, we went to the street festival in Sants and spent the rest of the evening there.

Sunday morning, Jasmin and I had breakfast at Flax & Kale and relaxed in the afternoon. And since I had to move by the end of the month, I also used the rest of the day to pack my stuff. A few days later, I then moved into my new apartment, where Babsi joined me for three days before she headed to Panama for her second internship. On the last day of August, I said goodbye to Jasmin before she flew back to Vienna. But luckily, she will come back at the beginning of October again. As it was also Babsi’s last weekend in Barcelona, on Friday, we went out partying, which was also my first time at a club since I moved here. Saturday was a lazy day, but on Sunday, we spent the whole afternoon at the beach before a lot of work for the upcoming exhibition in Cologne was already waiting for me at the office on Monday.

While I spent the last days at work packaging merchandise, making restaurant reservations, keeping an eye on the production schedule, and shipping packages to Germany, there was still a lot to do before the DMEXCO 2016. While on Friday afternoon, everything was finally done, I still had to rush home to pack my bags before flying to Cologne for my first business trip on Saturday morning. At Dusseldorf Airport, I met my manager and Silvia, my new colleague from the Vienna office, and went by train to Cologne. There, we at least had some time to rest before kicking off an intensive week of work. Yet, Saturday evening, we had our first team meeting and started preparing for the exhibition. And by Tuesday evening, we were finally done with all the construction and setting everything up.

However, on Wednesday, I had to get up early to be at the exhibition venue in time to start my shift at one of our clients’ booths. Although two days working at the exhibition were exhausting and stressful, I met some great new people and could even use the time to network. After cleaning all booths and storing everything, we went to our apartments, got ready for our team dinner in the city, and ended the evening with drinks at the hotel bar. After getting some much-needed sleep, on Friday, I flew back to Barcelona again and slept until noon the next day before going for brunch with Jasmin later. In the afternoon, I met Vicki for coffee in the city and went with my aunt and uncle, who were currently on vacation in Barcelona, for dinner at Port Vell in the evening. The following day, I spent the afternoon with Jasmin and some of her friends at the Día de México at Poble Espanyol

So, there’s been a lot going on during the past three weeks. And the best thing: another next trip is coming up soon as Vicki and I are visiting Tanita in Nice and spending some days at the Cote d’Azur.

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