2016 started out with a serious case of itchy feet, but between job hunting, applying for grad school, and a failed cross-country move, an international trip seemed out of the question. My year might have gotten off to a rough start, but I’m happy to report things have turned around. I found a job I love, which allows me to work remotely and offers opportunities to travel for business. So, after plugging away at home for a few weeks, I decided it was time to head elsewhere (har har) and booked a trip to Barcelona!
March may not have been the best time to visit Barcelona. It was still a bit nippy, so I couldn’t enjoy the beach but I still had a fantastic six days! One of the main advantages to visiting in March was that it was the low-season, meaning everything was cheaper and less crowded – including the flights! Flying as a stand-by passenger, this meant plenty of open seats in first-class at a ridiculously low price!
When I fly internationally in coach, I tend to take a ton of melatonin and pray not to be stuck in a middle seat. However, whenever I get the chance to fly in first-class, I have a tendency to overindulge and photograph everything.
My five-course dinner was enjoyed while watching The Big Short. The first course was Thai grilled chicken with watermelon and pineapple, followed by creamy carrot soup and mixed greens with artichokes, roasted tomatoes, and feta cheese. For the main course, I had seared halibut – not bad for airplane food!
When it was time for dessert I was stuffed, but I still sampled some of the chocolate mousse cake. It was all as yummy as it looked! After stuffing my face, I was ready to catch some beauty sleep. Despite some turbulence, I woke up well-rested and ready to take on the day when we landed in Barcelona at 8:00 AM that morning.
You’ve probably heard the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote emphasizing that it’s all about the journey rather than the destination. In my case, the journey was pretty sweet but still pales in comparison to my time in beautiful Barcelona!
Have you had the chance to fly in first-class recently? What did you love the most? I’m still dying to fly up front on an Emirates flight…hopefully someday!