To take a break from the daily grind
To take a break from the familiar
To explore new streets
To see how other people on this planet live and how different/similar are we
To visit monuments and sites that we have long admired through pictures of other people’s travels
To show off our glossy photos next to the Eiffel tower and leaning tower of Pisa 🙂
And while all the above reasons are valid and serve the purpose, there are experiences that help us indulge even further into the culture we’re in, that enrich our very souls and fine-tune our perspectives.
During my last trip to Europe, I decided that I wanted to be involved in more “experiences” rather than just walk around and take pictures of monuments and pretty streets. Here are some of the things I managed to do 🙂
In Barcelona, I decided to rent a bicycle with my mates and explore the city streets. And even though it was a very tough ride for me as I’m not used to riding bikes in busy streets with cars to avoid, other cyclists and pedestrians to outmaneuver, let alone that I haven’t been on a bike in years and the one I took hardly allowed me to touch the ground with my feet, it has indeed taught me something new! For starters, I’m gonna be riding bikes more often!! 🙂
Folk music and traditional dances can be one of the most rewarding experiences when you travel to a new place. It actually gives you a better and deeper insight into that culture and the people who live there. I attended Flamenco shows 3 times, once in Sevilla, the birth place of Flamenco, at Casa dela Memoria and twice in Barcelona in two different venues the better of which was Tablao de Carmen. I was mesmerized by the passion that the dancers and singers exhibit through their art, unable to take away my eyes from the show! An intense experience for anyone who enjoys music and dance!
Some places will only offer the show and others will offer it with dinner and drinks or Tapas and drinks.