Over Easter weekend, I decided to make a trip out to Oslo, once again avoiding staying in my city of residence over a holiday. I wanted to see mountains and fjords, but both the weather and timing were uncooperative. It then became a race to find the cheapest way to see the city while staying indoors at key points (i.e. when it was raining), which was a challenge all its own.
I was fortunate to travel most of the weekends that I was in Stuttgart in 2011. In particular, much of my travel then (as even now, in hindsight) was focused on hiking locations, and there ended up being fewer actual visits to cities than what completed lists of suggested locations from friends would have shown. One such location was Barcelona: several friends described it as being their favorite city in their time abroad, but with mountains calling I never made it there. I finally was able to visit some friends who chose it as a temporary reprieve from the Illinois winter. Initially uneasy that I would give up on an already dry and warm winter, in hindsight I’m glad the trip worked out, because the city is a bright, lively destination. No wonder the locals stay out as long as they do!