If you’re looking for an adventure look no further than 10 feet from my international traveling partner Jen. She can sniff out a good time no matter what city or country she is in and that is why I didn’t hesitate when she suggested we go “Zorbing” while in London.
What is Zorbing you ask?
Zorbing is a big rubber ball filled with freezing cold water (or as they call it “warm”) that you jump inside of and then proceed to roll down a huge hill.
Yes that hole is even smaller than it looks
Why should I go?
You’ll learn to love small spaces
You will get closer to your friends…
You’ll form killer abs
Ok maybe not killer abs, but they will hurt from laughing so much
Sounds nuts right?
You would be correct. However, you might just find you have an amazing time.
Now Zorbing is about an hour outside the city so make sure and plan ahead and get directions to the tube and the train station. Don’t make the same mistake we did and hire an Uber driver who proceeded to take us the exceptionally long and windy route which not only made my inside green but also cost $50 bucks one way. Plan ahead, friends!
Overall I give Zorbing 4 stars only missing one star due to how far it will take you to get to the Zorbing Ranch. When we went in September it was around $75 which I would gladly pay again!
Side note* Spring for the go pro video or bring your own. We bought the video and that is how we were able to have these hilarious photos.
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Zorbing London & South East England
If you're looking for an adventure look no further than 10 feet from my international traveling partner Jen. She can sniff out a good time no matter what city or country she is in and that is why I didn't hesitate when she suggested we go "Zorbing" while in London. What is Zorbing you ask? [...]
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My time in Barcelona was rather short but I will give you a list of 5 things that I did while in Barcelona. Please feel free to add your favorite things about this great city!
So this was a big goal of my friend’s that I went on my first Eurotrip with. She wanted to be able to check off the list that she had dipped her toes in the Mediterranean and what a worthy goal it was. From our hostel we had to walk about 2 miles (I chose to wear sandals that day BIG mistake I later discovered) to make it to the beach. Barcelona is pretty pedestrian friendly and there were several signs that helped lead us to our destination.
It was cold but it is now checked off the list!
Take a Walk Down Las Ramblas
Las Ramblas is a main street in Barcelona filled with shops, beautiful architecture, and plenty to eat. It is the heart of the city and a main attraction.
Drink from the Fountain of La Font de Canaletes
Rumor has it anyone who drinks from the Fountain of La Font de Canaletes will one day return to Barcelona. So Naturally it was the first place we went. The fountain can be found in the Las Ramblas.
Visit one of Gaudi’s houses
Antoni Gaudi was a famous architect whose many works can be seen throughout the city. I highly suggest going to see at least one of his famous houses throughout your stay. The funky architecture is what makes Barcelona so unique and lovable.
You MUST Visit Gaudi’s Park
Even if you decide to skip out on Gaudi’s houses I am right now insisting that you visit Gaudi’s Park. The view alone is worth it. Barcelona is such a beautiful city and Gaudi’s Park gives you one of the best views. It is a bus ride so make sure you check out the website and plan your trip ahead.
Barcelona is an exciting city full of culture and tons of fun. Our time was so short that I must go back to fully enjoy all that it has to offer.
Barcelona was my first city to visit out of North America and my first chance at trying new food. Although we were on a pretty tight budget I still had the opportunity to try some fun new foods. Eating is my favorite way to experience a culture so always try to allow for some dining experiences!
Everywhere you turn in Barcelona there was a deli shop filled with delicious bread wafting through the air filling up the streets tempting you to come inside. The great thing is sandwiches are only about 5-6 euros and can easily be split between two people or saved for later. Although by the end of my trip I refused to eat anything resembling a sandwich It’s still a delicious cheap lunch!
*Quick Tip- Get your meal to go and find a bench or sidewalk to post up at and you can save 2-3 Euros per meal.
Jamon y Butter Sandwich paired with cherries bought for super cheap at the market!
Tapas & Sangria
So I am a little sad to say we only had one experience eating tapas in Barcelona and I wasn’t the biggest fan. However I have had tapas in the US and I fell in love. If you aren’t aware Tapas are small plates of a variety of foods. They are usually small bites of one item. It makes a meal really fun and gives you a chance to try different foods. If you have a Tapas restaurant to suggest please comment below!
De La Boqueria Mercat
If you have the opportunity take a stroll through the Mercat a huge outdoor farmer’s market inside the city of Barcelona. There are varieties of foods to choose from including fresh fruit and vegetables. One thing that helped with the budget was grabbing some cherries, apples, or oranges and adding it as a side for our lunches (sandwiches).
Tons of fruit and veggies to choose from
Meat stands in the La Boqueria
You will find throughout my blog that I stay in hostels. I actually LOVE staying in hostels. I think hostels are a great way to save money, meet people, and ensure you will have a safe clean place to stay. This is all thanks to my great friends Kit and Andie. They planned pretty much 100%(and by pretty much I mean 100%) of the Eurotrip we took together and that includes staying at hostels.
In Barcelona we found the Hostel “Equity Point” through a great website called Hostelworld.com. I highly suggest you use it to find your next hostel. The website will narrow hostels down by city and then by reviews or amenities you may need. It’s so easy to find the best hostel for your needs and it is yet to let me down.
These lucky people wouldn’t move, so they made it into my picture
Our hostel cost about 30 Euro’s per night per bed with breakfast included. The hostel it’s self it’s several stories tall including a kitchen, inside bar, and an outside bar with a breathtaking view of Barcelona.
View of the city from rooftop bar
Now to the room itself. The room was rather small but since there were 4 of us in a group it worked out because we got the room all to ourselves and only had to share the bathroom with one other room (which was a single). We also had fairly large lockers which you don’t often get in hostels. Don’t forget to bring a lock! The main downside to the room would be that WIFI isn’t available 🙁
Shawn wanted to demonstrate how roomy the lockers were.
Again I cannot reiterate the value of a kitchen inside a hostel. I am all for eating out as much as possible but it’s also so nice to be able to grab food from the market and cook a healthy cheap meal at your hostel so you can relax and unwind from the long day of sight seeing.
Overall I would highly recommend the Equity Point Centric in Barcelona! The beds were comfy, the hostel was clean, and they had a bar plus kitchen! Not to mention it was in a perfect part of Barcelona making it incredibly walkable. What more could you want out of life?