PHOTOS: What is Barcelona Without Paella & A Jar of Sangria? | From ‘Plaza de Catalunya’ to the Beach

Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri
Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri

Visiting Spain without eating Paella is like visiting Ghana without trying Waakye or Kenkey—or visiting Nigeria without sweating over pepper soup.

The first time I had Paella was when I visited Malaga and Marbella about two years ago and since then, it has always been on my mind. A friend told me about several restaurants in London which have Paella on their menu but why would I want to buy Paella from an Indian married to a Chinese and living in London?

Even if it looks like Paella, I doubt it would taste like the one that stole my tongue in Spain. So I had to wait—and from the time I jumped on the plane to Barcelona, it has been Paella on my mind.

Since I am out here on a budget, even if I wish to have Paella and a jar of Sangria for lunch each day, that wouldn’t be possible…

I need to head straight to the gym when the trip is over!

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The Day I Hired A Translator in Spain to Save My Hungry Butt From Eating Another Tasteless Food

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Dinner Last Night

By now you should know I am all over in Spain for a month—on a challenge and adventure.  If you do not know about the challenge I have set myself and the accompanying adventure, Click Here for it

Last night, I visited a Mexican Restaurant—it’s only Chris-Vincent who comes all the way to Spain to be eating at a Mexican restaurant with the entire menu in Spanish.

The waitress could not speak English and I couldn’t speak a word of Spanish so I was left for a few minutes to battle with the menu. Eventually, I made a bold pick and pointed it out the waitress…

When the food came, I nearly cried—it didn’t look anything like the meat I was looking forward to eat but since I am on a challenge, I couldn’t re-order anything; I had to eat it like that.

The Dinner I Hated
The Dinner I Hated

I felt stupid and useless so I decided to eat some fruit for lunch  today and come back here for dinner—this time, to get that barbecue meat I was looking to eat. I was determined to get this right so I hired a free translator—Google Translator and it worked.

I had to look at the menu and type into Google the lines I suspected to meat and bingo; I found what I was looking for. So I placed my order and here it is looking delicious below…

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What Google Translator Helped Me to Get

Since I know “Agua pronounced Iwa” means water in Spanish, I went for that too…

At the time of writing this post, I am left with 60 Euros and 12 dollars. I also had paid 78 dollars yesterday for a freelance job I did—which means I take 10% of that amount. In total, I have 60 Euros and about 19 dollars to take me through 27 days in Barcelona.

Over the weekend, I intend to look for a high paying writing job to see if I can make some more money to add to my spending wallet.

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Check out the below photos…

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Your Life is Equally Beautiful and Meaningful…

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Life is too short to keep procrastinating—and yet many of us have become masters of procrastination. It’s not just the hard work we push forward, hoping to get it done some other day; we even let go the fun, hoping to catch it up later in life.

But truly, the only time we have in life is now—and everything we deem important must be acted on now.  Tomorrow may seem just around the corner, but we many never get to see it.

I have met several people who look at my life and say, your life is beautiful and you have a lot of meaningful things going on—mostly, these comments come on days when I feel I am slacking. Though not fully true, they mostly remind me of the need to take on the challenges of life and do the things which matter to me today—as if tomorrow is not an option.

Everyone body has a beautiful life—the secret lies in how we present it to the world and more importantly, to ourselves. When it comes to meaning, we define it—and even though living a meaningful life may seem like a difficult task, it’s pretty easy.

To live a meaningful life is to be happy—and to find purpose in all the small things you do. Instead of waiting for that big opportunity, take the small one available—and move to the next small one. Instead of waiting forever for that big adventure, join the little adventure and eventually, when you add up all the little adventures and opportunities, it would make your life beautiful and meaningful. Read more

¿Qué pasa?: PHOTOS + the Adventure of One Small Hand Luggage & Just 100 Euros | Chris-Vincent to Spend A Whole Month in Barcelona With Access to NOTHING…

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¿Qué pasa?

It’s the little things that make life one big adventure, so they say—and as such, I am looking forward to an adventurous living in Spain which I invite you to follow via my blog TopVincent.Com.

This is what I am currently up to—and it’s already exciting…

I flew into Barcelona yesterday with just my passport, wallet, my laptop and a small hand luggage—and I am going to spend an adventurous one month out here in Spain.

I have just 100 Euros on me and I am supposed to live on 100 Euros for the whole month. I am allowed 10% bonus of any money I make while out here. This does not mean, I can take 10% of any regular income I already receive.

However, if I get a writing gig, a web development gig or any new advertisement/promo on any of my blogs while out here, I am allowed to take 10% of that revenue and add it to my spending money…

It’s certainly going to be tough but I believe I can do it.

I am not allowed to use any of my credit or debit cards unless there is an emergency and I am only allowed to wear the 5-6 t-shirts I brought in my little hand luggage (photo below). I am permitted to buy anything I need but the money must come from the 100 Euros I came here with or the 10% bonus gained from freelance work done while out here.

I am excited about this adventure and challenge and even before my plan landed in Barcelona, I made 120 dollars from a freelance job I accepted while at the airport. This means, I will add 12 dollars from this job to my 100 Euros allowance.

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Even though I have been to Malaga and Marbella in the past, this is my first time in Barcelona and apart from the adventurous living I am looking forward to—the weather is exceptionally beautiful.

I will regularly write on my experiences and what is happening to me out here on TopVincent.Com so don’t forget to check it out.

I decided to eat ‘large’ on my first day at a small town near Barcelona pronounced BIC but spelt VIC, spending 18 Euros out of my available 100 Euros & 12 dollars on food and a slippers I need. I am left with 72 Euros and 12 dollars—and I have 29 days ahead of me.

If you’ve not already spotted the purpose of this; it’s fun, adventurous and more importantly, I want to learn the hard way how to live on little—and push myself to make new money when away without touching my monthly revenue sources.

It’s all part of the dot com lifestyle—and the need to create life adventures worth telling.

***My dot com friend has a beautiful holiday apartment here, so I have a FREE accommodation for the month. Sometimes, it’s good to have rich friends***

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Check below for some photos so far…

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Another Reason Why Living in the UK SUCKS!

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For a fact, living in the UK has several great benefits but there are those days when you wake up to certain incidents and you say to yourself; it sucks living here.

When I see people drive Ferrari and those expensive cars in UK, especially London, I mostly wonder where they park them. I guess most of these people may have private garages since the usual and what most people do—parking by the roadside is a nightmare.

Owning a very expensive car may be great but I don’t think even if I am given one for free in the UK, I will be excited about it. From my experience, this will be more of a liability and headache, solely because of the parking situation and what mostly happens to the many who leave their cars by the roadside.

When I used to work at the Luton Law Centre, one of the lawyers told me about how he just buys only very old cars (old bangers)—and 6 to 8 months down the line, he throws them away and buys the next. Explaining his position which I now think makes sense, he said; you park your car by the road side and some punk of a driver always hits you, and then runs off.

In the last two years, I’ve had all the two cars I’ve owned smashed into—by some run away drivers and it really sucks.

I just got up in North London this morning to go to IKEA, only to find that while I was snoring and dreaming about winning the Euro millions, some punk smashed my car.

It was in Luton that my previous car was crashed into while parked by the roadside—and this just happened in London. I have several friends who have suffered this annoying occurrence more than 3 times in different parts of the United Kingdom, as far as Yorkshire.

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And to be frank, it sucks….This is why I wonder why anyone would want to be driving around with a car worth high thousands if the person has to park by the roadside like most of us do.

I will not bother myself fixing the dent and marks the run-away driver left, because another may just do it again when I spend money to fix it. This is why I say no one should own anything extremely expensive that he/she cannot afford to lose. It sucks but I am not much bothered—imagine if it was some damn Ferrari?

Maybe one day I will find one of these hit and run drivers and I will be able to punch him or her in the face—that is, if the police will grant me immunity from prosecution.

Perhaps, it is owning a car that sucks—and soon, I will just get a bicycle to escape from this nightmare…

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