Day 1 – Travel and Barcelona My trip started with an early flight to Barcelona from Bristol. It was nice to not have to do the commute to Heathrow that I feel like I’ve done for all my flights for the last few years! I arrived in Barcelona, picked up my hire car and headed in to the city. I’d pre-booked a parking space in the city, which was a short drive from the airport and well located for getting into the ‘central’ bit of Barcelona. Turns out, I’d chosen to park underneath the National Palace. Fairly impressive! Turn around the other direction, and you get a lovely view of Tibidabo – more on that later. I had an hour or so until @Ben and Sam arrived, so I made the walk from there to La Rambla. For those of you that have been you’ll know what I mean, for those of you that haven’t you’ll have to take my word for it – but Barcelona is a lovely city to wander around. There are lots of little side streets to explore and the architecture is very picturesque. Finally made it to La Rambla, only a few minutes before Ben and Sam arrived – good timing! We decided we wanted a bit of a walk before lunch, so we walked down towards the harbour, had a mince around and then went for some lunch. All simple and good stuff. Finally we decided to make tracks back to the car, before making our way to Salou. After a relatively eventful drive (eventful for tolls and waterspouts, at least), we arrived in Salou. We checked in to the hotel that the majority of us were staying in. Checking in was a bit burdenous – for some reason they wanted €100 as a deposit. Easy enough. In cash? Oh off. After giving them a bit of grief, they finally conceded that we could put the deposit on a credit card. A very strange hotel policy, and only after we’d explained that we didn’t want €100, in cash, the day we were flying home did they agree that we could use the card. Stupid. Anyway, Ben and Sam were staying in Gold River (one of the on-site PA hotels), so I dropped them off at the hotel, headed to the supermarket to get a few bits and bobs (bits and bobs = beer and cake), and then stopped off to get some photos of Red Force at night. Ben and Sam were too impatient to wait for Red Force, so they slithered in to Ferrari Land that night! It was much colder than any of us had been expecting this weekend, and after taking photos for about 30-40 mins, I decided to call it a day. I was cold and wanted a beer – plus @Lofty, Alfie and @oriolat2 weren’t far away! After I had met the guys in the hotel room we went for an exciting dinner in a busy McDonalds (I think it’s the only place in Salou open at this time of year, to be honest), and then came back to the room to meet @DelPiero. After many, many more beers and a bit of bedroom reshuffling, @nadroJ and @Belfast Conor arrived and it was nearly time for bed. Port Aventura tomorrow!