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I enjoy especially enjoy trying out the food and drink when I visit a new region. While eating a meal I often meet other travelers or get into conversations with the staff at the restaurant or bar. I have become accustomed to dining alone while traveling but if you are nervous about the idea of solo dining I have some solo tips for eating alone.
Another way to get out and enjoy the culture while visiting a new place is to attend a concert, dance performance, or sporting event. Often times, even on the event date, there are great seats available for a single ticket to an event. I attended a Flamenco concert in Barcelona at the magnificent Palau de la Musica Catalana performing arts venue.
Sometimes there are music concerts at small venues with historical interest. I have attended concerts at both the Santa Anna church in Barcelona and the Hagia Irene in Istanbul. The old churches tend to have outstanding acoustics.
Another great way to learn about the local culture is to sign up for a class while you are traveling. Signing up for a dance class or cooking class will provide you with a way to meet other people and learn about the culture.
While visiting Montreal I met another solo traveler who was attending dance classes. She told me she had been afraid to travel alone because she felt it would be awkward to be going out alone in the evenings. By signing up for a dance class she had something to do each evening while visiting Montreal and she spent the day time exploring the city.
Walking around a city is my favorite way to explore on my own. I love it when I come across some outstanding street art or public art simply by chance. Montreal and Rio de Janeiro have some excellent street art. Even in smaller places, like Lloret de Mar on the Mediterranean coast of Spain, I found an abundance of public art during my morning walks around town.
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Following are the highlights of my 9 days of solo travel in Barcelona from May 15th to 24th are just a taste of what makes Barcelona an extraordinary city. I am in LOVE with Barcelona!!! During the coming weeks I will write in more detail about each of the places featured in my photos below […]
Casa Vicens located in the Gracia district of Barcelona is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Works of Antoni Gaudi. Casa Vicens is a private residence so there is currently no viewing the inside of the house although once per year on St Rita’s Day – May 22 Casa Vicens is usually open to the neighbors […]
Palau de la Musica Catalana (Palace of Catalan Music) is a magnificent concert hall in La Ribera neighborhood of Barcelona, Spain designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner and completed in 1908. The concert hall features an elaborate stained glass dome which was designed to help bring some natural light into the hall as there were […]
I flew out of Austin headed to Barcelona via NYC on Wednesday morning and a short while into the flight I noticed the clouds all seemed to be lined up in tidy little rows as if someone had planted them in the sky! I am always in awe of cloud formations – looking up at […]
I had been apprehensive to travel to Rio and South America in general – mostly because I could only speak English and I felt it was necessary to speak the local language to get by in South America. Wanderlust and the brutal heat of summer in central Texas won out over my apprehension. I […]
Traveling alone to the province of Quebec in August 2011 I spent my first week in Montreal then traveled to Quebec City on an afternoon train with Via Rail. It was an enjoyable journey of 3 1/2 hours or so. I arrived in Quebec to a sunny afternoon and made my way to the Hosteling […]
Christmas day 2012 I took a morning flight from Bogota to Medellin after a sleepless night due to the hostel owner’s hosting their Navidad party for their friends and turning the whole place into a nightclub until 6:00 in the morning – complete with DJ. I crashed at 3:00 AM. As is often the case […]
The Museo de Antioquia is one of the most popular art museums of Medellin Colombia. Located in Central Medellin next to the Plaza Botero and just a block from the Berrio Park Metro station on the A Line. Especially for solo travelers I would recommend only visiting this neighborhood during daytime – it’s not the […]
Plaza Botero is located in the central neighborhood of La Candelaria in Medellin Colombia – between the Museum of Antioquia and the Rafael Uribe Uribe Palace of Culture. During the daytime the plaza is filled with tourists posing with and rubbing their hands over the large-scale bronze statues by the famous Colombian artist Fernando Botero. […]
I visited Casa Museo Pedro Nel Gomez in December 2012 during my second trip to Colombia. I mentioned the museum in my post The Kindness of Strangers a few days ago. The museum was my favorite in Medellin, although on a different day I may say that Museo de Antioquia was my favorite! I fall […]
South by SouthWest (SXSW) in Austin Texas is the annual film, interactive, music conference and festival which began in 1987. My first SXSW experience was in 2000 when I purchased a wristband for $95 and found out I still had to wait in lines and could be turned away even with the wristband. I went […]
Istanbul, Turkey is on my list of favorite cities for solo travelers. Istanbul is a fascinating mix of ancient and modern. The first time I visited I stayed in the Sultanahmet district due to the abundance of historic sites within walking distance and the availability of cheap accommodation. If luxury is more your style try the […]