Things we love:

We love the fact that drinking in the sun followed by a siesta in the afternoon is not seen as lazy. Barcelona is like a Mecca for skateboarders, and some pretty hot ones as well. They make mean tapas and Cava is the new Champagne. The G&Ts are badass, and people start drinking them around 11pm. The architecture and art is incredible. 

Things we wish we’d known:

People don’t necessarily speak English, or even Spanish - Catalan is a whole different ball game. Barcelona has a beach - who'd have known! They even imported the palm trees from Hawaii and the sand comes from Egypt.  If you start the party before 10pm you'll find the streets pretty quiet, Catalans are night owls. Pick Pockets work at all hours - embrace the fanny pack.