My short vacation in Barcelona, Spain, was likely the most balanced trip I took during my three-year tour in Darmstadt, Germany. Scenery, culture, partying, relaxation — my companions and I enjoyed them all in equal measures. We traveled to Barcelona from the Frankfurt-Hahn airport via Ryanair for roughly 45 euros each. At the Barcelona Girona airport, 20 euros more got us round-trip bus tickets to the city proper. We traveled in late February and the weather was great for the time of year. I wouldn’t recommend swimming (we wore jackets during the day), but the sun was warm and the skies were clear.