It's Better to Travel than Arrive?

"To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive"

Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque, 1881.

"Robert Louis Stevenson speaks utter tosh and has

obviously never flown long haul economy class"

Kristy, first ever blog post, 2011.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Ellie Goulding Concert

With my new BFF, Ellie Goulding.  Oh no!  Am I about to spill my watermelon daiquiri?

We had tickets to an intimate concert with Ellie Goulding at the W in Barcelona on the Saturday night, and she and her band were in the lobby of the W, checking in at the same time we were.  They were allocated rooms on the same floor as us, and we were thrilled to discover we'd been upgraded to a corner  suite with floor to ceiling glass looking out over the ocean - lush!  We even had a huge bath tub in the middle of the bedroom, looking out on those great views.

Our suite, from the bath tub!

We had a very lazy afternoon with the UK papers in the chic restaurant, then mooching around in our lovely suite, before getting ready and heading downstairs for a drink or two.  At 8pm we swapped our invitation for VIP laminate passes and were shown into an ante-room filled with lovely nibblies and a free cocktail bar - yay!

At 9pm we moved into the concert room with about 100 other people.  It was a really chilled out space, with staff running in and out delivering bean bags, poufs and cushions.  Everyone arranged themselves around the place and then Ellie and her band arrived.

Ellie did a set of about 10 songs and everyone really enjoyed it.  She was very interactive with the crowd and her music is so easy to like.  For those of you that don't know her so well, she sang at the wedding reception of Wills & Kate this year, and has won a Brit award.  Her version of Elton John's "Your Song" is quite lovely.

Ellie Goulding, "Your Song"

After the concert we could use our laminates to jump to the front of the line and scoot into the express lift up to the nightclub on the 26th floor.  Those who know me well know that the words "nightclub" and "Kristy" don't really go together, but even I've got to admit it was pretty cool to be ushered behind the VIP ropes and to meet (and have my photo taken) with Ellie whilst I slurped my cocktail.

We had a fabulous time and got back to the room quite late, which wasn't one of our best ideas considering we had a 4.30am wake up call to get to the airport in time for our flight home!

So, Ellie Goulding?  Fabulous.  Barcelona?  Great!  We'll definitely be back.

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