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#BNxBarcelona: Visiting Camp Nou, Barcelona FC Stadium & A Huge Announcement – Read about Nana Kennedy-Kwofie’s Exciting Experience in Barcelona for BN Travel!

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Hello fellow BellaNaijarians, it’s Nana Kennedy-Kwofie again! For those of you who missed out on all the juice I’m about to spill, I’ve just returned from a wonderful trip to Barcelona and I’d like to share my experiences with you all!

Read my first introduction post here to find out a little more about me but this post is all about Barcelona, so enjoy.

Picture courtesy of @ishootbrands

Before I begin I must express my gratitude to STAR Lager and the Nigerian Breweries PLC, FC Barcelona, Black House Media (BHM) for taking me on the trip. I’d also like to thank BellaNaija for giving me this AWESOME BN Travel opportunity and finally thank you BELLANAIJARIANS for accompanying me on this trip!

DAY 1

I got to Murtala Muhammad International Airport around 8 pm and met BHM’s Project Director, Henry Ekechukwu, who helped me during the check in process. I was introduced to everyone who would be traveling with me to Barcelona from Nigeria; Maria Okanrende from the Beat 99.9 FM, Tunde Abioye from Punch newspaper and Tokunbo Adodo from Nigerian Breweries PLC.

Everything went very smoothly and before you know it all my bags were checked in and I was ready to fly.

The flight was approximately 6 hours long and I slept through the entire flight! But obviously not before I made sure to eat #Foodiealert! We reached Amsterdam at around 5:30am and headed directly to our connecting flight which left at 6:35am

DAY 2

I arrived in Spain safe and sound. The ride from the airport to the hotel was short and pleasant.

We checked into the Hilton Hotel where I was greeted with a card and a comfy bed. The view from my room was lovely!

Since I was tired from the flight I rested for a while before going to have a late lunch with Maria from the Beat 99.9 FM

We went to La Rambla, which is a popular street for tourists and locals in central Barcelona. We walked a short distance and got to the Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria which is a market.

The market was a sensory overload, we were surrounded by a vibrant display of colourful and delicious food and drink: fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish, ice cream, blended juices and so much more. As a lover of food, the market as such a great experience for me!

Market Treasures!

Market Treasures!

Market Treasures!

Market Treasures!

Market Treasures!

Market Treasures!

After exploring the market we decided to get a bite to eat, we went to a restaurant called Kubik where I ordered some tasty salmon with veggies.

After doing a little shopping we finally went back to the hotel I found my mother there in my room (yay!). So I’m sure you’re thinking “that’s a bit random” lol and I wouldn’t blame you. Well, my mother works and lives in Budapest, Hungary and upon hearing I’d being coming to Barcelona booked a ticket to see her one and only daughter ❤️️

We had a nice dinner together and caught up. It’s always so good to see my mother. And I was glad she was there to support me on my first big assignment. I love you mummy.

DAY 2 RECAP

DAY 3

So today is the big day! Woke up extra early, curled my hair. To be frank, I wasn’t exactly sure what the big announcement would be but I was quite excited.

I know we are headed to Camp Nou, which is the football stadium for the Barcelona Football Club (FC Barcelona). After having breakfast and I was ready for the day. We all met in the lobby and everyone was dressed to the nines. Everyone looked great!

Omavua Akatugba, Myself, Kayode Olowu and Tunji Abioye before heading to Camp Nou

Maria Okanrende and I before Camp Nou

I met and chatted with a few representatives of the Nigerian Breweries PLC. Below is a photo of Franco Maria-Maggi (Marketing Director), myself, and Kufre Ekanem (Corporate Affairs Adviser) of Nigerian Breweries PLC before Camp Nou.

We headed to Camp Nou, which was only a short ride away. It was huge! As I was posting on social media, a lot of my friends who are supporters of Barcelona were sending me messages of how jealous they were. Below is a photo of  the Football stadium at Camp Nou


Me at Camp Nou

Once we got there we were led to an executive room and were welcomed by representatives of FC Barcelona.


Silvio Elias, a member of the Board Economic Commission for FC Barcelona giving a welcome address.

After a few welcoming speeches, the news we had all been waiting for was revealed! We learned that STAR Lager and FC Barcelona would be partnering together. Seems a like the perfect partnership to me. Most people I know crack open a cold beer to watch the big game.

Perfect partnership!

I got to meet Edgar Davids who is a football Legend. He played for Barcelona and came to the ceremony.

Edgar Davids and I

After the ceremony we were given a tour of Camp Nou. I didn’t know much about FC Barcelona and I learnt a lot on that tour.

After the tour, it was reception time! We were given endless food and drinks!

Reception time! #BNxBarcelona #BNTravel #StarFootballLeague #BHM #NKKTakesoverBN @star_ng @bhmng

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The reception ended and we went back to the hotel to rest. It was a great way to end a wonderful ceremony. Later that evening my mother and I decided to go to La Rambla with Omavua Akatugba and Kayode Olowu for our last supper. We stuffed ourselves silly and had great conversations. It was a fun night.

DAY 3 RECAP

DAY 4

We’re leaving Barcelona today! I’ve had such a wonderful time here and I’m a little sad to leave.

We left the hotel very early in the morning and got to the airport quite early. I was able to get gifts for my family and friends. We got on our flight and left Barcelona.

I touched down in Lagos around 8pm, safe and sound!

I’ve had such a great time here and I’ll treasure the trip for a long time! Nana Kennedy-Kwofie signing out and wishing you all PEACE, LOVE and PROSPERITY!

Check out #BNxBarcelona for all the exciting posts and for more pictures.

15 Comments

  1. Las

    March 7, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Great recap of Barcelona, although Catalan is considered the primary language, not Spanish. I wonder if you had enough time to see other sites – Parc Guell, Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera etc

  2. Anoush

    March 7, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Well done Nana 😉 We are all very proud of you!

  3. Pierre njouyep

    March 7, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Fantastic Nana
    i appel y and proud for you delighted trip
    Hope tomorrow Barcelone foot ball club will win

  4. Stella

    March 7, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Great Sights and Sounds!!!

  5. Chioma Onyema

    March 7, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Wow! Reading through, felt like being on the trip with you…I can’t wait to visit Barcelona. Kudos Nana, you are doing great! Errands Team

  6. Stella

    March 7, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Great Sights!

  7. Teena Awu

    March 7, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Wow, reading your report from Barcelona, it seemed as if I was there living every moment with you !!! Thanks for sharing this experience with us and for a taste of Barcelona !! Off to buy my ticket !! I wanna go too !!!!

  8. Anoush

    March 7, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Well done Nana 😉 We are all proud of you!

    • Anoush

      March 7, 2017 at 3:02 pm

      Well done Nana 😉 We are all very proud of you!

  9. Pickie

    March 7, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Wow what a splendid tour in such a short trip and mother n daughter both looking ravishing – – I really enjoyed your trip with you so much that I too was sad u left ?

  10. Deola

    March 7, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    Great job Coz. Very well represented. You did a fantastic job. Really proud.

  11. Samuel Tay

    March 8, 2017 at 6:59 am

    Wonderful experience. Hope u were given a BACA jersey with ur name written on it.

  12. Sly

    March 8, 2017 at 7:06 am

    Fantastic recap….. Visited Barcelona some 15 years ago with the family. Lived opposite the Cathedral “La Sagrada Familia”. A wonderful edifice of Gaudi. Bumped into the footballer Ronaldinho! But didn’t get time to make a full tour as you Nana and your friends have done…. Congratulations and hope you will continue to introduce us to other wonderful cities…..

  13. Taylor Ware

    March 8, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    I cannot believe that I met such a wonder influential person on my college journey. This experience looks amazing, not to mention the food.

  14. Marianne

    March 13, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Great job Nana! I love the shots of the Barca market, with its colorful variety of products
    Well done

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