Of all the cool spots I’ve stumbled upon over the years, whether close to home or in my travels, none brings such a smile to my face as memories of the bar at the Antic Teatre in the El Born district in Barcelona. After a hectic first day wandering around the very touristy Barri Gótic, the laid back vibe of this secret garden was a joy to find. It illustrates a fundamental principle of travel, especially solo travel: Be brave, throw out your guidebook (sometimes), and just follow the locals.