04/10/2014 02:30 pm ET Updated Jun 10, 2014

Dreaming of Barcelona

I've been giddier than usual this week as I'm finalizing my travel plans for 2014. I've got an amazing itinerary promising four months of fun and learning--and there'll be lots of great new information to share. I'll be vigorously posting almost daily from some of my favorite corners of Europe. And for the next week or so until I fly away, we're running video clips to get us all in the mood.

Barcelona is vibrant and proud. Midway between Madrid and Paris, it has a Madrid-style love of life and a Parisian elegance and sense of taste. Now that Europe is uniting, Madrid is no longer so threatened by this powerhouse on the Mediterranean. And locals are allowed to wave their Catalonian flags and teach their children Catalonian first and Spanish "as a second language." This clip captures the spirit of this economic and cultural dynamo.