Barcelona, Spain

Hello, Barcelona

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I associate colours with cities. Which is news to me and something I didn’t realize until I was sitting in my hostel in Barcelona and someone asked me how Barcelona and Nice were different. Nice is yellow and orange. I’m not 100% exactly why, to be honest. The best reason I can come up with is this picture. Barcelona, well, Barcelona is blue and green, light, almost clear, glasslike colours. That, in turn, is probably because of this.  I agree that maybe it’s a little bizarre, but at this point, what else would you expect from me? (Madrid, if you’re wondering, is purple and red. )

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There was something about finally arriving, seven hours later, in Barcelona. I stepped out of the car (I used BlaBlaCar, which I highly recommend!) and was hit with that rush of newness, of anticipation, knowing I had a week and that anything could happen. It was something I hadn’t felt in a long time* and just having that feeling again was wonderful and energizing. My hostel was right off La Rambla, which was perfect.  I was close to pretty much everything and the walk to the beach was lovely. There were a couple of ways I made my way to/from the beach, but the one I used the most was to walk down to the Columbus monument and then head down the boardwalk until you get to Barceloneta. I’m going to be honest here, the boardwalk in Nice is, in my opinion, much prettier than the one in Barcelona, though the one in Barcelona is much more interesting. I find, anyways. I walked down there every day and it was great just to see the people, the boats in the port, the food vendors (omg the waffles were absolutely maddening with how good they smelled!), the street performers and skateboarders.

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The palm trees, the smell of salt in the air, the breeze off the ocean, the interesting buildings everywhere.  So different from my Madrid and exactly what I was looking for.

Things I’m Loving:

+ This song – (Has been on repeat for almost two weeks now.)
+ Under the radar European cities to visit – (If you’re making summer plans.)
+ This typeface – (Makes me so happy I am currently grinning like a fool at my screen right now.)
+ Chocolate pudding – (That sounds perfect right now.)

*if you didn’t get Star Wars IV vibes at that sentence, shame on you

 

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Hello, Barcelona

  1. Maman Jac-o says:

    Amazing pictures – yet again! Was happy to finally see some posted from your trip! Cool how they were different from the ones you had already shared with us….did you take lots or something?! 😉

    • I was a bit hesitant with it as well, but all of my friends have used it several times and my trip to/from Barcelona was nothing short of perfect. All drivers have profiles and I’m fairly selective about who I’m willing to hop in a vehicle with. There’s definitely some listening to your gut, but I’ve only heard good things from people who’ve used it!

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