Paris has the Eiffel Tower. Berlin has the Berlin Wall. London has Big Ben and the London Eye. Barcelona has the still unfinished Sagrada Familia. Because good things take time, right? Before heading over to the Sagrada Familia, however, I first made my way to the Casas Amatller and Batlló. I didn’t go in, mostly because a.) waiting in lines are actually my least favourite way to spend a day and those lines were stupid long and b.) that stuff seriously adds up. Super fast. Another time, I would definitely love to head on in and I’ll just have to make sure to make my way back.
I don’t know if any of you know this about me (you probably do), but I probably have the worst sense of direction. Ever. So it really didn’t help that walking to Sagrada Familia is done on a street (Avinguda Diagonal) that doesn’t stay linked up the whole way through. I was that poor, lost person on the corner of the street, turning around in slow circles, wondering how I managed to get so lost within five steps. But! I did finally find the cathedral and see that line? Yeah. I wanted no part in that, so I sat in the park nearby and people watched before walking around for a bit and heading off.
A note on me and my travel habits: I do tend to have a ‘less is more’ approach to lots of the places I go to. I know a lot of people would disagree and say that if you’re going to go, then go and I agree that that does have its merits. I tend to enjoy sitting or walking and watching people or being outside versus waiting in line and standing in a crowd of people and craning my neck. While I won’t deny the beauty and the artistry of the things I’m craning my neck to see, it just doesn’t appeal to me. That’s just how I am. As well, my budget as an au pair is limited at best and Barcelona was a fairly last minute trip, planning/saving wise. This also limited the things I could do/justify spending money on. Did that mean that I enjoyed Barcelona any less? Not a chance. I loved it so, so much. Just what I enjoyed was different than what other people might want to do/consider important on their trip.
Things I’m Loving:
+ A trip to Reykjavic – (I would love to go so much!)
+ On petite heroines – (On the current trend.)
+ Lemon & Lavender Buttermilk Cake – (I need this. Now.)
+ This poster – (I’d love to have it hanging in my future house!)