After a year of comfort and a lot of work being back in California, I finally made it back to Europe. Just visiting Europe last year was too much of a tease. So, after I got my certificate to teach English, I made a plan to move to Barcelona, Spain (Catalonia) for 3 months. A city filled with artistically unique architecture created by the genius Antoni Gaudi, which will completely blow your mind when you see it in person. This guy’s talent was way beyond his time. This city is vibrant, energetic, with many tapas and restaurants galore, including a laid back lifestyle that every American can learn from. Being on this journey of enlightenment and moving to Europe, I wanted to embrace this adventure and deprogram my American ways. And remember to work to live, instead of living to work.
I had an amazing and long weekend throwing myself into getting lost in the city. But, I always say to embrace getting lost when you travel or move somewhere new, I always find the best places even if I do get frustrated at times. Being in Spain is a great reminder to be a less uptight American, and just enjoy living your life. Frustrations are silly, let it go. And work is just work. These are the moments to really live for. So, enjoy your life!
Here are some of my favorite places that I have fallen in love with while exploring the city of Barcelona. Hopefully this will inspire you to take a break from your normal routine and come escape to the city of pleasure and love. Benvinguts! (Welcome in Catalan)
1. If you are going to live or find a place to stay in Barcelona, stay in Gothic Quarter. You have everything you need right here in the city. Including a whole lot of energy, history, architecture, art, and amazing food.
2. All about the art here
3. I love walking around the city wondering what I should eat next…
4. Watch a sunset at the top of Hotel Gaudi
5. You must must see Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia
6. Check out more views of the city and art, from Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
7. My favorite sunset spot in the city, a 360 degree view of Barcelona, from Hotel Barcelo Raval
Adios Amigos x