Here’s part 2 of our Barcelona trip! If you missed the first half, be sure to check out part 1 before going onto this second half (it explains the trip more generally).
Barcelona is famous for the art and architecture of Antoni Gaudí, and two well-known places to see that work are Park Guell and La Sagrada Familia. I was super excited to see these two places, and they didn’t fail to impress! Park Guell was pretty crazy, and I was fascinated with the way he shaped everything and so smoothly followed those shapes with mosaic or stones. Another fun piece was that we rented bikes to hit up these two places, and I really missed biking over the last few months 🙂
La Sagrada Familia
This cathedral was beyond epic, and it’s still ten years away from being complete, and nowhere near as big and crazy as it’s going to be! Designed by Gaudí, and now holding his body, La Sagrada Familia should be done by 2026 (when I am planning my trip back here to see it!) There are 8 towers now, and many more under construction. When completed, the basilica will be just shorter than Montjuic, because Gaudí said that the work of man should not be higher than the work of God. His admiration for the superiority of God’s creative powers is woven all throughout, as the inside and many of the carvings around it are representative of nature. I encourage you to read about this place – there’s so much to be said and I’m not going to say it all – but it really is a masterpiece and a genius work.
The area where our apartment is located is called Barceloneta, and includes the ports and beaches. On Friday we finally decided to get out and explore this area, having our most chill (and cheapest) day yet! I especially enjoyed just sitting on some rocks over the water, soaking in the sun which was just warm enough through my thick, wool sweater to keep from getting too cold 🙂
New Year’s Eve
Our NYE consisted of exploring a huge antique/flea market! Perfect timing – my purse broke a couple of days ago (so I found a cheap new one) and I bought too much food to bring back to the camps (so I also found a cheap carry-on suitcase). After the flea market, we had our cooking class! We started with a group trip to La Boquería, a huge fresh food market, to buy our ingredients. We then enjoyed tapas and sangria before cooking paella together! We didn’t go out afterwards for any NYE celebrations because we were exhausted and way too full, but heard plenty of fireworks and boat horns when the clock struck 12 so at least we sort-of experienced it from our apartment 🙂
New Year’s Day itself was fairly uneventful, but it was nice to have a day to relax, pack, and write up these blog posts while I still have reliable internet 🙂 Overall, the was a long and very full trip, but I am glad to be back in my desert home and start up again with the life I have established here!