Last week, I celebrated spring break in Spain!! Of course every trip has it's ups and downs but I truly had the most amazing time in Barcelona. While in Barcelona I visited La Sagrada Familia, Park Güelle, and explored the Gothic Quarter, Plaça Catalunya, and of course---the beach!
I was excited to go to Spain because I have become so much more interested in architecture and art. Let me tell you--- I was not let down! Barcelona's architecture is beautiful. Honestly, the beauty cannot be captured in images. La Sagrada Familia was intense. I am not a religious person whatsoever but it left me speechless. The amount of detail engraved into the exterior and interior of the cathedral is mind-blowing. Not to mention, it isn't expected to be complete until 2025. There's already so much work that has been put in, I can't even begin to imagine what's to come next.
I have to say, my favorite thing about Barcelona-- by far--- is the food! Maybe it's because I've been living in London for the last five months so I've gotten used to bland UK food and it just seemed to much more appealing, but it truly was.
Iberian ham is life. Tapas are life. Spain is the dream.
The Spanish know how to eat!
Prior to this trip, I didn't know much about Barcelona other the typical facts from your basic travel show and social studies class. This however was not the case by the time I left Saturday morning.
The stretch of land from Barcelona to Valencia is called Catalunya. Catalunya has for years been trying to secede from Spain. In fact, they already have their own flag and language. In this area, they do not primarily speak Spanish, instead it's Catalan (which is a mix of Spanish and French). However, if you have a decent amount of knowledge of other languages you'll see that it isn't that hard to navigate the city. Also, Spanish in Spain is not the same Spanish taught in the U.S. So don't travel to Spain expecting to understand everything perfectly.
Nonetheless, I had a great time and I am planning on traveling through Spain next year.