Greetings from Barcelona. Yesterday was my first day of exploration of the city.
I did touristy things like visiting a park and walking down famous streets.
I'm staying at a hostel run by hippies. It's pretty cool--reggae music is always playing, decorations on the wall are psychedelic and colorful.
Off to the metro I went!
Straight to Guell Park.
I remember studying Gaudi in Art History class when I was 16. The book's description of Gaudi included words like "undulating" and "organic."
While I did get a sense of these things when I looked at the architecture, I also felt so much more.
I felt like I was in a real-life version of Candy Land, a game I played for hours as a child. And some of the buildings looked like the gingerbread houses I used to paste together during the holidays as a kid. Thank you, Gaudi, for taking me back to a time of simplicity and sweetness.
As I was walking down a shady path, I saw a cute inscription on a tree.
I decided to add my own...
I came across a playground shortly after, and you better believe I jumped on a swing while in my childlike mindset. This was the best pic I could get without dropping my camera.
Lots of dreads in Barcelona.
Then came the famous shopping and people-watching street, La Rambla.
What better way to end the day than watching Le Tour...
Off to the beach for me.