Barcelona Travel Guide

Oh my god guys, I got back from Spain about a week ago now and LET ME TELL YOU, IT WAS AMAZING. My mom and I went as a belated college graduation gift and I already am planning my next trip back. The people there were phenomenal and nothing short of helpful — even with my broken, Gringa spanish! Anyway, we went to Barcelona, San Sebastían, and Bilbao. I’ll do this in a three part series so that it doesn’t get too overbearing with recommendations

Starting with Barcelona, we definitely went at an interesting time. I’m not sure if you’ve heard but there’s a ton of protests happening there due to the region Barcelona is in, Catalunia, wanting to secede from Spain. Or at least have a similar agreement to País Vasco. Anyway, to prevent myself from going down that rabbit hole, I’ll focus on happier things. Like food and accomodations.

We stayed at this cute little hotel called H10 Universitat off La Rambla, a huge promenade of sorts with gelato, alleys, and restaurants, and it was perfect. Our room wasn’t very big nor were our beds but it was a great place to come back to after a long day of walking. And the rooftop views were to die for. So stunning. And I’ve heard it wasn’t even the best view in town. The hotel itself was really centrally located and we were able to get to everything we wanted to see by walking. Plus it’s about a 25minute walk to La Sagrada Familia and great shopping.

It’s an absolute MUST you try the paella in Barcelona, or the seafood in general. I thought i’d had fresh seafood growing up on the west coast but this stuff — hot damn. We got a recommendation from the hotel front desk for some authentic paella that wasn’t overly touristy and they pointed us to a restaurant nearby that for the life of me I can’t remember the name of. BUT IT WAS SO GOOD.

But the absolute highlight of Barcelona, save for the gelato and the people, was by far La Sagrada Familia. It’s a cathedral you can actually attend mass in and it will change your life. It was designed by Antoni Gaudí and there’s still construction being done on hte place to this day, almost a century later. It’s breathtaking to see something that is so based on nature, without more straight lines than necessary, and it will leave you breathless.

I’ve never been all that religious but dang, this place made me want to pray and thank somebody up above. It was magical. If you’re ever in Barcelona, you need to go here. It’s beautiful and I’ve never really seen anything quite like it.

Have you been to Barcelona? What were some of your favourite spots??

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Jackson Pollack — AR style

So I went to Arkansas recently to my boyfriend’s grampa’s house to help him go through some things, watch him work on cars, and get of Dallas for a weekend. Though by no means am I meant for small town life, at all, it was really nice to see a slower pace in comparison to the fast pace I’ve always been used to and sometimes thrive in.

We got to snuggle with some dogs, see a really beautiful part of the country untouched by large cities, industrialization, and the like. There was actually fresh air here and real woods! Something that is always good for the soul is getting out in nature. And sometimes, you just need a reset. I think that was what i needed because i came home in a different mindset and it was really nice to be able to not only appreciate what the city has to offer but also revel in a slower, more laidback vibe that only beach towns and small towns can provide.

Anyway, when we were all tired, and needed a break, Rob’s cousin broke out some .22’s, some whiteboard, and old spray cans left in the garage. Now, keep in mind, I am not a good shot at all. I didn’t grow up hunting or even learning how to handle a gun so it was really fun to see them really go to town with trying to hit the spray cans so that they’d explode and cover the white board in paint. Similar to Jackson Pollack, if he were a redneck, and had access to spray paint & a .22 with enough room to reasonably not hurt somebody unintentionally.

It was a really fun experiment to see how the paints would react with each other and what some of the colours actually were as some were so old, it was near impossible to tell what colour was inside. I even got to try a couple times and came close! Unfortunately, i didn’t contribute much to the paintings except for providing some texture but it was a great way to blow off some steam after a long day and drive.

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This is the only shot I got and we did contribute some fun additions to the grass unfortunately. #sorrymotherearth. But as you can tell in the ill-lit painting, the end result was similar to a Jackson Pollack painting. If you’ve never heard of him, Google his work and it’s fantastic! Rob was trying to channel him while hitting a few of the cans.

But the end result was actually really fun and no two pieces were alike. Mostly due to how the cans were hit and the colours we used but it was a rush unlike much else i’ve experienced. It made some really great drip movement and

And keep in mind, i was with people who knew how to handle these sorts of weapons. I don’t advocate using this method of art unless you know how to handle the tools or are under supervision of someone who is!

Let me know in the comments any fun ways you’ve created art in the past!