A Spanish Inquisition
Flashback to Thanksgiving 2016: I'm sitting in an office chair adjacent to my Uncle, who's plopped down in a chair of his own. We're researching places to go for my graduation trip, and we've chewed through places like Thailand, Ireland, Italy... finally landing on Spain; home of Dali, Gaudi, and Tapas galore. We had everything mapped out, and it would be my first trip back to Europe since living there for a short time in 2006. I was ecstatic.
When the time came to go on this Spanish adventure, my Uncle and I documented every step of the way, and this is our story (cue Law & Order theme):
Madrid Day Dos
Madrid was modern, fast-paced, and more urban than I would've thought. Reminiscent of New York or Chicago, it was full of hard-working people with places to go and things to see. The food was the best in our trip, and the live Flamenco dancing gave us a taste of the simmering souls of the Spanish.
Next up, Barcelona:
A lush Barca street.
Yummy drinks & sweets in our tummy
We were lucky to take a couple day trips during our time in Barcelona. We got a chance to see some of Antoni Gaudi's revered architecture, including the famed Sagrada Familia, a Basilica Cathedral that has been over 100 years in the making (and still isn't finished).
Gaudi wanted the interior of his Cathedral to remind us of a forest, with columns reminscent of trees and rich colors found in the stained glass.
Another of Gaudi's famous works is the Casa Batllo, which was beautifully decorated for Saint Jordi Day (the equivalent of Valentine's Day in the US) when we visited.
Of course, without a doubt, the absolute BEST part of this trip for me was getting to visit Salvador Dali's home town of Figueres and his self-built museum. It was crowded, sweaty, and loud, but that didn't stop me from reveling in his genius.
What a 'stache...
We had a quick trip to Sitges as well as a little medieval town on the way to Figueres.
A normal day in Sitges...
Supposedly, a Game of Thrones scene was filmed on these steps. I'll get back to you on that.
Aka, Dress of my dreams.
And then, there was Ibiza. Luxuriating, tanning, and warming back up (Spain is cold in April!)
Ibiza, you glitter.
Our Spanish adventure was everything a young graduate could've wanted it to be. We may have missed the bull fights, but we didn't miss any of the culture, tastes, sounds, and people of these lovely cities.