Day 2 in Barcelona, Spain

Hello hello!

I am back with my second day in Barcelona! Melanie and I awoke in the morning and enjoyed a Spanish breakfast on the terrace of our Airbnb together.

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Stay tuned for amazing Airbnb views to come in the next blogs

Afterwards we decided to go on an adventure and walk around the nearby neighborhoods by our Airbnb. We ran into some pretty cool things along the way.

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Beautiful archway we passed by

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We stumbled upon an area with some really amazing graffiti and street art.

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“We should learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools”
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“An anarchist is by definition, a person who wishes to not be oppressed or the oppressor”

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After our walk, Melanie and I stopped by a restaurant a block away from the Sagrada Familia for some lunch.

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Rice, eggs and some kind of tomato sauce.

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Flan for dessert!
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Melanie and I had a good laugh because our waiter had been speaking to us in Spanish and the bartender asked us what we wanted for dessert (but this time in English). I replied “pudding” and Melanie responded with “Fresa” the Spanish word for strawberry.

After lunch, Melanie and I walked a little around the Sagrada Familia before our tour started. We admired the insanely detailed, beautiful and unique architecture.

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Note the beautiful Cataluña flags

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“Passion” Façade

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A little bit of background information about La Sagrada Familia (The sacred family): This church was built (and today is still in the process of being built) by architect Gaudí. The church architecture is filled with symbols and the design adds to the meaning behind the basilica. The church was also designed with the intent to connect every aspect with nature. There are two main façades of the building, the one pictured above is the nativity façade which represents the birth of Jesus and construction began in 1892. One of my favorite features of this wall is in the center there is a tree of life and open arms which symbolize how the church is open to all visitors.

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This diagram shows the parts of the church that have been completed (in grey) and planned (in yellow). As you can see, they still have a ways to go! They are hoping to complete it by 2026, 100 years after the death of Gaudí.

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I want to also preface this by saying that it has been a small dream of mine to visit the Sagrada Familia ever since I learned about it in one of my first Spanish classes. I thought the outside was so unique and beautiful- but I had no idea what was in store for me on the inside. Upon walking into the basilica I was quite literally brought to tears. The beauty of the architecture and design was without a doubt the most amazing thing I had ever seen. The pictures below don’t compare to actually being there.

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One side of the room features windows with stained glass and cool colors.
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The other side has warm colors.
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The pillars of the structure at supposed to represent trees and the roof appears like the canopy of a forest.
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There is a quote from Gaudí that says something to the extent that he believed in allowing as much natural light as possible because he wanted nature to paint the scene.
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The canopy of the trees.

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We also got the chance to exit and get a closer look at the other façade, known as the façade of Passion because it depicts the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ.

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This façade is supposed to appear hard and difficult, meant to represent the immense pain suffered by Christ.
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The four supports of this side are representative of stretched muscle, a symbol of Jesus’ sacrifice.
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The large middle tower has not been completed yet, but once finished will be the tallest and largest. It is representative of Jesus.

We also had the opportunity to walk through the basement level chapel which had a service going on.

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Shortly after touring the basilica, I determined that it was the most magnificent man-made structure I have ever seen. I have never before been so moved by an artist’s appreciation for nature and attention to detail in my life. It was unbelievable.

After the tour, we went out to a pizza place for some dinner. It was really nice spending time with Melanie, Ariel, Thomas and Jenny. They are all really great people and so much fun to be around.

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Worry less and smile more. 

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