If you want good luck in Barcelona, you must drink from the famous Barcelona fountain. It is also believed that if you drink from it, you will come back to Barcelona. While the fountain is located on this La Rambla, there is so much more! It is constantly busy and crowded with street performers. I highly recommend going to see the performers!
This is the location where bullfighting took place up until recently. While you might not see bullfighting here anymore, you definitely will see the Spanish architecture and culture.
I love taking photographs in markets. This market was one of my favorites based on photographs, energy, and food. The fruits and meats were fresh and tasted amazing! The sellers were incredibly nice, and they were excited to get their photo taken.
Arc de Triomf
This was almost the location of the Eiffel Tower, but now holds a beautiful red arch. Turns out the townspeople thought the Eiffel Tower would be an eye-sore. While this arch is not as well-known as the Eiffel, it does hold a compelling story.
Parc de la Ciutadella
If you have time to spare, I would recommend taking time to relax in this beautiful park. When I went, me and my friends rented a canoe on the lake. It felt straight out of a movie.
Go to the Beach
It is always a good idea to go to a beach…especially in Barcelona.
This towering gothic cathedral is a must see. Like other gothic architecture, you don’t see the amount of detail in just the photographs. It is also located in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona.
This is where you will get the best photo opportunities in Barcelona. Not only is there vibrant mosaic tiles, there is a beautiful cityscape view. While it cost money to enter, it is worth it!
Learn to Flamenco
One of my favorite things I did in Spain was learn to Flamenco. Not only did this teach me more about the vibrant Spanish culture, it was a priceless experience. I always try and add variety in the way I travel. I don’t just want to overload myself with museums and cathedrals, I want to enjoy unique experiences. If you are like me in this degree, I would highly recommend a Flamenco lesson as a change of pace!
If you go to Barcelona, you must see the Sagrada Familia. It is not only massive, but gorgeous. To give some perspective: I got dizzy looking straight up to the top of it. Gaudi knew what he was doing when he created this masterpiece. However, it is not done. It supposed to be completed and doubled in size by 2030! If you are interested in seeing the construction plans and what it is supposed to looking like, there is a small exhibit located within the church.
Eat Paella and Drink Sangria!
- Since today is my birthday, I decided to make a travel wish list. These are the places that I not only wish to visit, but I have a full intention on buying a plane ticket to. I would love to go anywhere in the world, but these are next on my list!
- Glasgow, Scotland
- Berlin, Germany
- Dublin, Ireland
- Cork, Ireland
- Cologne, Germany
- Venice, Italy
- Pisa, Italy
- Care Town, South Africa
- Sydney, Australia
- Grand Canyon, USA
- Seatle, WA, USA
- Yosemite National Park
- Yellow Stone National Park
- Vancouver, Canada
- Budapest, Hungary
- Brussels, Belgium
- Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Athens, Greece
- Santorini, Greece
- New Zealand
Let me know if you have any suggestions to add!
My favorite movie is The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. While it wasn’t a crowd favorite, it appealed to me on three distinct levels. So maybe it wasn’t for everyone, but it made an impact on me.
The first level is traveling. Not only does he go to incredible places in the movie, he does it in an envious way. I would love to just pack up things and go somewhere on a drop of a dime. Then there are the places where he traveled. I think the movie did a great job putting the viewer in those places. One of my favorite scenes is the long-boarding scene. Where he wraps rocks to his hands, and long boards down a winding road toward the city he needs to get to. I would define that as an experience. That scene puts an image to my passion to travel. I don’t want to travel just to see incredible places, I want to experience them.
The second level is photography. I have always had a passion for photography. I was planning to major in it in college, but my passion for nonprofits took over. Now, I will graduate with a minor it, but it is still a major thing in my life (had to do it). This movie was not only shot with an artistic vision, but it involved it in the story line. I am a sucker for film photography, and it really sucks that now it is getting completely replaced by digital. However, this movie got me excited because the photographer is set on using film. I guess you can say I aspire to his lifestyle. There’s a scene where he doesn’t want to take a photo because he wants to just remember the moment for himself. I love that even the crazy travel photographer takes time to enjoy the little things. It also doesn’t hurt that when I watched this movie with my friends majoring in art, we couldn’t stop talking about it.
The third level is the message. The overall message that I got was to not be afraid to experience life. Travel the world. Find a job you can go to for 30 years straight. Do what you want to do, instead of just thinking about it. If that didn’t make me want to travel, I don’t know what will. Sometimes I get the feeling that traveling is unrealistic, but then I remember the timelessness of the memories and experiences I have. It is always worth it.
I talk about St. Stephen’s Cathedral in my last blog post, Thoughts From a Cathedral in Vienna. Here are a few favorite photos from my time spent in Vienna.
Flowers in a palace garden
Old church in Vienna
Horses lined up
While this might be about why I personally travel, this can be a reason for you too!
- You can’t beat the real thing.
That’s right. You can look at all the pictures, watch all the movie, and hear all the stories, but nothing compares to being there yourself. Don’t hesitate to become the storyteller…it’s really fun.
2. Buying experiences and not things.
In the end, you can’t take anything with you. So, what will you choose to leave? I choose to leave my friends and family with stories and memories. Also, I would choose to spend a $100 canyoning in Interlaken than a Louis Vuitton purse.
3. The world is waiting for you.
That’s right, the whole world is waiting for you to do something. They are waiting for you to be their customer at a café or stranger on a train. No matter where you are, it’s where you’re meant to be.
4. The timing will never be right.
No matter how much time you spend trying to perfect you itinerary, you are going to go. While it is important to plan and prepare before you go anywhere, it can also stop you from going. Don’t get so caught up in planning that it becomes more of a dream than a plan. Also, life happens. There might always be a reason for you not to go. However, there is always a reason for you to go (or well 9 others).
5. Confidence comes with the territory.
My favorite memory in high school was when I took a trip to Spain. I was walking the streets at night with the guy I had a crush on, and I felt independent. Usually you can’t look a specific moment and say “that’s when I grew up”, but in that moment, I did. I felt that I could hold my own (whatever that means). I felt that I didn’t owe anybody anything, I could be myself. I don’t think I would have felt that way if I wasn’t in a foreign country, but that might just be me.
6. Don’t let money be the excuse.
This is a motto that I live by (among others). But, don’t let money be the excuse you don’t travel. There is always a way to get money. Have the awkward conversations with family, getting connected with a community (such as a church), or fundraise. There is always a way. It might be A LOT of work to raise/save the money, but it is possible. So if you are not willing to put in the work, be honest about it. It’s not that you don’t have the money, it’s that you don’t find the work to get the money worth what you are going to spend it on.
7. Get away.
Sometimes you need a break from life and responsibilities. Travelling is a great way to take a break from it all. However, don’t plan an overwhelming trip for a break…that’s dumb.
8. You can be anyone.
This is the same as be the new kid at school. You can be the sweatpants and Netflix girl at home, and the sundress and heels girl in Paris. However, sometimes the best thing is to be yourself where ever you go.
9. You can never have too many friends.
Having friends from other countries is cool. period.
10.No one can take you memories.
This one is my favorite. Kind of goes along with buying experiences. You can lose everyTHING you have, but you can’t lose what’s in your heart and mind. I will never forget the prayer I prayed over a home in Rwanda. I won’t forget writing all over a map of Paris with my best friend in our hotel room on the first night. I won’t forget the hundreds of times I have eaten spaghetti in Europe. And, better yet, no one can make me forget.