Sunday, October 7, 2012

Barcelona, Barcelona

What a city. We arrived in Barcelona a couple of nights before my mom and our friend Stephen, so we explored, ate a lot of delicious food, and were totally moved in to our flat before they arrived. We met them at the airport and took them straight out to Placa Reial, which was around the corner from the flat.

our bicycles are here, and so is our place to stay in Barcelona. wow.

Stephen's friend Etienne, who Joshua had meet once before in Zurich was also in town, and we all sat and drank Campari with laranja, feeling a bit stunned but totally pleased with ourselves. Stephen and Etienne have been working together on creating a live version of Stephen's Music Animation Machine. Joshua has also done some work on the project, including some of the behind-the-scenes work for Stephen's work on Bjork's album/app Biophilia. To see some videos of Stephen's, check this out. They were planning to do a live performance in N├╝rnberg and another in Zurich... fun and creative people to be with in this incredible city.

We had dinner at a delicious vegetarian restaurant called Teresa Carles that had some of the highest quality and most delicious food of the trip (we ate there twice, it was so good). The next morning we went straight into tourism mode. Sagrada Familia. The line was long, the wait wasn't as bad as it seemed like it would be, and our time slot to go up in the tower was for about 2 hours after our entry time. It was all completely worth it. And two hours is not too much time to spend in this place. Gaudi was inspired by nature and wanted to create a place where you would feel protected by the canopy of trees. I took a lot of pictures. They do not do this place or Gaudi justice. You will have to go there one day yourself. It feels like a miracle and Gaudi truly was a genius. You try to put that much stone in the air and see what happens.


The stained glass is still in process. Where it is installed the light is rainbow-undersea-otherworldy.

out front

newer and older construction - and it's not done, at all.

the chameleon

We also went up into the tower, where we saw some more magic as well as Barcelona from high above.

looking down within the tower

in awe

fruits and scaffolding

a really tight stairwell with a hole in the middle

We went for food as soon as we left, because we were absolutely famished, having not eaten lunch - here we discuss whether or not we ordered enough sangria, the consensus was: no.

Sangria, tapas, more tapas - we ate and drank our way through this city, as you do. On one day my mom was determined to get into the Mediterranean, so to the beach we went. We were greeted by people selling minty, limey fresh mojitos (mostly melted ice, mint, and lime, but incredibly refreshing) and we splurged on massages. Joshua read out loud to us.

In the evening we went for another marathon dinner at another incredible vegetarian restaurant. Really, the two coolest restaurants we went to were both veg? How? I cannot find information about that second one. It doesn't exist in Google Maps street view... the only way we will ever know is if we go there again. And I really hope we do.

After a few whirlwind days, we put my mom on a bus to Jaca, where she attended the International Mushroom Dye Symposium and taught a class on making masks out of mushroom paper. That's right. Stephen stayed one more night and then we put him in a taxi to go to the airport. We then had a full day during which we needed a place to store our bikes and gear. But we also really wanted to ride around this crazy town.

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