A letter from Barcelona.

A letter from Barcelona.
16. Jan 2018 luisa arango

A letter from Barcelona

What a week in Barcelona reminded me of.

“Everything has a value provided, it appears at the right place at the right time. Its a matter of recognising that value, that quality, and then to transform it into something that can be used.” Jurgen Bey.

This trip has been like therapy.

Since the moment I packed for this trip I felt happy. I felt that I needed to go out to the world and rediscover a city that once felt like home.

I wanted to go to a place I already had seen before and try to find something new about it. Because that`s life. There`s so much “hidden” greatness in the things we already know. We just have to pay attention.

This 2018 I made a promise to my self to be fully present. In my work, in my personal life, with my family. We underestimate time, it goes fast.

So I`m sitting here on a café looking straight up to The Sagrada Familia thinking, how can I make a positive impact in my life? I learned last year that hard work pays off, but that it also sends a huge bill on your other personal relations if you have focused only on that. Life should be a balance between all the things you love, and that makes you happy.

And Barcelona was about to be the city that showed me the way in how to balance things. I was there just for a few days to spend time with my family, to work, to see old friends, to rediscover places, to have some quality time with my husband, to be inspired and to find some quality time for me.

In the past, anxiety would have kicked in and ruined the chance of having a good time. But this year I took the control and the things I lived, saw and felt, left me with an enormous amount of happiness and energy. It´s not easy but if we take control of our emotions, little by little we understand that it´s only us who can control them and put them right where they belong.

Things I rediscovered on this trip:

  • There is nothing like breakfast made with love by someone you love.
  • The best adventures are the ones that somehow takes you out of your comfort zone.
  • There is no bad days, just bad attitudes.
  • There is nothing like the hug of someone you haven´t seen in a long time.
  • The best snack in the world is a Spanish tortilla.
  • The feeling of walking while listening to music from the place you visit.
  • One of the best ways to get to know a city is on a bike.

Places and things I recommend:

  • Eating at the beautiful food market El Nacional. (Best at night)
  • Eating tapas and drinking craft beer at the local bar El Vaso de Oro.
  • Take a bicycle tour.
  • Take a day trip to Figueres and visit the Dalí Theatre and Museum.
  • Even in winter, make a picnic by the beach.
  • Visit the Sagrada Familia with a tour so you can see clearly the influence that nature had in the work of Gaudí.
  • Take a walk in La Barceloneta. (Barcelona Beach)

The shoes that walked with me in Barcelona.