Spain | Barcelona


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barcelona, spain, palau nacional, palacio nacionalPalau Nacional.Remember when I spoke Spanish? It’s OK — I barely do either. But I had the opportunity to put my now-rudimentary español to use on a recent trip to Barcelona (yes, people speak Spanish there — in addition to Catalan).barcelona, spain, la sagrada familia, basilica, gaudiLa Sagrada Familia.In other news, I’m moving to Barcelona. Kidding — I wish! Barcelona is A. Maze. Ing. I know I said I want to live everywhere I travel for vacation and normally I am not serious (or only half serious) but Kail and I are contemplating which one of us has a better chance of getting some kind of job in Barcelona.barcelona, spain, la pedrera, gaudiLa Pedrera.The architecture. The weather. The food. The wine. The WINE! The culture. The walking. The running. I could go on. Are you bored/extremely jealous yet?barcelona, spain, barcelona cooking class, la ramblaLa Rambla.Barcelona offers the perfect mix of vacation activities for both Kail and me. There’s the architecture, museums and history for him, and the walking, shopping and dining for me. (I can do one or two museums or historical sites a day, but then my attention span stretches thin and I start to get hangry.)barcelona, spain, jamon, iberico, mercat de saint josep de la boqueria, la boqueria, la ramblaJamón.There’s always ham. We visited the Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria — a huge market with vendors selling ham, cheese, fresh seafood, fruits and all kinds of yummy goods — and also took a cooking class, which I’ll write about in another post.barcelona, spain, park guell, gaudiView of Barcelona from Park Güell.We toured Antoni Gaudí’s La Pedrera, Park Güell and — most breathtaking of all — La Sagrada Familia. We (obvs) did a hop-on-hop-off bus tour. We walked La Rambla and the Gothic Quarter and all over town. We ran around Montjuic, around the Olympic stadium and with views of the entire city.barcelona, spain, la sagrada familia, basilica, gaudiInside La Sagrada Familia.We ate paella and ham and cheese. And more ham and cheese. And wine. We met up with a friend from the USAID/El Salvador who is now in graduate school in Barcelona. We walked and walked and walked.barcelona, spain, la sagrada familia, basilica, gaudiBarcelona.We ruminated on employment prospects in Barcelona. And then: on buying our first property in Barcelona. I mean, why establish roots in DC? We’ll be there eventually, whether we own a home or not.barcelona, spain, la sagrada familia, basilica, gaudiMore likely is that we’ll at least visit Barcelona again on vacation. Some day. But one can dream!Have you ever taken a cooking class?

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I'm Natasha -- writer, runner and wife to a Foreign Service Officer with USAID. Current location: Frankfurt, Germany.

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