Photograph by Eric Scott

  • where:

    Barcelona / Figueres, Spain

  • what:

    Life, Art, Culture

  • why:

    Adventure

  • when:

    Year Round

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Traveling in Spain for me was like a second coming of age. Barcelona embodies all the confusion, passion, spontaneity, creativity and uncertainty that make the pubescent mind so wonderful and frightening. It is a combination of dissipation and focus with a lack of experience to distinguish the two, which gives its diverse residents youth and optimism.

In Barcelona, I met pleasure seekers, criminals, disenfranchised youth, mystics, entrepreneurs, clowns, fools, wise men, animals and beautiful angels. “The Garden of Earthly Delights”, enacted in real time and space. Pain and pleasure, the absence of ennui, paradox, and the sublime create a feeling of true anarchy and respect for life.

The city architecture of Barcelona is a reflection of its citizens. A walk through the narrow streets of El Raval or the Barique Gothic makes you loose your sense of direction and space. The decay of the buildings is uniform and gives you no help in finding your way. Equally, the life that exudes from every window and door gives you no clue to its overall meaning. If you have the grit to keep wandering you will reach the MACBA a favorite for expats, skaters, and other dissidents, or you might come upon the Boqueria, a foodies dream come true.

Photograph by Eric ScottOne of Barcelona’s national treasures is of course Goudy, and his most famous and unfinished structure, is the La Sagrada Familia. This fantastic disaster of human achievement could not be more at home in any other city in the world. One half of the exterior is highly stylized, modern, and angular, while the other half looks as if it was formed of bird droppings. The interior is a maze of scaffolding, which opens in places to reveal Goudy’s engineering genius.

Photograph by Eric ScottIn the nearby town of Figueres you can visit the home of one of Spain’s most illustrious residents, Dali. Visiting Dali’s home gave me a sense of envy and great respect for one of this planets greatest painters and thinkers. I thought it would be wonderful to live in the beautiful quiet town of Figueres in a palace and become completely sane. It felt like his home was a super real model of his brain and I had been shrunk down and allowed wander around inside.

I apologize for the touristy nature of the photos for this article. Most of my time was spent walking around with a beer or cheap bottle of wine in my hand not my camera, so no pics of beautiful topless Spanish girls on the beach.

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Barcelona

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La Sagrada Familia

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La Sagrada Familia

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La Sagrada Familia

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La Sagrada Familia

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La Sagrada Familia

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La Sagrada Familia

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La Sagrada Familia

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Central Market in Figueres

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Dali Museum Figueres

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Dali Museum, Figueres

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Dali Museum, Figueres

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Statue of Columbus, Barcelona