A week in Spain with cousins before the official study abroad in Paris.
I should have taken any language besides Latin in high school
I’m good at trying Spanish but I’m not good at Spanish.
Last Saturday/Sunday (what is time???), first international flight to Amsterdam , layover, where the fields are likely long rectangles, repetitive buildings, more brown buildings than grey or anything else, 5:30am so a thin but dense layer of fog immediately above the ground everywhere, hovering within the boundaries of a tall man’s strike zone
- Covered construction zones, often a fake facade covers scaffolding
- tapas and paella
- Gaudi everything, architect, I think I admire his perspective because it is unusual, Sagrada Familia, began construction 150 years ago and still going strong
- motorcycles and scooters parked on every sidewalk lined up between the pedestrians and the road like every single Barcelonian owns at least three
- small cars
- One way streets
- a seagull attacking pigeons
- magic fountain!!!
- city of shaded benches and Popsicles for the Hansel cousins
- retiro park, an entire day, the under-appreciated Carl Andre exhibit that I appreciated enough to cover for several of the non-appreciative tourists next to me
- Plaza de Espana with the best benches (shaded) for tourist-watching and Popsicle-eating
- Templo de Debod – Gift from Egypt
- Flamenco show! Their arched lower backs and splayed core muscles actually made the ballerina in me shudder
- everywhere a plaza or puerta
- too many patatas for one lifetime
- dogs without leashes
- more covered construction
- Extremely narrow streets, everyone walks down the middle, risking their lives because speed limits don’t seem to exist here
I really fell for Carl Andre after seeing his work in Retiro. I connected with Andre the person much more than his art – his sculptures are simple and dull. But the art was the product of his clearly defined and personal perspective and I admire people who have decided-upon perspectives.
I’m either sick or am allergic to something in Spain…
Two days more in Madrid then off to Paris!