Look Up.

Some one told me once that humans rarely look up. And in my experience this is true. Perhaps it's because I'm so clumsy and I'm constantly afraid of falling down, but I feel as though I'm always watching my feet. At home this is rarely and issue, but here in Barcelona this silly habit deprives you of amazing views. Looking up while you walk the streets of Barcelona is like watching the fairies from Sleeping Beauty fight over the color of Aura's dress. Except instead of pink versus blue, it's the old versus the new. Probably the best example of this is La Segrada Familia. If you don't know it by name you've almost definitely seen pictures. It was designed by Antoni Gaudi and never finished; it is still under construction today. But that does not mean it isn't an incredible sight to behold. It's magnitude is really indescribable, but to quote Douglas Adams "you just won't believe has vastly, mind-bogglingly, big it is." It's easy to get overwhelmed with all the color, and light, and structure surrounding you. But to me, the same can be said for all of Barcelona (possibly because I'm pretty sure Gaudi designed all of it). Every where we go there is more to be seen by looking up. And if you are into metaphors, I think this is a pretty good one. So some advice from abroad: when you've think you've seen all there is to see in life, change your vantage point and look up. I bet you'll find there's still more to see. 

Photo credit to Clippy  The View from Looking Up at La Segrada Familia 

Photo credit to Clippy

The View from Looking Up at La Segrada Familia 

Taylor Wingfield. taylor at littlewingnut dot com.