Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with g3 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

 

This second post about my Barcelona experience covers something that the Spaniards are famous for: a fiesta! Whilst we spent most of our days discovering new parts of the city, taking in the sights and basking in the sunshine, our evenings however, they followed a very similar pattern of small bars, many mojitos, chatting and finding out about each others lives. Of course, this was a very pleasant way to spend warm summer evenings, but I was excited when we were told that an annual fiesta was taking place during our last week in the city, and right in the neighbourhood we were staying; La Gracia.

This fiesta, La Festa de Gracia, takes place in August every year, during which the surrounding streets and squares are fully decorated, workshops and events take place each day whilst music and dancing follow every night. It was incredibly busy every evening and was lovely to see everybody out and enjoying such a wonderful local event. We were lucky enough to be able to help out with a bit of decorating, and since I’m never one to turn down a bit of crafting I dived straight for the Paper Mache! This was no light task though, the participants take the decorating very seriously (Well, it is a competition after all) and planning commences for the next year as soon as the fiesta has ended. Generally, all the decorations are made using recycled materials and the displays that are created are really incredible. There wasn’t a bit of bunting in sight!

This is the last summer post for a while now. I have more travel snaps to share though, but the next posts will have a bit more of a winter-y feel to them!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

 

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

 

 

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with g3 preset

 

This post has been in the pipeline for a long, long while. Considering these photos were taken in August and are only now appearing on here, it seems the real world just got in the way. Massively got in the way, I should say. It’s safe to say that life as a graduate has taken some navigating and ¬†half of me feels like someone could have at least provided a compass.

I first visited Barcelona a good few years ago and I don’t think I’ve ever fallen in love with city quite as quickly as I did with this Catalonian city. So back at the start of 2014 when I saw the advert for CityTravelReview, I jumped at the chance to visit again. CityTravelReview offer work experience placements abroad for a few weeks over the summer, during which you and the rest of your team design and create a brand new city guide ebook.

Spending three weeks in Barcelona has only increased my love for the city. It’s hard to put my finger on exactly what it is that I love about it. Perhaps it’s the ease of the city; it’s not often you visit somewhere and can see yourself living there within a second of looking around. But it’s also the architecture (hello Guadi masterpieces!), the beaches and the sun definitely helps! I have a few more post planned on my favourite city and what I got up to there, but here’s a few of my favourite photos that I took there.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with g3 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset