I just got back from a whirlwind trip to Barcelona. This was my second time there, and it further cemented my love for this beautiful city. I went with a group of 50 teachers with EF travel. I will travel with EF and 40-something of my students this summer to Italy on an art tour, so this training trip was meant to to orient teachers to the touring experience. I learned about the Catalan independence debate, (learn more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catalan_independence) and the lovely and touching dance, the Sardana (read this: http://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/cultural/dancing/catalan-dancing-sardana.html) and had a great time with all of my new friends. I was in Paris at the airport one day before the attacks. So incomprehensible. The world is so small. Despite the evil in the world, there will always be people helping and pulling together.
If you are interested, the most famous architect in Barcelona is Antoni Gaudi, a remarkable man dedicated his life to the (still unfinished) Sagrada Familia while finishing other impressive projects. His work is so beautiful, I can't even believe it. To learn more about Gaudi, try these links:
I was the dork who had four lenses in my carry-on bag, and had to stop for photos constantly.
Here is what I got: