In December I was lucky enough to go on a little three day escape to Barcelona, Spain! I’d never been to Spain before and haven’t really travelled too much through Europe, so this was definitely a welcome experience. I didn’t really know what to expect, and I only had a limited understanding of Spain’s history. Growing up in Asia, I actually only really knew about Spain’s colonial history – which isn’t too useful when you’re visiting the country itself, though there were some surprising elements of the city that did remind me of my travels through South East Asia.
The trip was a gift to my boyfriend, Hugo, as he’d mentioned how he’d love to see Messi play again in his lifetime – and even though a lifetime is definitely a long time, football isn’t exactly the most predictable of sports. Even though Barca is one of the best teams, Messi’s still one of the best and most sought-after players – so who knows where he might go! On top of the trip itself (flights and a hotel in the eastern districts not far from Sagrada Familia), I bought Hugo a ticket to see a match, and the both of us tickets to do a tour of the stadium and football museum. Yep. Me in Camp Nou, reading about football and looking at trophies and other football accoutrement. Amazing and hugely unlikely scenes – though, believe it or not, I actually did enjoy myself!
The following are just some of my favourite photos from the trip, and then some of the photos from Camp Nou, too. We were only there for two full days, but managed to pack a lot in. A personal highlight for me was when Hugo went off to his football match and I spent the whole afternoon roaming the Gothic District alone! It was so beautiful. Another highlight was seeing Carmen performed in the Palau de la Musica, which was one of the most ornate and beautiful theatres I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting – never mind seeing something so incredible be performed in.