2: A Gaudi Day & More

I spent today wandering around the city of Barcelona.

It’s very European with its narrow alleys and streets and old buildings. But it is very unique in some of its architecture by Gaudi. Kerri and I took a free walking tour  with Runner Bean tours specifically on Gaudi. 

We started in a square where Gaudi got his first commission where he got paid all of 7 euros for this light post. From the beginning he was very inspired by nature which is why I like him so much.

Then we went to 3 houses that Gaudi designed. 

This is nicknamed the house of bones. On top is supposed to be the dragon that Saint Christeropher slew. The small columns are bones and the balconies are skulls. 

Hopefully I can write more later. But I learned lots of cool things: Gaudi did asymmetry and abstract art, he invented the Quaternary Arch. In the last house he used pillars rather than walls to support the structure in able to have an open floor plan. He was very ambitious and conscious of light and ventilation. 

Finally we ended up at La Sagrada la Familia which really was as amazing as they say. It’s been being built for over 100 years (since 1892?) and still isn’t done. It’s a basilica. Has columns modeled after sequoia trees and is generally fantastic. I could say more but here are some pics. 

So amazing. Afterward we walked through Placa Catalunya and down La Rambla. Very pretty. We stopped for an awesomely delicious and hearty snack of a jambon cone (ham). 

Then briefly back at the Airbnb for showers before heading out for the welcoming ceremony. I think I looked pretty professional. 

We networked at the ceremony including with James Serpell and more. And then when out for gelato and a drink for Maggie’s birthday! Happy birthday to my amazing advisor!

Finally we took the longer but more scenic and populated walk along the beach home. Overall we walked 12.2 miles and 28,000 steps today so my feet are tired. Good night friends! Full day of conference tomorrow!


About Meg LaFollette

I studied abroad in Fiji for 5 months in 2012 and absolutely fell in love with traveling! I went to New Zealand right after and then Peru this summer. When not traveling (and sometimes during) I love healthy, environmentally conscious living. Animals, biology, horses, and behavior are other passions of mine.
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