Hasta Luego España!
I know this doesn't make any sense, but I think I put off posting our last day in Spain because I want to linger on all of those warm, amazing feelings that linger from our trip for as long as possible. As long as I hold on to these memories and have a pending blog post, it seems like maybe the trip has only recently ended and I can live off of that high forever. Alas, it's been months since we got back and we've taken several trips since. Thus, now is the time for me to say "hasta luego" to España, for at least this time. I'll certainly return in the future!!
For our last day in Spain we decided to take charge of our eating habits and instead start behind the scenes and took a cooking class!
We began with a walk through the bustling, sunny streets of downtown Barcelona and meeting with our chef for the day who took us to La Boqueria, the largest market in Barcelona where locals shop for their daily meal ingredients!
The market was full of activity. People rushing about intently looking for their purchases of the day for their nightly meals. The sights, sounds, and feeling of the market was incomparable. Our chef took us from stall to stall to get our provisions, greeting each vendor with a familiar warmth and charm that is brought on from years of seeing the same person day in and day out.
We learned how to make some delicious spanish classics that were of course, way too much for us to eat and were fed more delicious wine-that was just right. We decided to walk off all the food by strolling around the Gothic Quarter and made our way through to La Rambla to do a little shopping. The beautiful, ancient cobblestone streets were lined with little shops, cafes and bars full of color, life and enticing bargains.
From almost any vantage point downtown you can see the Gargoyles perched atop the tall steeples of the Catedral de la Santa Cruz y Santa Eulalia. Our tour guide on the way to the cooking class told us all about the history and architecture but I was too busy falling madly, deeply in love with the city that I sadly don't remember a thing she said.
One regret I have is not going to see La Sagrada Familia and the other amazing Gaudi architecture. Of course, I did want to save some things for the next trip!
We ended our day with a spectacular dinner at the Barcelona Stock Exchange. An event put on in true Barcelona fashion with delicious food, amazing drinks and a spectacular show.
In keeping with the gothic theme, we dined within the large, arching ceilings of the stock exchange with a red and black themed dinner.
Before dinner we were enthralled by flamenco dancers, dazzled by their style, movement and passion. It was one of my favorite moments from the trip and I only wish my phone didn't die so I could have captured some of it to share!
After a dizzying week that seemed not long enough, we returned back to our hotel to pack and sleep before our return flight home. Hasta Luego, España. Until next time, stay beautiful, delicious and absolutely captivating. I'll see you again soon <3
“But hurry, let's entwine ourselves as one, our mouth broken, our soul bitten by love, so time discovers us safely destroyed.” -Frederico García Lorca