|The lizard in Gaudi's Parc Güell|
I'm living by myself in a quiet area called Eixample, on a street that's really close to L'avinguda Diagonal. This brilliantly wide street has great shops and space to walk, and it literally cuts the city in half.
I'm pleased to say that culture shock hasn't yet kicked in and I'm really enjoying how vibrant and exciting Barcelona is. I absolutely adored my visit to Montjuïc, home to the amazing Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya and some beautiful gardens, and Antoni Gaudi's Parc Guëll was even better than I expected.
I'm looking forward to seeing some of the places where the film version of Patrick Süskind's Perfume was set, alongside visiting Montserrat mountain, from which the views seem incredible. As my boyfriend's staying with me for eight days from Sunday, I'll have somebody to join me on my adventures! I really need to persuade him to read Carlos Ruiz Zafón's The Shadow of the Wind so we can go on a literary walk around the roads and areas mentioned.
|El Poble Espanyol, as seen in Perfume. Image source.|
Most of my time at the moment is being taken up by work, hence the lack of blogging and tweeting lately! I have a Copywriting & Social Media Marketing role at a really lovely startup that specialises in group travel, and so far I'm really enjoying my work. My colleagues are great, and I get to spend a lot of time writing articles and reading all about travel... I must say it suits me well! In the next week or so I'll mention the blog and Twitter account that I update for work - just in case you want to keep an eye on what I'm up to.
Also, I'm writing a blog exclusively about my year abroad! It's conveniently called Never Tanning in Spain, and it will consist of travel stories, advice and various photos I take. Hopefully I'll get round to writing some more posts for it soon.
In other news...
|Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya|
Last night I also started reading The Battersea Park Road to Enlightenment by Isabel Losada, a choice that was entirely inspired by Angeliki's recent post on finding purpose through literature. It's a wry memoir of getting to know yourself, finding your way out of the most enormous ruts, and understanding what life's all about. It's a relaxing novel and a bit of a guilty pleasure, but my reading standards lean excessively towards the classic and difficult-to-read!
It's the perfect book to relax with during my lunch breaks and evenings, although, of course, I should really be reading in Spanish...
|The view across Barcelona from MNAC|