Broke in Barcelona

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We are smart and broke

sitting side by side

on the steps of a shrine

of a saint who might save us,

we see couples kiss

in the Cathedral’s courtyard.

 

They say we are essentially alone

but you keep showing up to things.

 

The thunderstorm explodes the garden

in galactic sprays of light,

droplets sparking off dark leaves.

 

Lightening bounces

off everything holy and white:

five statues, thirteen geese.

 

I look to you.

 

Sister, some god’s illuminating

the curve of your smile

probably mine too.

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A view of the city from the castle at Montjuic
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We are major graffiti fans

Mikayla and I are walking our way around Barcelona for the week. We’re running on low funds and maximum sight seeing. Here’s a rundown of what’s happened so far:

1. Emormous amounts of street-gawking. Balcony! Epic dreads! Dachshund!

2. Drinking a hot chocolate that was so thick it was hard to move my spoon through it to stir.

3. Getting lost. again. and again.

4. Stumbling upon Gaudi’s strange sand castle architecture of the Sagrada de Familia.

5. Watching a violent pigeon attack on the lawn outside the Castell de Montjuic.

6. Getting caught in the Barcelona Cathedral during a giant thunderstorm. More high class bird watching of the famous 13 geese who live there.

7. Smuggling sandwiches out of the hostel every morning. Upping the sandwich count from 1 to 2.

8. Getting asked to follow promoters to “coffee shops” which don’t sell coffee. They are places where you can buy into a weed-share program and smoke there as much as you want as long as you keep paying.

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major animal nerds

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3 thoughts on “Broke in Barcelona

  1. I had to laugh when I saw this scene. When we were there a couple of years ago we found this so unattractive. The family we were visiting kept assuring us those yellow poles were stunning at night when they were lit up, but like you we were there in the day time.

    Wonderful city to explore. Hopefully you’ve also read Zafon so you have that powerful literary context as well.

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  2. Yes, we thought those poles were so strange too! I think it’s the color that’s so offputting, but the sunset really lit them up. Felt a little Star Wars-esque. I haven’t gotten to Zafon yet and he’s on my list now. Any recommendations for a first read?

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