4 years ago, I went on an exchange for 4 months in Spain where I had the best time of my life. Jun visited me at two months point and we traveled together for a bit. We visited Servile, London, Milan, Venice, and Barcelona. 13 countries and countless travel stories later, I came back home and promised myself that the journey would never stop. And that’s when the idea for Europe selfie project started — way before we were engaged.
Fast-forward to 2018, we had a month of cold air in Paris, Venice and Prague. We were fairly excited about the final destination where heat pad isn’t a necessity for survival. Barcelona meant a lot to me and it brought back all the good old memories from my student era. This time with a fiance!
I intentionally visited Barcelona a billion times whenever I can on my transfer flight to other destinations so I was pretty familiar with the city. This time I felt right at home when I finally understood the local language (Learning Spanish in university was definitely a bonus). With the spring-like breeze and warm sunshine, I finally had the chance to wear these leg-baring dresses. It also made my life easier hiking to Gaudi’s park Guel.
Knowing that we probably won’t be seeing the complete version of the Sagrada Familia for at least another decade, we happily visited it along with our fav La Rambla.
Another main reason (Aka excuses) we were in Europe was also to attend one of the biggest photography conference held in Barcelona — BODAF. We left a few days of buffer hoping to walk around the town and indulge in nostalgia but… it turned out that we were both sick in bed for the rest of the trip and we didn’t get to experience touristy things. Well, that only means…we’ll be back again!
Side story: We got to experience the infamous “Barcelona Thieves Phenomenon” at our final self-portrait project. At 7:30am the street was almost silent and we encountered a pair of thieves. One made a loud ruckus pretending to want to take pictures with us while the other guy camouflaged like a pedestrian and snuck behind us and took our bags while we were distracted. Fortunately, I found out right away and ran after his college who casually walked away with my bag. I screamed, yelled, and chased him down in my 10-inch heels like there’s no tomorrow. Luckily Jun was calm to stay put and guard our gears, the guy returned my belongings and disappeared into the crowd.. phewww! We concluded that passionate thieves work very early. We quickly wrapped up our shoot because there were more groups of people pointing fingers at us on their cellphone…most likely summoning their gangs.