Living in Barcelona, Spain as a Student
Ever since I was 14 years old I knew that I wanted to study abroad. By the age of 16 I knew I wanted to go to Spain, and by 18 I had my heart set on Barcelona. After taking 3 years of Spanish classes and falling in love with the culture I made a promise to myself that I would become fluent in the language. After finishing all the necessary classes, I was finally eligible to finish my minor abroad and I set off for the unforgettable trip of a lifetime.
I had done enough research to know that I was going to love Spain, but what I didn’t know was that I was going to fall madly in love with Barcelona. There’s an energy about this city that is unlike anywhere I’ve ever been. The business of the streets, the movement of the people, it’s all done with a calm, surreal energy. Not to mention the architecture of every building is a work of art.
Now many of you don’t know me, so let me explain a little bit about myself to give you a better idea of where I am going with this post. I have always been an art enthusiast. From photography, to sketching and of course art appreciation I have always kept the beauty of expression a constant presence in my life. One way I express this love is through tattoos. I have many tattoos, all of which express something or someone very important to me. Furthermore, I have gotten these tattoos in places that have affected me in some type of way.
So, after 6 months of exploring, experiencing and embracing everything this beautiful city has to offer I decided to get a tattoo that would forever remind me of the happiness I felt in Barcelona. In my mind, getting a tattoo in Barcelona was a no brainer. This tattoo (pictured above) embodies the beauty of the city that stole my heart. The flower if shifted to the left can be seen all throughout the city. It is a tile designed by the genius behind this city’s unique architecture, that’s right, Antoni Gaudí. The center of the flower is the shield of barcelona and it can be seen on many buildings throughout the city, as well as on the lamp posts of Passieg de Gracia. The flowers within the pedals are also influenced by these lamp posts.
Passieg de Gracia is located near Plaza Catalunya where La Rambla is located, it’s considered the centermost part of the city and known as the hub for tourist. But for me it was so much more. I lived only minutes away from this area because it is very close to the historic campus of the Universitat de Barcelona where I attended school. This part of the city became my neighborhood and I learned it like the back of my hand. It’s where I made some of the best memories and enjoyed some of the best days of my life. For me this tattoo is so much more than just ink on my body, it’s an embodiment of the love I have for the city that changed my life for the best.