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Barcelona, Spain // Part 1 – iPhone

I flew out a few hrs after returning home from shooting a wedding. US -> CANADA -> SPAIN. We texted all week and planned to meet at a specific part of the airport. Turns out, there were a few of those “specific” spots. I scrambled to find wi-fi at baggage claim so we could connect. Minutes later, tap tap tap. There she was. I could’t believe it. My best friend, Andrea. In person, in another country. What?!? The?!?!? Heck?!?! We exchanged squeals, hugs, and off we went…

They say traveling with friends strengthens friendship and brings you closer together. I was about to find this out.  Aside from a few local trips, we’ve never traveled internationally together. Truthfully, I was expecting us to get in a fight. (love you andreaaaaaaaa) None of that happened. It’s true what they say, you know. We left closer than ever.

We spent our days getting lost in Barcelona’s vibrant calle’s. We stayed with locals, and learned about what life is like for them. We were left breathless by works of art. We cried. Okay, I cried. We laughed. We laughed hard. We walked miles and miles and miles on that damn sweltering beach. We shared heart to hearts, and one too many ridiculous jokes and quotes. We ate our way throughout the city. We didn’t go to la boqueria enough. We chatted about how we could possibly pick up our lives in SF and move them to Barcelona. We got lost. We found our way again. We saw pick pockets on the job, and she saved me from what I thought was a man pick pocketing me. He wasn’t. Just trying to share his restaurant menu with us. Ha! We drank refreshing beer, and endless pitchers of sangria. We savored late night dinners. We took our time. We had a blast!

Below are some of the snapshots I took with my iPhone 5s. I love and hate my iPhone all the same. It is hard sometimes, to be in the moment with it on. BUT…BUT.! It’s quite nice to have for snapshots that don’t need to be fancy. A simple camera for little moments like selfies with your best friend…<3

We stayed in El Born for a few days, then made our way to Gracia. Andrea had one full day there. She’d been traveling Europe for two weeks so she left earlier than I did. In and out of the placas, the mercats, and the streets. That’s how I spent my last days there. I loved Gracia. Especially since it’s mostly locals. It’s away from the city center, and the only tourists you see in the streets are the ones on double decker buses. At first it gave me anxiety given the fact that I don’t speak Catalan / Spanish. So before she left, I made Andrea give me a few spanish phrases to get me through : ) Oh, and the elderly. Don’t get me started. The abuelos and abuelas. They were my favorite to photograph. As you’ll see below.

The majority of the trip was photographed with my 35mm which I’ll share on another day. Until then…

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