The time for us to take leave of Barcelona has come. I will miss Barcelona, especially: patatas bravas, cheap beer & wine, sunshine all year round, the €10 3-course lunch menus, the whole of the Gracia neighborhood, speaking Spanish on a regular basis, being able to sit at a restaurant for hours without getting kicked out, fresh produce in dozens of stores walking distance away, the well-connected Spanish train system, the randomly-specific small shops, and the general laid-backness of the Spanish culture.
Among all my emotions, the overriding one right now is gratitude. I’m so thankful for all the adventures of the last year. I’m thankful for the expansive landscapes I saw that made me feel small, and the small moments with strangers that made me feel significant. I’m thankful for the old friends who I got to share new adventures with, and the new friends who showed me what living out your dream looks like. I’m thankful to have reached new depths in my relationship to Grant, and new heights in my relationship with myself.
And more than anything, I’m thankful that this is not an end. It’s just a new door to walk through. I’m carrying this love and gratitude with me.
Here’s a photo-slideshow toast to some of my favorite memories of the last year. ¡Salud!