First, I have to thank our wonderful parents, brothers, sisters and friends ("Jacob and Justin's family") who watched our boys while we were galavanting: especially when they were so sick.
I know, I'm a dork. But, ever since growing up in Sweden I LOVE European gummies. One year for Christmas my sister-in-law gave me a bag of gummies she brought back from Sweden and it was my favorite present. Anyway, our hotel was right next to La Boqueria, the open air market. Imagine my delight in discovering an entire stall of gummies. Let's just say I ate my weight in gummies and spent most of my Euro there as well :)
5. Time alone
Although I arrived Tuesday morning, Reed had to work until Thursday. This meant that the first few days Reed and I would just meet up for dinner/parties at night. At first, Reed was very concerned that I would feel neglected, but it was AWESOME. It made for the perfect balance of personal and couple time.
What would a vacation be without food? We ate at the most amazing resturants with great atmosphere and wonderful food (I warned you about an excess of superlatives). Thanks to some great recommendations we were able to have some very memorable dinners. Interestingly, most Spanish restaurants don't even open until 8:30pm and dinner takes at least 2 hours. This of course, gave us complete licence to indulge in #2.
What can I say? I love this wonderful man. I am so grateful for the opportunities he works so hard to give our family. Although I'm still not entirely sure what he does for a living, I've decided it's really cool and involves a lot of really cool people. It was great to meet most of his colleagues and to see just how amazing and extensive GSMA is. But, of course, I loved most just being with Reed; talking, walking and laughing.
Our hotel was located next to the gothic quarter and we wandered those tiny, cobbled streets for hours. During the day they were charming and quaint, steeped in history. Because of it's location on the Mediterranean and it's proximity to Africa, Barcelona is a fascinating mix of cultures. At night, they are truly GOTHIC, and let's just say I'm glad I never finished reading The Historian
I tend to be more traditional in my likes, but Gaudi is a master and his work is truly awe-inspiring. Sagrada Familia is a masterpiece on so many levels. First, the minute detail is breath-taking. Second, the sheer magnitude is overwhelming. Finally, the dedication and sacrifice it represents are humbling. Gaudi dedicated the last 16 years of his life to creating this church. But, work still continues TODAY! Amazing, especially in light of the fact that it is funded entirely by private donation. I was very touched by the sense of consecration that is present throughout the entire structure.