A Tour of Spain | {European Wedding Photographer}

Words can't quite begin to express how much I've truly loved my time in Spain. It's my first trip to Europe and while there will always be a special place in my heart for the Philippines and South East Asia this city has become one of my favorites as well. I'll have to share more stories in the coming weeks as I share more pictures but needless to say Barcelona has made a good impression on me- I may have even tried to figure out how or what it would look like to live here. Seriously- I'm not saying forever but it's a place that I will hopefully get to return to one day soon! I'll start today with the 5 most interesting facts or things about Barcelona I've discovered:

1. Everyone is friendly and helpful. Regardless of if you're a stranger or friend you can be sure if you're in need you'll have people rally around to help (we saw this play out on the bus one night). Barcelona is safe- I've never felt more safe walking the streets of a major city regardless of the time of day. 2. They have a work/life balance Their days are quite different here. They stay out later (well after midnight) and typically the work day doesn't start until 9 or 10. Everyone (cooperate world, schools, shops, etc.) take a 2 hour siesta from 1-3 where they eat lunch, nap, run errands, etc. Their work days go later and dinner is typically enjoyed between 8-10. Bed typically seems to be after 1am as the streets are still bustling with people at midnight and later. 3. Fresh Food From the restaurants to the grocery store everything is fresh. There's a great variety in dishes and places to eat while everything being fresh tastes so much better! 4. They Walk Everywhere Seriously- my friend who lives here warned me. I brought my most comfortable shoes and my feet still hurt. We're not talking about a stroll around the block as it's not uncommon to walk multiple miles each day. 5. No Big Box Stores Here Shopping requires visiting the butcher, the veggie and fruit stand, the pharmacy etc. You take your cart and you pay for bags if you don't bring your own. The first level of all the buildings are shops, boutiques, bars (restaurants), etc. The apartments, condos and office spaces reside above and all the buildings facades (in this part of town) are very old yet absolutely beautiful.

So for now here's a small snapshot into all that's to come... If you'd like to see the gallery, order prints or view more of these images click here.

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While I'm sad to be leaving today I'm excited to return soon... There are more where this came from and so many stories to share. I'll be posting more later in the week so I'll see you again soon!!