StylistNomad Abroad: Barcelona

Article by Lauren

I finally decided to visit a place close to my heart. Almost 5 years ago I stayed in Barcelona for the first time, and I was enchanted by its small quaint streets, pretty boutiques and "Gaudi" charm.

"Antoni Gaudi was a Spanish Catalan architect, from Reus. He was known for Catalan modernism".

This was a big journey, and I wanted to experience it with my friend and previous co-worker Nasim, who travelled all the way from Canada. Unfortunately the weather wasn't the best, with cold and rain every day, but we really made the best of our trip and tried enjoying it to the fullest. 

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

My beautiful friend Nasim, posing in front of a gorgeous cathedral near Las Rambalas. 

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Nasim

Photograph by Nasim

The architecture and design throughout the city left me speechless. We were so lucky to be in such a central area to get around by foot. We stayed in #HELLOBCN hostel, that was just steps away from all the action throughout Las Ramalas. 

Photograph by Rafael

Photograph by Rafael

Photograph by Lauren Martin "Fashion District"

Photograph by Lauren Martin "Fashion District"

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

This is the famous Gaudi house, with a very unique design. I was told he was inspired by dragons, and the structure of the building is made from its "bones" after the king slain the dragon. This building is full of life and magnificent colours! It's my favourite and a "must-see".

Photograph by Lauren Martin "Gaudi House"

Photograph by Lauren Martin "Gaudi House"

One of my most favourite spots is in front of Sagrada Familia. This cathedral has been in process of being finished for centuries. They are suppose to complete it by 2026. The design itself is really breath taking.. I was planning to go "inside" this time, since I travelled to Spain 5 years ago, but for some reason I still didn't go inside! No problem though, the beauty of the outside is still my favourite.

Photograph by Lauren Martin "Sagrada Familia"

Photograph by Lauren Martin "Sagrada Familia"

Photograph by Lauren Martin "Sagrada Familia"

Another great spot in Barcelona is the Gaudi Park. I was happy to see this place again, still full of tourists, colours, mosaic tiles, green forestry, and beautiful architecture. 

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Rafael

Photograph by Rafael

Photograph by Rafael

Photograph by Rafael

There were some really memorable experiences in Barcelona with my friend Nasim. The streets were great to explore around every corner. We came across this super cheap and delicious Curros cafe... YUM!

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Another key thing todo when exploring a new city, is to make some great friends! I would recommend staying in a youth hostel. Originally we were going to stay in Barcelona's hyped up.. KABUL, but honestly... HELLOBCN dominated over it. This was for cleanliness, capacity, interaction with other backpackers, free breakfast, and the quietness of the hostel was a plus. The hostel was soooo close to Las Rambalas, but far enough away from the crowded busy streets, throughout the area.

So my friend Nasim left a note inside our hostel when we arrived, and it said something like this... "Hello new hostel mates! This is Nasim and Lauren, and we are so excited to meet you guys! See you soon!"

We found out later, they were 7 cute guys from El Salvador! Who spoke... not too much English "Amillio translated" lol, and we had the best weekend in Barcelona together! 

The memories are honestly ....endless with these guys! Everything from inside jokes about "Titsiano", "Alejandro", and late nights, good laughs and over all a crazy good time with everyone. We got really lucky having them with us though, because after they left... we were so sad, and our new hostel mates were "kind of boring".... These guys will never be forgotten!!!