When I considered doing this blog, I knew I wanted the month I spent in Barcelona, April- 2014, to be at the center. So I will consistently use that experience and the images I gathered during that month in the blog.
I’m also planning to return to Barcelona, perhaps for another month in April of 2016, and this blog is a reminder of that intention and a spur to assuring my return. If I return two years after the initial month-long visit, I hope to bring new skills, a new attentiveness, and perhaps a slightly different agenda. I viewed my 2014 visit as a way of getting my feet on the ground, finding my way around. I enjoyed that randomness. Do I need to be more purposeful? I have time to decide.
Some of my blogs will deal with the preparation for my return. Some blogs will deal with my current reality as a family member, teacher, and homeowner, a reality I must weigh against my traveling life.
Why Barcelona? Because it’s an easy city — hospitable, safe, and not horribly expensive. It combines these virtues with being beautiful, a little exotic, and mysterious. It balances its long history against a prickly political present. It’s a lively city full of contradictions being simultaneously trendy and deeply traditional. A New England resident with an Irish American heritage, I curiously feel a deep connection to Barcelona.
What I hope you’ll see here is me leaning — about Barcelona and about my own intentions.