Today has been a good day. Much better than yesterday-grateful to say. We hung out last night with our new friends Beth and Tisha. We walked down to Las Ramblas, downtown Barcelona, Spain, and had dinner and drinks. Oh my Lord… I have at least one drink with every meal except breakfast. Jeez… Time to detox!!! I’m going to say though, I love the experiential nature of this country. Here in Spain, Portugal and France. They slow down, enjoy each other, enjoy a bottle of wine together. They eat beautiful food made out of fresh ingredients. They don’t cook with or eat a lot of sauces or condiments. It’s beautiful. The whole experience. We made our way home from a gorgeous dinner of tapas, and paella. This morning we ate (not me…still stuffed from last night) then got on our tour bus. We toured the city and went on a tour of La Sagrada Familia. It took my breath away. The whole exterior is covered in the story of Jesus’ life. Gaudi wanted everyone to get something out of the building even if they weren’t catholic, of religious. When you walk in you are bathed in sunlight from the gorgeous stained glass windows. The cool colors are a statement on Jesus’ life. That’s on one side of the building. On the other side the stained glass is all in reds and oranges and yellows, and that is the story of the passion -His death. No straight lines on the pillars. The pillars look like trees. We were told by our guide, that the reason the pillars look like trees was because if you ask a Buddhist where to find God or enlightenment they would tell you in the forest under a tree, if you ask a Christian where to find God or Enlightenment, they would tell you in the temple. This is a forest in the temple, so it can appeal to every one of any religion. It was extraordinary! My favorite place of worship to date.
Mom and I finished our shopping, we walked… and walked… and walked…, then grabbed a taxi back. Funny enough, we are staying at a beautiful hotel, Porta Fira. Our room is on the 15th floor. Our room number is the same as my home address…1515. Funny! I miss home. I miss my husband and my kids. I’ve had the opportunity to FaceTime them a few times. It’s great to see their faces. My mom has really missed my dad. I’m grateful for that. He has missed her also. He cried one time telling me how grateful he was that she and I were doing this. He said “she sounds so happy. You’ve made her life with this trip. Thank you.” It was very sweet and touching. But they are ready to be back together. Mom asks about him everyday. She talks in her sleep most of the time, and many times she talks
about her dog and to my dad. She was excited to bring him things she thinks he’ll enjoy. It’s lovely. It offers me perspective that even when they are angry with one another, or when my dad deals with her totally different from how I do or would, there is still lots of love and care there. That is reassuring. Anyway. We are resting a bit prior to going to dinner and to see a flamenco dance. Should be fun.
One more day, and this adventure wraps up. We head back to Orlando from Frankfurt, Germany. I look forward to seeing my family.
It’s been great though!