Last week I went for a short trip to Barcelona – my favorite city! If you don’t know yet, before I moved to Tel Aviv I was living there for a few years and I have to say that since I left I’ve been missing that place almost every day! There are SO many reasons one can love Barcelona, I will tell you why I do.
Barcelona is situated on the Mediterranean shore and the weather is nice for most of the year 🙂 You can enjoy the beach and sun all year round; even during the winter it’s usually not too cold for having a nice walk on the beach. Barcelona is also very multicultural – people from all over the world come to live there and it makes that city so unique! So many languages, different cultures, religions and ways of living are coexisting there. I remember when I came to the city for the first time I was very amused by that and I felt that no matter what you do and who you are you can find something for yourself in Barcelona. And so I did. And instead of staying 3 months I stayed more than a year and after the next two years I came back again to do my master’s degree there. Barcelona feels like a second home for me, I know all the small streets, bars with cheap Mojito and cool places to shop. Even if I go there as a tourist and take a lot of new pictures I really don’t feel like one – I feel like I’ve never left that place and I really belong there. Sometimes I laugh and say that I was born in Poland by mistake and even that I can’t say that I feel more Spanish than Polish I can definitely say that living in Barcelona has changed me, my way of seeing things and living life. One day I would like to have a wooden house on the beach close to Barcelona. Hopefully sooner than later 😉
One of the reasons why I like it here is the weather. Yes, the weather. I was born and raised in a cold country, where the winters are long and very cold and summers short and not always warm and sunny.
I love summer, I love sun, I love the sea and the beach. That’s why a few years ago I decided, that I will not live in a cold country for the rest of my life and that the weather affects me in so many ways that I have to take it into consideration while planning my future. You may think that the cold could not be a reason to move out of somewhere but believe me, for me it was. Not the only one of course, but a very important one.
These last days were wonderful, warm and sunny. I had the day off because of the Israeli elections so I went for a long walk along the sea shore. The beach was full of people, some of them were even swimming in the sea! You could see the happiness and joy on kids faces, couples resting on the sand and animals playing cheerfully. I loved that. This weather and the fact that sometimes there is more than 20 degrees in January compensates for the many hard days that I had here. If you have a chance to visit I would recommend you to do it soon, before the real summer starts and the heat will be difficult to stand…;-)