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Yesterday I walked around Barcelona with one of my hostel mates.  She and I put together a rough plan of what we wanted to see before heading out, and then we walked in the city for the next nine hours.  Our walk could have easily extended for another nine hours, energy and daylight permitting.  Taking in this amount of beauty can be an exhausting undertaking.  Barcelona is like an self-regenerating resource of vitality.

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Energy, creativity and life come from the air, the ground, the people, the buildings and the trees.

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An artist might find it to be inspiring or altogether overwhelming.  The city holds more surprises, history, and culture around each turn, up each shallow hill, and between the walls of each bending alley way.

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Barcelona is like a vibrant chimera tree.  Each dying limb or falling leaf makes room for, and indeed gives birth to, two more branches or leaves of more complex character, more compelling composition.  When touring La Sagrada Familia, I was delighted to see the names of modern masters carved into the stonework and stamped in the side of the metalcraft.

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Like a living, growing treasure, La Sagrada Familia is metaphoric of Barcelona itself.  Rooted in richest earth with a healthy sun above coupled with the excited energies of disciplined, vested caretakers; this city will only become more interesting as time goes on.

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