Barcelona Day 1

Spring might finally have arrived in New Haven! And I feel about as busy as the birds have been the past few mornings. We have a little over one month left in our first year at Yale SOM and I'm certain it's going to fly by. As I mentioned last week, there's a lot of work and seriousness filling my time lately; what I want is a light-hearted space to document all of the fun we're having, too. So for the next several weeks, I'll be posting often with photographs and short notes about what we're up to as we wrap up our first school year at Yale. 

To start, some of our favorite places in Barcelona. We traveled there for five days before Amar continued on a school trip to Serbia and Croatia. (You might have already seen a few of our favorite pictures here and here.)

Stop 1 on our Barcelona Tour: La Sagrada Famila

There was so much that I loved about this place that I'll need 3 days to show you. Let's start with the outside--

La Sagrada Familia is a basilica dedicated to the Holy Family that has been under construction for more than 130 years. The first stone was laid on March 19, 1882. Famous architect Antoni Gaudi took over the project in 1883 and proposed a design that would depict the Gospel teachings.

La Sagrada Familia's exterior is covered with symbolic carvings that detail scenes from Christ's birth to his death. 

From a distance, the view of the exterior facades is overwhelming. But when you step up close to any one panel, the moment it reflects is so personal and intimate.

Tomorrow, I'll show you this inside, which is an entirely different experience.