I loved our time in Spain. The country was beautiful, and it was so nice to be traveling again. For those of you that follow this blog, you know how much I value traveling. I love meeting people, seeing new places, and letting my curiosity lead me. I knew 2020 was going to be tough, but I couldn’t imagine how much the isolation, screen time, and lack of travel were going to hurt me.
I was nervous about being by myself for two days. In my 20s, I vacationed by myself a few times, but I had not done it in a while. So this was probably the perfect trip to do it because 2020 and 2021 shook a lot loose in my and it gave me time to sit with my thoughts, not at my desk, but in the space I love the most, the one I’ve never been to before. Standing in front of Picasso’s Guernica or Goya’s Drowning Dog moved me unexpectedly, and being alone forced me to sit with that and wonder, “how am I different now?”
Spain provides an incredible opportunity as a history student to look at a place touched by Phoenicians, Arab conquerors, and Catholic supremacists. No one replaces another, and from it, a genuinely fascinating Andalusian society emerged.
Spain was a fantastic way to shake off those accumulating bad vibes and get back to being a traveler. I highly recommend the south of Spain. The towns are gorgeous, the food is delicious, and the wine is free. I cannot wait to return and visit Barcelona and many more parts of Spain.