Category: My Trips

Barcelona, Catalonia or Spain?

Barcelona, Catalonia or Spain?

Barcelona, in the region of Catalonia, may not be part of Spain much longer.  Throughout our entire trip, we saw peaceful protesters throughout the city who want Catalonia to become its own country and who were pushing for a referendum.  A vote was declared illegal by Spain.  They held one anyway this past weekend, which led to police raiding the polling stations to seize ballot boxes and remove voters and left 850 injured.  We were thankful that we weren’t a part of the violence while we were there just a week before, but it was a great reminder to always be alert when traveling.

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Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

The history behind the city of Rome is fascinating, and layers upon layers make up its story.  Everything was so walk-able, and there were so many free things for travelers to do and see.  The food was delicious.  I was taken aback when I saw just how much wealth was centered in the Vatican City, but it was definitely impressive to see firsthand.  Seeing the sprawling wealth gave me a deeper understanding of our world’s financial inequality.

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Oslo, Norway

Oslo, Norway

It has been a busy couple of weeks, between evacuating to Atlanta for Hurricane Irma, getting back home and putting everything back together, and then heading off to Europe for over a week.  We were definitely tired, but we were even more grateful that the hurricane was so weakened as it passed our home.  We didn’t know if we’d still be taking the trip as the storm was brewing, but getting to Oslo and spending time with my family was such a relief.  I had forgotten what it was like to be a tourist in Oslo, but the Wanderer did a good job reminding me.  Norway is a beautiful country, and the people are very kind and welcoming.

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Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico

I’m still in awe of the people who built the pyramids of Teotihuacan.  When I was standing on top of the Pyramid of the Moon and looking out along the avenue of the dead, I could see just how much work went into the development.  The fact that the pyramids have survived over 1,800 years speaks to how well they were planned for and constructed.  There’s very little that can still have an impact that far into the future.  I’m left contemplating how small a piece of the world I am, and how thankful I am for these opportunities.

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St. Thomas and St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

St. Thomas and St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

The most impactful part of the trip was driving around the island and learning about how the Islanders live.  The beach-side homes and resorts are a huge contrast.  Seeing the metal shacks, one can only wonder how they would survive a hurricane.  I came home feeling more thankful for what I have and for the opportunities I’ve seized. 

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