BARCELONA i. Run away to Barcelona, where you will practice the rolling of R’s and pledge yourself to silent C’s: Barrrthelona. Braid your hair, and bask in the panoramic splendour of your Catalan city. ii. Bite your tongue as you count the celestial spires of Sagrada Familia; let its rippling curves of stone remind you of home, and surrender yourself entirely to its Gaudi, gothic, glory. iii. Make love under stars, dancing and exploring your way through the twisted labyrinth of laneways and bars. Marvel at the city’s man-made beaches, and its Magic Fountain of Montjuïc; make a toast to modernity, and bathe in the mirage of blue, purple, and pink. iv. Read poetry under the palm trees of the Plaça Reial, and relinquish your afternoons to romance and religion.Give thanks to the tapas Gods and yield yourself to foreign food and foreign friends. v. Surrender yourself to the Spanish sun; here you will hold planets in the palms of your hands, and lick universes into existence with the tip of your tongue. Fall asleep at sunrise, where your heart and belly will be full to the brim of tobacco, sangria, and him. vi. Navigate your way down the boulevards and The Besòs (river). Eat vanilla magnums, wear red lipstick, and very little else. Steal besos (kisses) from strangers and say goodbye to Spain.
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