2011 and newlyweds in Barcelona, Spain.
Somehow, as a junior at Stanford [Sidebar: yes, I got married young; no, not for any other reason – religion, taxes, papers, pregnancy – other than plain old love; yes, people at Stanford were shocked I was wearing an engagement ring as an undergrad — I received some major side-eye for it; yes, I married someone 6.5 years older than me; yes, it was awkward when he was older than my RAs; no, the age difference doesn’t matter now; yes, I was at the time and still am a feminist; cool, now that that’s out of the way] I managed to plan an (albeit small) wedding and a kickass trip to Spain, all while doing Calculus problem sets, reading a ridiculous amount of books and writing papers. (In hindsight, I see the anxiety that was already rearing it’s ugly head, but that’s a story for another time…)
Why Spain? Because one of my majors was Iberian and Latin American Cultures. Because I speak Spanish. Because if I’d had the time to travel abroad I would’ve gone to Madrid. And because…well, it was Spain. Not a hard sell.
To be honest, the wedding was all well and good, but I was really excited about the honeymoon. 6.5 years later, and I have no regrets about my small wedding and 17-day honeymoon in Spain.
We stayed at the sleek and modern Hotel Denit, which was smack dab in the middle of the Gothic Quarter — a very convenient and charming location.
Our first day there, we were suuuper jet lagged, but we tried to power through and get our bearings at The Museum of the History of Barcelona. The museum’s underground remains of Roman streets and buildings are pretty impressive.
While in Barcelona, we had a memorable dinner at Restaurante 7 Portes, which is known (and with good reason!) for its paella. It was the best paella I’ve ever had. Rafi’s grandfather recommended the restaurant from when he and his wife vacationed in Spain, so it was a special dinner for us.
We were mesmerized by all of Antonio Gaudí’s architecture that we visited: La Pedrera, Casa Batlló, La Sagrada Família, and Park Güell. La Pedrera and La Sagrada Familia were particularly stunning and informative.
The quirky and artsy boutique Fet Amb Love was a happy find, full of handmade jewelry and accessories, some of them upcycled.
For a change of pace and scenery, we took a short train ride and sky tram to the Santa Maria de Montserrat Monastery, a Benedictine abbey located on the mountain of Montserrat. There, we sampled goat cheese from local vendors, hiked around the Monastery, enjoyed a picnic on the lawn and took in the views.