Barcelona

Adventuring at Home and Abroad

by Tessa on August 14, 2013

in Barcelona, Millie&Me, Spain, Style

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I found these pictures on my laptop that I had intended to share months ago! As I was looking through them I was thinking about how when we lived in Spain, we would always go places and see things. We knew we had a limited time there and to us, Barcelona was new and amazing! When we felt bored we left the house because there was always something new to see and we didn’t want to waste time. We didn’t want to return home to America and have regrets about not taking advantage of our time and experiencing everything that we could have. I was talking to the woman that cut my hair and when I told her of the places I had been she said “I’ve lived here ten years and I still haven’t been there yet!”

We’ve finally moved into our place in Utah and in the past few days we haven’t done much, mostly because we’re unpacking which is a boring and odious job if you ask me. Multiple times each day I think “Wow. I’m bored! I just want to go to college already!” But I’ve realized that to me-to many of us-America seems so common, just like how Barcelona wasn’t anything particularly special to my Spanish hairdresser! I want to live in America the way I lived abroad. I want to see what the cities I live in have to offer. I want to adventure through my hometown the way I’d adventure through a far away city. I know that we currently live a few miles away from 2 adorable old main streets that I have yet to explore and there’s a charming train track that runs through the city. There may not be any grand and stunning cathedrals nearby but I’m sure Utah County has some gems of its own and I’m determined to find them!!

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Wall Humor

by admin on November 6, 2012

in Barcelona, Spain

Cemetery

Ok. This wall. By golly, I cracked up! I LOVE the faces of these two men. Basically, this painting made my day! Still laughing. I hope that you find this at least slightly comedical as well. I think I can safely say we’ve all been in both of the men’s positions, so then, tell me that you agree that their expressions PERFECTLY convey every feeling and thought that’s gone through your head in a moment like this. (Personally, I’d like to be the cat . . .  the little creeper!) Also, the fact that the characters are dressed circa WWII just makes me love it ten times more!
Honestly, I would like this anonymous artist to come paint this mural on my wall so I could wake up to it everyday! I’d be starting every day off with a smile. I’d also use the image as a reminder that I can choose who I want to be and what attitude I want to have. Am I going to feel bad for myself or go out there and have a blast? Am I going to be like the women in this painting and go where the party is or am I going to make a sad chum’s day? If you were to pick a character in this mural that reminds you most of yourself, which one would it be?
Provecho!! Tessa Lynn

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1 Compliments make everyone’s day. EVERYONE’S!! I know, I’m right–you don’t even have to tell me! Plus, it’s the best way to meet new people! I know from experience… if you offer someone a compliment, then you can ask their name and even chat a little longer! Sometimes they’ll even give you a compliment in return! Soon, you know everything about them, like, that they have three fish and that they like wearing only one sock to bed, which is such a coincidence, because you do too!!  (Also, ladies! This is a great tip if you see some attractive fella! Just casually tell him you like his shirt, or what not, and there you have it! A love connection!!;)

Anyways, the point of my little tangent is simply that a fellow vintage loving girl made my day!!! My family and I were biking through some gorgeously narrow side streets in downtown Barcelona.  We had stopped by a fountain and were about to start pedaling again before we were stopped by this cute girl. After asking if I spoke spanish (which frankly I do not… at least not enough to hold a lengthy conversation), she proceeded to tell me in a beautiful English accent that she loved the shape, material, and style of my tunic. She explained that her name was Kate and she was from Oxford, England and loves recreating unique pieces! So, I told her that I’m from California but living here for a year and that I had picked my tunic up from a vintage store in L.A.! She pulled out her iPhone and asked if it was okay to take a picture of me so she could see if she could recreate my tunic. Of course I obliged and in return, my mom snapped a photo of both Kate and me. After we set off again on our bikes, I kept smiling because Kate had made my day with her compliment!! I thought, “Why can’t everyone be like Kate and be brave enough to compliment the people they see on the streets?” So… it got me to thinking, there are sooo many times I see someone on the street and admire what they’re wearing. I’m thinking it would be fun to have my own street style column, but rather than just taking photos of others, I’d take photos with them! It’d be a fun opportunity to get to know other people, make them feel great about their style, and learn about their favorite stores, which I could hit up!:)

Provecho!! Tessa Lynn

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