I´m really open to discover new cities and new cultures. But I´m also interested in returning to places where I´ve been before. If it´s a fact that I don´t know how to justify why I´ve been 4 times in Helsinki or 3 times in Bangkok (it´s not you, it´s me!), it is true that I can´t wait to be back to Tokyo or San Sebastian (and New York, as you may have understood with all the last posts).
In the last months I had the chance to return to two different cities where I´ve been several times. In a recent trip to discover Valencia, I flew to Barcelona and stayed two days at the Catalan capital.
I´ve been in Barcelona almost 10 times and it´s always a pleasure to return: I love to go through the ramblas and walk Barceloneta until the beach. Another tradition I have is to wander around Passeig de Gràcia, say hi to Gaudí and do a pitstop in La Sagrada Familia.
It is for me impressive how long has been the construction of La Sagrada Familia. Every time I stop there I like to compare its construction evolution since my previous visit. And maybe, you know, when La Sagrada Family is finally ready I will feel sorry about it and will never visit this monument again…
Well, another city I returned was Riga. Oh yeah, after two years I left the latvian capital, I went back to Riga to meet some friends and celebrate midsummer. Midsummer is, every year, the highlight of the locals: friends get together to celebrate the 24 hours daylight days.
It was very special to be back in Riga. In general, I came with the feeling that the city hasn´t change too much: Daugava river is in the same spot, the central market keeps its magic soviet vibe and people remain distant, nice though.
I went to some of my favorite parks, walked my old neighborhood but the funniest thing I noticied was one of the coffee chains I used to attend quite often changed its name from Coffee In to Caffeine but – and here is the joke! – kept the original wifi password.
Travel to new destinations is essential for me but during these trips to Barcelona and Riga I realize how important is to visit places where I don´t feel the rush and pressure to explore the new but merely appreciate what makes me feel – even if it´s just for a bit – at home far from my actual home.