One Hundred Seventy Six

yearofyogaJune29A Year of Yoga: June 29, 2014

Pose: Low Tree

Location: Inside Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Yesterday the girls walked around the Old City of Barcelona with B’s mom while we started packing up the apartment. We’re really having to pare down our luggage now. Today is our last full day in Barcelona and we still have not gone inside Sagrada Familia. So today we went down early to beat the lines and heat. It was worth every cent. The inside is magical and hard to describe. You really just have to see it for yourself. I chose a tree pose for this photo because Gaudi designed the inside beams to mimic tree trunks and branches. If you ever visit Barcelona, this really is a must see. The hype is well deserved.

Photography Credit: Momo

 

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One Hundred Seventy Five

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A Year of Yoga: June 27, 2014

Pose: Standing Cradle the “Baby”

Location: Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina

This is a stretch of street from Placa Espanya to the Palau Nacional. There is a “Magic Fountain” show in front of the Palace several nights a week. We took B’s family out for tapas and then came over here for the fountain show. It turned out there was a huge pride event going on. There were a ton of people, a drag show, all sorts of vendors. We made it up to the fountain and hung out for a bit. Then we put B’s family in a cab back to their apartment and took the metro home.

Photography Credit: Brandon

One Hundred Seventy Four

yearofyogaJune26A Year of Yoga: June 26, 2014

Pose: Reverse Warrior

Location: Poble Nou Beach, Barcelona

I can’t believe we only have a few more days in Barcelona. There’s a lot we haven’t done or seen. We have truly enjoyed just relaxing and being in such a laid back city. Today we went down to one of the nicer beaches a little further up the coast. Less touristy and nicer sand. This is probably our last beach trip before we leave Barcelona. Tonight B’s mom arrives. We’ll spend the next couple days showing her around Barcelona, then it’s off to Paris!

Photography Credit: Brandon

 

One Hundred Seventy Three

yearofyogaJune25A Year of Yoga: June 25, 2014

Pose: Table Variation

Location: A cool mask shop somewhere in the Old City

Today I dragged Lulu and Momo back to the Picasso Museum. It’s free for students and children so all of us get in for free. I gave them a “kung fu mission” to choose their 3 favorite pieces. They each chose really interesting ones.

Lulu chose Gored Horse. Momo chose Science and Charity. I nerded out in the room with all of Picasso’s interpretation of Valasquez’s Las Meninas. We had some really nice discussions about these pieces, what they might mean, and why Picasso painted them.

Photography Credit: Momo

 

One Hundred Seventy Two

yearofyogaJune 24A Year of Yoga: June 24, 2014

Pose: Handstand Variation

Location: K & M’s apartment

Now some family is here! B’s sister K and her husband M have arrived. Tonight we met them in their apartment, drank wine, ate some delicious salad, and watched some World Cup.This is the first family we’ve seen since my brother was here back in March.

Photography Credit: Momo

 

One Hundred Seventy

June 22A Year of Yoga: June 22, 2014

Pose: Holding a glass of 20 year Glenfidditch while watching World Cup with friends across the world, via technology!

Location: The Couch

Today the U.S. played Portugal in an epic World Cup match. Several of our friends in various places ended up in a live Facebook chat blow by blow of the match. W in California, me and B here in Barcelona, C in southern Spain, and A in Italy. So much fun to be able to be connected and enjoying a huge event together. Final score 2-2. We move on!

Photography Credit: Me

 

One Hundred Sixty Nine

yearofyogaJune21A Year of Yoga: June 21, 2014

Pose: Modified Half Moon

Location: The underground hallway connecting the L3 and L4 Barcelona Metro Lines

We have walked this hallway so many times because for whatever reason we always need to connect between these two lines. This hallway is so long that you can’t see either end from the middle of it. It takes a good 5 minutes to walk the full length of it. There is always someone playing the accordion or guitar in the middle. I actually wrote a short story that is partially set in this hallway. I will post it in the future. Today we walked this hallway again because we took Lulu and Momo up to Tibidabo. We also saw a Havelina (wild pig) and the girls went on the 100 something year old carousel. And the church was open! So we had a great afternoon. Now home for World Cup!

Photography Credit: Brandon

 

One Hundred Sixty Eight

yearofyogaJune19A Year of Yoga: June 19, 2014

Pose: One Legged Downward Dog Variation

Location: Placa Sant Jaume

I accompanied D to the airport this morning. The sadness of friends leaving was alleviated today because one of the Brits is here in Barcelona visiting one of her (many) BFF’s! We met S and a couple of her friends for tapas and drinks. It was great to see her again after several weeks and to catch up on her new assignment in Madrid. One of her friends visiting from the UK shared with us that he was almost cast as Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter movies. So, me and B felt old while our kids were enamored and talked HP with them for half the night. This is a beautiful church we walked past on our way home.

Photography Credit: Brandon

 

One Hundred Sixty Seven

yearofyogaJune18A Year of Yoga: June 18, 2014

Pose: Plank with Knee to Elbow

Location: Passatge d’ Alio

Today was D’s last full day in Barcelona. It’s been wonderful seeing friends from home finally and I will miss it. Today we walked down to the beach and had a drink by the awesome dragon fountain in Parc de la Ciutadella. Apparently we were too engaged in conversation to have enough sense to snap a yoga photo in that awesome location. So instead we got this shot on our way home after dinner at the Italian restaurant on the corner of our street.

Photography Credit: Brandon

 

One Hundred Sixty Six

IMG_2165A Year of Yoga: June 17, 2014

Pose: Cow Face Legs with Eagle Arms

Location: Picasso Museum, Barcelona

Everything about this picture makes me laugh. Today I finally made it to the Picasso Museum in Barcelona. They don’t allow photos in the galleries so I had to settle for one in the foyer. This guy joined my photo just as I was twisting myself into this pose. I wonder what he’s thinking.

Photography Credit: D

 

One Hundred Sixty Five

yearofyogaJune16A Year of Yoga: June 16, 2014

Pose: Mountain Pose

Sanskrit: Tadasana

Location: Casa Mila La Pedrera; Barcelona

C left yesterday but D is still here! Even though we’ve been here almost a month, there is a lot we haven’t seen. Barcelona is the city of Antoni Gaudi, the famous Catalunyan architect. You can’t go far without seeing something he designed, built, or influenced. So today we decided to explore one of his most famous buildings; La Pedrera. Absolutely gorgeous.

Photography Credit: Brandon

 

One Hundred Sixty Four

IMG_1945A Year of Yoga: June 14, 2014

Pose: One Legged Wheel Variation

Location: Tibidabo Amusement Park

Today is C’s last day here. So even though we are all ridiculously exhausted from the week of adventures and staying up late, we dragged ourselves out for one more adventure. We hiked up Mt. Tibidabo to this old amusement park that is still in operation. There is a beautiful church at the top also. It is an interesting juxtaposition, a 100 something year old carousel next to a 100 something year old church. They were build around the same time. The church was closed so we made do with wandering around the outside.

Photography Credit: D

 

One Hundred Sixty Two

IMG_1853A Year of Yoga: June 12, 2014

Pose: Half Lotus Twist

Location: Montserrat

Today we took the train about an hour northwest of Barcelona to the beautiful monastery of Montserrat. We arrived in time to listen to the boys choir perform and then wandered around the monastery buildings for a bit and ate a picnic lunch. After lunch we hiked up to the rocks. There are some incredible rock formations with outstanding views of the surrounding area. Some of us (not me) are afraid of heights and had to hang back a bit. So me and D took turns climbing out onto this picturesque little ledge.

Photography Credit: D

 

One Hundred Sixty One

yearofyogaJune11A Year of Yoga: June 11, 2014

Pose: Twisting Half Moon Variation

Location: Mercat de Sant Josep; aka La Boqueria

And now D is here! We have a full house and it is so good to see friends from home. D came last night and we all stayed up quite late talking and catching up. We dragged ourselves out of bed this morning so we could start exploring Barcelona together. We wandered around the “old city”, poked our heads into vintage shops, and eventually ended up at the most famous market La Boqueria.

Photography Credit: Brandon

 

One Hundred Fifty Nine

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A Year of Yoga: June 9, 2014

Pose: Prayer Squat

Location: Peter’s Garden; Rural Catalonia

C is here for a week! One of her priorities when traveling is to seek out cool art environments. She has dubbed them “outsider art”. Peter (of Peter’s Garden) calls them “places like this”. We rented a car and drove into rural Catalonia and found this special place. We wandered through the beautiful garden sculptures and buildings and then sat and enjoyed wine with Peter himself.

Photography Credit: Brandon

One Hundred Fifty Eight

yearofyogaJune8A Year of Yoga: June 8, 2014

Pose: Triangle Variation

Location: Barcelona Cathedral – Barri Gotic

Had our first look at the Gothic Quarter today. By now we have seen a lot of beautiful cathedrals. We have seen a lot of beautiful cathedrals. But they are still impressive somehow. Tonight our friend C arrives! Looking forward to a little bit of Cali here in Barcelona!

Photography Credit: Brandon