A stroll through Barcelona

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How beautiful is a city when one is flying over it, looking down on its buildings' beautiful colors and shades. One feels this desire to head off quickly in search of its essence by getting lost in its alleys. From the airport to the city, you are greeted by a massive swarm of her admirers, tourists who liken themselves to smiling residents. This is reflected on them, in their outward appearance, dressed as Catalans, wearing their ancestors' jewelry; and sometimes, even Europeans, who come from countries where the sun barely shines, they bask in the Barcelona sun, and they smile. In lightning speed, the journey ends, but if that visitor ventures in the crevices of the city, and away from touristic places, they may experience a wave of nostalgia. Nostalgia, perhaps, similar to that of the Lebanese, whose mind would be filled of old Beirut streets.

Photo and text by Marwan Tahtah

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