Letters from the dorm: A city of art, life and colour

Letters from the dorm: A city of art, life and colour

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Gaudi's colourful Casa Batllo is built without any straight lines at all.
Gaudi's colourful Casa Batllo is built without any straight lines at all.
Photo: Emily Ting
There are many perks to studying in the UK - my favourite being its closeness to Europe and all its wonders. I took advantage of this and spent a few days of my Easter holiday in Barcelona, a metropolis so extraordinary that it has become my new favourite city.

Words can hardly do justice to its beauty. First, the weather is always brilliant there compared to the endless greyness of London. I visited fabulous art museums (notably the Picasso and Miro ones - they're my favourite artists!), the castle at Montjuic hill that overlooks the Mediterranean, as well as the Barri Gotic, the heart of the old city, with its maze-like passageways.

As a fan of FC Barcelona, of course I had to visit their ground at Camp Nou - although I didn't get to meet Lionel Messi or the other footballers! But perhaps Barcelona is most famous for Antoni Gaudi's architectural wonders, which are unlike anything I've seen before.

His masterpiece is the Sagrada Familia, a church that they have been building since 1882, and which is a Unesco World Heritage Site. The inside is breathtaking, with stained-glass windows and pillars inspired by trees that make a peaceful place for reflection.

Casa Batllo is a house which was designed to avoid straight lines completely. Gaudi's took inspiration from nature and his own imagination, which shows in his unique works and evokes different feelings in every visitor who views them.

What I love the most about the city is the life, colour and happiness. Barcelona is a showcase for arts, music and design. As for the food - paella and little dishes called tapas - it is simply heavenly. Barcelona - and travelling, in general - has taught me to enjoy the beauty of the little things. I'm ready for whatever this term in London throws at me!

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