Today I was thinking a bit about those perfect days. You know the ones. The ones you look back on and think ... that was a good day. The sun is shining. You are carefree. Your feet don't hurt from uncomfortable (yet fashionable) sandals. You spend all day doing exactly what you like just how you like. That is a good day.
I had a lot of those days while living in Barcelona for my study abroad during uni. A lot of them. And I was reminded of the great memories from that time when I spoke to my grandparents on the phone this weekend - they had just returned from Barcelona and were telling me all about it.
And so I spent some time day-dreaming about one of my favorite places in the world. Where the city is quaint and not too large. The old down is full of picturesque alleyways. The shopping streets are just waiting for me to spend. The tapas restaurants are abundant. The museum are incredible. The sun is always shinning. The street performers are always out. And life is always moving (except during siesta ...).
I fell in love with the sea in Barcelona. Before it, I could take or leave the water. Sure it was nice to be by the ocean and go swimming and feel the sand between my toes. But it was just another destination. But living in Barceloneta, in my little apartment with a tiny balcony where you could just make out the water across the palm trees in the park next door and you were (literally) a 3 minute walk from the beach. Well. That is when I fell in love with water and its beauty and the feeling of forever that you get standing at the edge of the ocean.
I would go out there all the time. Just strolling during the day. Or laying out to read and tan. Or my morning run on the boardwalk. Or my evening strolls in the surf with one ear bud in (towards the city) and one out to listen to the waves crashing. My favorite song to listen to while doing this was always "Edge of the Ocean" ... scroll down and play for full effect!
Those are perfect memories ... those moments spent listening to the waves and walking on the beach. Blue skies and endless horizons. The stuff of great memories.
Ivy - Edge of the Ocean