Seeing that Dad and I (maybe it’s more me) don’t really ándale, we wandered our way to the entrance of Barcelona’s main street, La Rambla. Having both visited Barcelona before, there wasn’t the urgency to get to all the tourist spots. Rather we wanted to soak in the city, explore the maze of side streets and get to Gaudí’s apartment building…specifically its roof.
The waving and, to me, almost whimsical design of Gaudí’s work became much more understandable once I learned he had been trapped indoors for long periods of time as a child due to illness. My own health issues, which started as a kid, often kept me sidelined as well so I understand the need to redefine the seen world into something more interesting – and his stuff definitely is interesting!
I was my Dad’s “roomie” and side kick for this trip taking the space which had traditionally been my mom’s. It still stings when I remember she is gone, but the blessing of this day with my dad is a treasure I will hold on to tightly.