Hi everyone!!! I’m back, even though I wish I was still gallivanting in lands far away. I still have a lot of blogsphere catch up to do, holiday pics to sort through and all sorts of stuff to do, before settling into a proper routine again, but I’ll get there eventually.
On a quick recap of the holidays, Croatia is a pearl of a country, filled with lovely lush landscapes and friendly folks. I also made some small incursions into Bosnia and Montenegro, which are pretty neat and worth checking too.
I ended the trip by going to Barcelona, which quite frankly, is possibly the city of my life! A lot of people had already told me I’d love it, but usually when I get my hopes too high, I already know it’s never going to live up to expectations, but this was not the case. I fell head over heels for the city, the amazing architecture, all that captivating Gaudi work (which seen live is just all sorts of wow), the art nouveau touches everywhere, the quirky stores, the always bustling life, whatever time of day.
All put together, my kind of city, I ♥ Barcelona, is my new moto. In fact, I loved the city so much, that in my eagerness to enjoy the city to the most, I managed to miss my flight home (major duh moment on my part undoubtedly), but fortunately after crashing at the airport managed to return the morning after.
Something I also did while in Barcelona, was attend Sonar, the International Festival of Advanced Music and Multimedia Art. To tell you the truth, it was a bit underwhelming (there I go, big expectations and small pay off). One of the gigs I was dying to watch, was Chris Cunningham’s set, whose videos I’ve always loved, but somehow the whole thing didn’t translate all that well into that sort of format (or maybe, it was just the fact that the music he played was mostly really hardcore electronics and I’m going through a softer, almost classical Owen Pallett/Philip Glass kinda of phase). I actually spotted Chris himself in the crowd, later during the night, and tried to muster courage to approach him, but alas no guts, or not enough booze in my system for it, shame on me!
And while in the subject of music videos, to help celebrate the arrival of summer, here’s to the ingenious power of color coupled with choreography and charming lofi tunes, proving that you don’t need lots of special effects and cgi to captivate!
Mia Doi Todd – Open your heart directed by Michel Gondry
Feist – 1234 directed by Patrick Daughters