Well, the truth is that I have been saying for a long time that I would go anywhere to escape my country. That’s a little harsh to say, given the fact that Uruguay is not Syria and that I have a comfortable life here. But I like more cosmopolitan cities, the kind of cities where you see people from all around the world,  diversity is the rule,  different architecture styles mix in harmony and  services actually function well, but at the same time, there are more quiet and less touristic neighborhoods where you can escape for a while.

Without further ado here is my list (of only two cities):

SAN FRANCISCO

I don’t know why, but even tough San Francisco is a big and touristic city, I never felt like it was crowded everywhere. It seemed to me quiet but still moving in its own way, with things to see in every neighborhood.

There were so many things and places that caught my eye, Little Italy, China Town, the victorian houses, Haight-Ashbury where you get transported to the hippie days, the amazing Golden Gate park for when you get tired of the city life, the Golden Gate itself of course! and so many other amazing things.

If you go there don’t miss the opportunity to take a ride in a trolley which were brought to San Francisco from different countries. The one I took was from Italy and from 1895. Also my family and I decided  to rent bikes and we rode from Pier 39 to the AT&T park . I was a little hesitant at first because I didn’t think it was a super extraordinary experience (wow riding bikes, magical…) but I ended up having fun.

Some pictures I took:

 

BARCELONA

Oh Barcelona, what to say about you!? Inspiring is the best word I find to describe it. Architecture is what fascinated me the most. Gaudí art works (his buildings are art works people!) and the buildings of other architects representatives of the modernism movement totally enchanted me.

Of course walking in las ramblas is a must, as well as walking in the Passeig de Gracia where you will find two of Gaudí’s most iconic buildings, the Casa Batlló and the Casa Mila  or La Pedrera. There are so many other things to see, the Sagrada Familia (duh), the Gothic quarter, the Park Güell, Montjuic, the Tibidabo mountain with it’s church and amusement park, the Barceloneta beach, and sooo many other things.

The thing with Barcelona is that even the neighborhoods that aren’t so touristic are beautiful too, and I even saw a resemblance with Montevideo, my city, in those places. A much bigger, cleaner and gorgeous Montevideo.

Some pictures I took: