While most people travel to Barcelona to enjoy the beaches, the clubs, the music—all of which are incredible—for me, the city’s history had an undeniable pull and especially at the time of Catalonian bids to succeed from Spain, Barcelona. My sister and I, both enamored by beautiful architecture, stood for hours in front of every Gaudi creation we could find. Casa Milá, Park Güell, Casa Battló, and of course the exquisite Sagrada Familia (definitely worth the hour wait). Hoping from museum to museum, with courses of delicious tapas in between, we finally made it to Montjuïc where we stayed until sunset to watch the magnificent fountains dance the overlooking the Palau Nacional. The little nerd within me in love with art and history and architecture felt more complete, more lively than I could have thought possible.