Happy Mugs Monday! We hope you had a fantastic weekend. We thought that as we’re all warming up for the busy week ahead of us with a cup of coffee & a bowl of oats that we could take a moment to reflect on the adventures we’ve had over the summer. We would love to hear about where you visited & what your favorite memory is. There are so many amazing people, foods, & places in this world. Let’s introduce each other to them!
“I visited Madrid & Barcelona this summer with my boyfriend, James. He did most of the designing & planning for this trip, so I kind of kicked back and kept an open mind for whatever amazing things we were going to experience that day. He got us tickets to explore La Sagrada Família, the world-famous cathedral. La Sagrada Família’s construction began in 1882 and it’s not expected to be finished until approximately 2028. Crazy, right? I arrived in Barcelona not knowing anything about Antoni Gaudí (the architect of La Sagrada Família and many other gorgeous & completely original buildings in Barcelona), except that he was the mastermind behind this cathedral. After seeing this amazing work of art in person and reading about it in the on-site exhibit, I was completely floored. I can’t imagine a more amazing feat than to dream up something so big and so detailed and to know that you won’t be alive to finish the project— you’re going to have to be so clear in your vision that those who take over construction when you’re gone can carry out your designs. It’s truly unimaginable. However, as amazing as La Sagrada Família was, there was something very unexpected taking place in front of the structure and equally stunning.
It was Labor Day, which is a big celebration in Spain and the were locals building Castells, aka human towers (as they have been since the 1700’s). I’d seen these towers on YouTube, but nothing can compare to what it’s like seeing them in person. The idea that these people practice with their family and neighbors, and then they build these human structures that are completely based on trust. If the people in the tower below or above don’t follow through on what they’ve practiced, then the tower crumbles. It fails. It was like this beautiful, truthful metaphor for humanity. We have to work together to build something great & worthwhile. That takes trust and commitment. Castells were declared “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” in 2010 and seeing these Castells being built, then taken down, and rebuilt again, with this music that sounds so ancient, against the backdrop of a cathedral that has been in progress for over 100 years, was extremely moving and felt like just that— ‘heritage of humanity’. It was like history in motion. It was drizzling outside and you couldn’t have told the difference between my happy tears & the rain.
If you ever get a chance to experience either of these incomparable structures, don’t miss out!”
Share you favorite summer travel memory in the comments below & on social. We can't wait to see the world through your eyes. Have a great week & stay boss. xx