Barcelona or Madrid?

by Genesis Timblaco Geraldino

EuroTrip2015: On September 28, I left New York City to visit 5 cities in 3 countries – Germany, Netherlands, Spain- in 9 days. This is the first of three posts, featuring Spain.

Barcelona or Madrid?

Someone said that “Madrid is likable but Barcelona is to be loved.”

I personally love both cities. Barcelona’s architecture is spectacular. Who is not captivated by Gaudi’s madcap modernist buildings? Madrid, on the other hand, has three of Spain’s most famous art museums: The Prado, with its pre-20th century art; The Reina Sofia, with Picasso’s masterpiece Guernica, and; The Thyssen-Bornemisza, which is said to be one of the best private art collections in the world.

Barcelona, Spain

Madrid, Spain

One thing that struck me when leaving Madrid was a huge banner, draped on a building, that said “Refugees are welcome here”. It put a huge smile on my face because I believe everyone deserves a fighting chance in life. If it were not for my parents’ sacrifices, I wouldn’t be able to travel the world and do what I do now. They both weren’t coming from affluent families but they were determined to give their children a better life. So shout out to the parents and all the countries I’ve visited because they all took in refugees.

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