Rioja... 5 car hours from Barcelona. A bit far for a weekend, but we did it! Laguardia and Haro for basque tapas and old-timey ambiance. Bike riding in the vineyards out the back of Villabuena de Alba.
I have made so many mistakes. It started our first night pouring sweetened “plain” yogurt all over a savory dinner dish. And it never stopped from there. I am used to it now. Even so, it was nice to be reminded that great people falter too. I love Frank Gehry’s Disney Center in Los Angeles. I enjoy the form of his building in the tiny village of Elciego, Rioja. But, his bungle was landing it in the scruffy, humble wine country. And swathing it in strutting gold, silver and...eek, bright purple. The excuse being that we should see flowing wine in the big dash of color. But that is a shade of purple that only a jug of kool-aid could love, no? So head-high with your own little bloopers, we all make them!
By Maia Pay Ozguc
Barcelona Impressions. Be curious. Be present. Be Barcelona!