Trip Log: Spain + the Canary Islands

This year has been particularly wet, dark and grueling for us in the Pacific Northwest. So when my friend, Cori, said she was going to be in Barcelona for work, I jumped at the opportunity for an international trip! Our goal was to spend a week surfing and relaxing on a warm beach. We ended up choosing the Lazarote, an island of the Canary Islands. 

Before meeting up with Cori on Lanzarote, I decided to spend three days in Barcelona solo, exploring the city and seeing the museums. Basically took myself on a  3-day art date through Barcelona to see the Fundacion de Juan Miro, the Contemporary Art Museum, and Sagrada Familia. I packed my overalls as to best stuff myself with tapas and red wine. 

MACBA: Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona 

MACBA: Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona 

MACBA—enjoyed walking around this building even more than the art

MACBA—enjoyed walking around this building even more than the art

Can Paixano (La Xampanyeria)

Can Paixano (La Xampanyeria)

Sagrada Familia
The ceiling at Sagrada Familia

The ceiling at Sagrada Familia

After three days of roaming the streets and museums of Barcelona I was pretty exhausted and ready to head to the islands. I jumped on a plane and took a 3-hour flight to Lanzarote—an island of the Canaries, located off the coast of Morocco. 

Lanzarote, similar to islands in Hawaii, is a volcanic island. Just 300 years ago, a series of volcanic eruptions lasted for 6 years, dramatically changing the island. Even though that seems like a long time ago, I imagine it takes a long time for an environment to blossom from molten rock and fire. At first glance, the island looks like a desert. But the longer you spend on the island, you start to notice all the different sorts of vegetation braving the intense wind and sun. Everything was very low to the ground—even the palm trees were short and squat. You can tell the island endures a lot of wind throughout the year. 

The 60's bungalow beach house of my dreams 

The 60's bungalow beach house of my dreams 

Coral rocks on the beach
Taking off on a (tiny) wave

Taking off on a (tiny) wave

Our surf house accomodations

Our surf house accomodations

Low clouds rolling off the top of the ridge at the beach we surfed at everyday

Low clouds rolling off the top of the ridge at the beach we surfed at everyday

Caleta de Famara

Caleta de Famara

Timanfaya National Park

Timanfaya National Park

Walking inside the crater of Volcan del Cuervo

Walking inside the crater of Volcan del Cuervo

I've been getting in the habit of making short videos of trips. They are so much fun to look back on. Moving pictures transport you back to that moment and place so much more vividly than a photo. So here's a little thing I made of this trip :)