When In Spain

BY Anum Bashir

The summer extravaganza continues. We headed to Spain after London for a little R&R, cultural overdose, and gastronomic experience (which kind of fell flat due to dietary restrictions). Friendly reminder: Waqas and I are celebrating 10 years together, and we couldn't have found a better place to do it. He was so pumped to discover Barcelona, and together we were really looking forward to finally visiting the revered Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, which has long been a bucket-list item of ours. San Sebastian was also on the itinerary. Regarded as amongst some of Europe's most beautiful beaches, we packed a picnic, a ton of sunscreen, and spent and entire afternoon by the turquoise colored waves, under the deep blue skies and cotton candy clouds. It was unreal. I'd go back in a heartbeat. What's so brilliant about each of the Spanish cities we visited is how different they all are - each one offering something unique to those visiting. Barcelona was all about culture, food (with delicious recommendations from friends, and architecture (with both of us collectively overdosing on all things Gaudi). Bilbao is an adorable town that's so picture perfect. We were only in town for the day to consume as much contemporary art as possible. Jenny Holzer had an incredible solo show on at the Guggenheim. Other artists in show were Richard Serra, Lucio Fontana, and Gerhard Richter. Of course the public installations surrounding the museums by artists like Jeff Koons, Louise Bourgeois, Anish Kapoor, and more. In chronicling my summer European style, I've also come to realize through my travels that my clothes and outfits have become a direct representation of my mood, happiness, and the sheer excitement when discovering new places. It's as if each building, street, art installation, and culinary experience push me to be a little more daring, unapologetic, and eclectic in my sartorial choices. The visual diary continues...

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