Travel bag

I traveled abroad recently to speak at a conference. My schedule was tight and the day after arrival, I was speaking. I had to sleep on the aircraft. (It took a sleeping pill to fall asleep many, many hours early…) It was a dream pillow. Other reviewers said it wasn’t a snug fit around the neck. That’s right. My neck is slightly larger than average, and it wasn’t smart. It was very easy, though. I had a good sleep. On the way back home, while watching a few movies, I chose not to sleep but still used it for comfort. Looking at the travelers around me who used the generic C-shaped pillow, they were constantly moving around their pillows and struggling with the awkward sleeping head bob. I didn’t have any of that. Great comfort and support. The mask of the ear is good too! I used the earplugs as well. Good purchase. Added bonus, the pillow in the carrying case is easily compressed and takes up far less space than expected.

Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

This cathedral is still under construction, both beautiful and inspiring. The old eastern facade depicts the story of the Nativity while the modern western fa├žade portrays Christ’s Passion. The interior is vivid and unlike most of the saint’s cathedrals, this one focuses on Christ and the Father. I was taken as an engineer with the display showing the small sandbags and gravity of Gaudi to describe the designs of the parabolic arch. Make sure you get tickets ahead of time.

In Barcelona we had a Gaudi tour and our last stop was La Sagrada Familia. We had to miss tickets for the line with connections to the roof. We walked through Take Walks and Almudena was our guide. Almudena was a great guide who knows the history of art and everything about Gaudi. She has been a wealth of knowledge and has made our tour so fun.
You take an elevator up one of the floors to reach the building and go back down. Barcelona’s views and the basilica’s exterior up close are amazing!
The Sagrada Familia is amazing! In every inch of the basilica, they are so much detail. Gaudi was a genius with an incredible vision of what he wanted to be in the basilica. It’s incredible to see his creations come alive and continue his vision. The basilica is great! It is scheduled for completion in 2026.
In Barcelona, it’s a must-see. Don’t miss this one!