barcelona, spain: neighborhood finds
Barcelona feels like a second home to me because of my friend, Marta. I've been once to visit her before and I couldn't wait to come back!! As she was still in class upon my arrival, I was warmly greeted by her family who took me wandering the beautiful streets and stopping along the way to get the best chocolate, cappuccino (of course!) and dinner. The next day, since I had seen the more tourist sites my previous visit, Marta and I just walked seeing what we would stumble upon in the neighborhoods Born and Gracia (with coffee in mind :)). We had our eyes peeled for "best.world.ever" things but did not have to look far! Barcelona was the first city to be awarded biosphere certification meaning a sustainable tourism destination!! Its commitment to sustainability and responsible tourism is incredibly impressive.
I could hardly get my camera out enough to take photos of all the incredible initiatives in the community! It was so exciting!!! From retail stores to cafes to restaurants and everything in between, "eco, bio, coop, fair-trade, vegan, local" were reccurring themes everywhere. The prioritization of these values within each of the businesses left a true impression. Barcelona is a pioneer when it comes to sustainable travel as seen through its transportation, waste management, lodging, parks, energy, technology (Barcelona Turisme).
With best.world.ever, I have loved consciously looking for material to learn. I have always been interested in this space but taking pictures, drawing and writing notes of inspiration has made me even more aware and has been very eye-opening. In instances such as Barcelona, I am truly wowed at how much is out there! Also, traveling through many countries enables me to see the differences in where each country is with sustainability. No matter where on the spectrum, work in countries like Barcelona can be used as inspiration for social impact!
Just a few of the many examples: 1- Humana (second-hand shop), 2- grains shop (vegan, local), 3- boutique shop with purpose-driven values, 4- food co-op