We are Barcelona
Birds replaced with helicopters,
Music drowned out by sirens,
Festival plans changed to marking myself safe.
Hate breeds hate,
Love breeds love,
Reaching for my map, I knew what needed to be done...
Drawing a red line from the top to the bottom of the Ramblas,
Following the pen along Passeig de Colom, and into Ciutadella Park.
Line by line,
Passeig de Gracia
Line by line,
You’re now complete.
The red pen is then replaced by bicycle tyres.
Breathing in and out,
Soaking into my memory.
For every flower I see,
Every candle I notice,
Every message I read,
I am no longer scared,
I no longer feel fear.
We are not afraid
We are Barcelona,
Your heart beats on.
#Totssombarcelona #TodosSomosBarcelona #wearebarcelona
Heart-Route: 19 Country: 7
I've been wanting to create a new heart-route in Barcelona since 2013. At the end of October, my heart finally spoke, in fact the day I finished making the video, events occurred which made me even more passionate about sharing it. I hope that Route 19 inspires you to create your own heart-shaped route, and spread the love around the world.
Watch the Video and Read the Full Story below
Follow Your Heart
Cycle your heart out... and share 1 minute
The World's Biggest Eye Contact Experiment took place on Saturday 29th October around the world, a beautiful annual event run by The Liberators & Good Vibrations Barcelona. The idea is simple, share 1 minutes eye contact with a total stranger to help regain human connection.
Do you ever notice how little we sometimes look into people's eyes? All our information seems to be at our fingertips. But can our smartphones smile back at us, or hold a gaze enough to lift our mood? I grew up quite shy, avoiding eye contact, which is why I went last year to the event. I was a bit nervous at having to stare into a stranger's eyes for 1 whole minute, but the more I did it, the more my confidence increased, convincing me to return again this year. The event was back again in Gracia, one of my favorite neighborhoods in Barcelona, the perfect place to cycle my heart out through!
If you live in Barcelona you can use their local bike hire scheme called Bicing. I love how much freedom it gives me, and has saved me from going crazy without a bike these last 2 months. If you’re visiting Barcelona there are plenty of good bike rental shops to choose from, the area Gracia is perfect to pick up your bike as it's along the heart-route!
On the morning of the event I was looking at my map of Barcelona and the route just jumped out at me, it was probably the fastest route I've ever made. I cycle frequently up Passeig de Gracia and Gran Via which I think helped in creating the design. These 2 streets are super wide and I love how bicycle friendly they are.
View Heart Route Map
I really love this new route, you get to cycle past all the hot spots of Barcelona, while still making use of the wide bicycle paths. Highlights include Passeig de Gracia, Casa Batlló, Casa Milà, Gracia, Placa Del Sol (where the event was) and the Sagrada Família. If you love the beach you can view my 1st Barcelona heart-route which I created back in 2013. This route was slightly larger in size and took full advantage of the beach path, click here to view the map and video.
I love eating in Gracia, one of my favourite spots to eat is Sol Soler in Placa del sol, the same place the Eye experient was in. I love their Patata Bravas and being able to sit and relax on the terrace.
Best lookout spot:
I discovered this rooftop at Royal Hotel with a friend last winter and instantly fell in love with its views. It's the perfect spot to sketch as the heaters keep you nice and warm, while the views of the sea keep you in a state of pure Barcelona bliss.
Thank you to Emma Bradford, one of the Co-organizers of Good Vibrations for taking the time to share her thoughts on the event in my video. Emma is also a NLP coach and runs an online Facebook community which offers free guidance and support, to find out more you can visit her website here.
I am also grateful to all the people I shared 1 minutes connection with at the event. I really admired one lady who told me she has trouble looking into people's eyes, which was why she came to the event. A big thanks also to my friend Guiu for sharing the event with me for the 2nd year in a row.
Music: The song in the video is called Pillow Talk by Guh, it's been part of my morning playlist for over a year now and still gives me goosebumps every time I play it.
Want to Create Your Own Route?
Cycling your heart out for something close to you can spread the love, & create a ripple effect of heart- routes all over the world. Last year I made this 5 step video guide, I hope it helps you on your journey!
Remember, "Your wheels are your paint, and the world is your canvas"
Cycle your hearts out and I'll speak to you soon,
My amazingly talented friend Nic decided she wanted to cycle her heart out for something very close to her heart. She also took the phrase "Follow your heart" to a whole new level 😉
Using my 5 step guide, I helped Nic Cycle her heart out in Barcelona & pursue her dream! Watch to find out what she did it for & see how we helped to spread the love at the TedX Dreams event!
Thank you so much for watching, I hope you enjoyed it & that it helped give you some inspiration in following your own heart.
If you fancy trying the route out for yourself check out my map below & the photo gallery!
I'm also running a competition at the moment, so if your feeling creative click here to ENTER 😜
Heart Route: An 8 mile bike lane heaven route! View route on Wikiloc by clicking on the map above
Bike Rental shop: Mondo Rent
Highlights: Crying with laughter watching Nic chase her balloon 😂 Ending the ride at the TedX event all about dreams. Relaxing ride past many of Barcelona’s main highlights, including Arc de Triomf, Barceloneta Beach and Gaudi's famous Sagrada Familia.
Video Music: Beautiful track with a great title "Light Heart" by Reydes, check them out on Soundcloud
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Cycle your heart out and I'll speak to you soon!
I hope you got to enjoy International Women’s Day as much as we all did!
On Sunday Mirian from Quiroyogasatori and our friends had lots of fun cycling our hearts out around Barcelona to help spread the love to women with a heart shaped cycle route. As it was International Women’s Day we thought it would be a great idea to surprise a few lucky women along the heart route with a little gift.
Find out what we did below & watch the video of the route from 2013!
Susana, Jenifer, Nuria, Mayka, Anna, Dorota and Rita! We found these 7 lovely ladies along the route at Bogatell beach, Rambla Poblenou, Glories, Sagrada Familia, Bourne & Barceloneta. Want to know how we managed to put a smile on their faces?
Mirian a masseuse and yoga teacher from Quiroyogasatori gave out free massage vouchers to the women, "I want to say thanks and be thankful to all the working women who are bringing happiness to others with a simple smile". As we found the women along the heart shaped journey, I thought it would be a lovely idea to give them my "Cycle Your Heart Out in Barcelona" art books full of my paintings from the route.
After creating the beautiful heart shaped route in 2013 it was a joy to cycle it again for such a good cause. The ride took us on a relaxing 8 mile journey past many of Barcelona’s main highlights, including Arc de Triomf, Barceloneta Beach and Gaudi's famous Sagrada Familia. The best part of the ride however was keeping a look out for women to surprise!
Follow our bicycle journey below and see what these ladies thought about cycling the heart route...
Thank you so much to Mirian, Patricia, Christina, Silvia, Vanessa, Gabi and the boys Petros, Justus, Callum & Oushka for spreading the love!
I hope you enjoyed reading this article, have you ever thought about cycling your heart out for something you're passionate about? If so I would LOVE to hear from you! Leave a comment below this blog post with the one Country you would LOVE to cycle your heart out in and why.
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So after one year of researching, filming and painting, my Barcelona video is now up! Check out the full photo gallery here and watch the video.
Have you found a heart shaped cycle route? Or maybe even tried this route out for yourself and made your own video? If so I would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment here.
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