Writing Retreat in Barcelona (August 2016)

Soul-Searching and Sangria

In order to become a good writer, you have to open up your heart, your soul and empty your mind. Completely. An emotional cleanse was exactly what I needed in order to gain the confidence and motivation to write better, deeper, stronger. The best detox I’ve ever had!

What many people don’t know is that I’m actually quite an introvert. I’m nervous around people I don’t know. Yet I always have something to say. Wednesday afternoon in the hotel lobby was one of those moments. I was the youngest one at the retreat. Would the others take me seriously? Was I the least experienced writer? A few glasses of wine later, and I already had the answer to those questions; We were all there to learn and grow and have a good time. Nothing else mattered.

We all poured our hearts out, wrote beautiful pieces, and created wonderful memories together. I signed up for the retreat because I wanted to become a better writer. I didn’t have any expectations besides that. Now, five days later, I’m left with precious memories and an open mind. We went to a fabulous flamenco show (I’ll write a separate post about it). We saw the incredible Sagrada Familia church and the unique and colorful pique assiette mosaic in Parc Güell. We’ve tried different tapas and socialized with people from all over the world. We didn’t want to leave Barcelona without going to the beach. So we went. At 11:30 pm. We took a late night stroll down the beach, put our feet in the water, and had a good laugh, as mother nature decided to let the waves give (some of) us a good night kiss.

Spiritual cleanse complete. Now it’s time to give my liver a cleanse too, as I’m pretty sure we all consumed more sangria than water!