Travel Tuesday: La Sagrada Família, Barcelona

The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família (aka La Sagrada Familia) is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926). I visited this church when I was in Barcelona in 2006, and was floored by something that could be so beautiful and ugly at the same time. If you ask me, I kind of think it looks like a mud castle!

La Sagrada Familia is one of Gaudí’s most famous works in Barcelona and has been under construction since 1882! Talk about slow movers! Gaudí became involved in the project in 1883, transforming it with his architectural and engineering style—combining Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms. He dedicated his last years to the project, and at the time of his death in 1926, less than a quarter of the project was complete. Sagrada Família’s construction progressed slowly, as it relied on private donations and was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War—only to resume intermittent progress in the 1950s. Construction passed the midpoint in 2010 with some of the project’s greatest challenges remaining and an anticipated completion date of 2026—the centennial of Gaudí’s death. The basílica has a long history of dividing the citizens of Barcelona—over the initial possibility it might compete with Barcelona’s cathedral, over Gaudí’s design itself, over the possibility that work after Gaudí’s death disregarded his design,  and the recent possibility that an underground tunnel of Spain’s high-speed train could disturb its stability. Although incomplete, the church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

How to: Dress for work when you’re sick

How to: Dress for work when you're sick

So, today’s post is inspired by the way I’m feeling. I’ve got a horrible cold and feel like crap, but of course it’s a crazy busy week at work and short of being in the hospital dying, I just can’t take a sick day. So despite wanting to wear sweatpants and veg all day in bed I had to get up and attempt to look half-way presentable. Being sick gives you enough to contend with in the looks department, so there’s no point dressing like you’re sick to top it off. It is possible to look professional and presentable while being comfortable at the office. The first thing to go for me? Heels, there is no way your are going to get me in heels when I’m feeling sick, so invest in a cute pair of flats that look good and feel even better. The next thing is to pick a comfy sweater. When I’m sick I have a hard enough time breathing, so a light, warm, slightly loose-fitting one is my top choice. If you can afford it go for a fabric like cashmere, which is lightweight but oh so cozy and warm, just what the doctor ordered! To finish the outfit off, throw on one or two pieces of jewelry to look like you put some effort in and voila! You are comfy, cozy and work presentable…at least until 5:00 when you run back home to your comfy sweats and blankets!