| September 9, 2015

While visiting Barcelona, Sequoia noticed this sticker on a pole in Gracia.  “Why,” she asked, “would they want tourists to go home?”

We discussed tourism, and the balance between not wanting your city overrun with tourists while wanting to enjoy the economical advantages of being a major tourist destination.

Tourists go home sticker

Two days later, we were visiting La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona’s unfinished cathedral.  As we descended one of its towers, Sequoia suddenly said, “I know why they want tourists to go home.” I looked up.


Graffiti inside the Sagrada Familia

She’s no dummy.


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Kari Martindale is a writer and ESL instructor. She’s visited all 50 states and 37 countries, including many of the big cities of Europe and a ton of Christmas Markets. She spends her days straddling the fence between a sense of adventure and a sense of dread. She is married to what is clearly a patient man and has a daughter who, frustratingly, is just like her. Her academic and professional backgrounds are in linguistics and foreign languages. When she's not teaching ESL, she's writing. When she's not writing, she's thinking about her next trip.

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