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Barcelona in Carbondale

Out There
Stina Sieg
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Last weekend, I wanted to travel something fierce. I wasn’t thinking about my normal Grand Junction or Moab trip, though. I wanted Paris or St. Petersburg or Dublin.

So I settled on Barcelona.

In my current reality, that meant taking the bus to Carbondale for a showing of that new Woody Allen flick, “Vicky Christina Barcelona.”



For some reason, as soon as I arrived in Bonedale everything felt foreign. And wonderfully so. Darkness had just fallen, and the lit up shops and restaurants looked quaint and slightly unrecognizable. In the theater, I didn’t know a soul, but they all seemed to know each other. The place was packed, and I enjoyed listening to this community of chatting, laughing strangers.

During the film, I got drunk off the Spanish cityscapes. I laughed at the funny parts, gasped at the downright sexy ones. The plot was filled with titillating themes that don’t really apply to me ” insane romances, lesbian encounters ” but the manner in which they were treated was so down-to-earth that they looked just as enticing as they did everyday. Nothing in me really changed, but seeing something so freeing left me surging with possibility.



Somehow, as I left the theater, I felt like I was on an adventure. Anything could happen.

I went and ate a pricey, tasty dinner at Phat Thai. I didn’t order any drinks, but had my first creme brûlee. I had a nice chat with my waitress and left a generous tip and walked out into the brisk air. I smiled and waved at a guy I’d felt awkward around for months, and I didn’t even feel embarrassed as I stumbled through a conversation with him.

As I ambled back to my bus stop, I didn’t try to take stock of all that had happened. I was just blazing with excitement. Something powerful had wrenched loose in me, in my weekend routine.

I guess, in this week’s column, I have no advice or arty recommendations. I’m just tenderly happy. It’s lovely to feel that magical, foreign places really do exist ” even if they’re only a frame of mind.

I definitely needed a reminder.


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