Stripes and Checks in Spain

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When met with schizophrenic weather such as the one I encountered in Barcelona, it’s almost imperative to mix up your outfit as well. Long sleeves for the cold, shorts for the warmth. And while we are at it, why not mix up the patterns as well? Stripes and Checkered? Check. (geddit? Heh)

I’ve previously wrote about the inexplicable aversion by guys to wear prints on prints, but I’m pretty sure this particular ensemble will find favour with more guys than the floral explosion currently sweeping the men’s summer fashion scene right now. After all, it’s clean lines for the stripes paired with a dark, muted checkered shorts. It’s the epitome of a safe ensemble.

Today’s outfit was shot in 2 tourist locations in Barcelona : Park Guell and La Sagrada Familia. Both tourist spots are wildly popular, so expect to be overwhelmed by a tsunami of tourists (read : PRCs and Koreans. They were somehow everywhere in Europe).

If you do choose to make a trip down to these attractions, my advice would be to buy your tickets online. The entry to these attractions are time-specific, so there is a possibility that you make a trip down at 12pm hoping to get in at 12, only to realise that the only available time-slots are at 5pm. That was what happened to us. #fools.

Whether or not I would recommend these two tourist attractions, I have mixed feelings. It’s like the Eiffel Tower in Paris. If I had a metal rod for every time someone tells me that the Eiffel Tower is overrated, I could probably build my very own Eiffel Tower. Yet it seems like a missed opportunity to witness something so iconic when you’re in Paris.

I feel the same way about Park Guell and La Sagrada Familia. The actual sights are pretty underwhelming, but you might kick yourself if you don’t at least give it a chance. Both attractions feature Barcelona’s pride, Antoni Gaudi, a name you will hear so often you can only describe the phenomenon as being name-dropped to death.

At the end of the day, you’ll have to make a choice of whether you want to know the city as is known by the tourists, or by the locals. If you choose not to jostle with the crowd at these tourist spots and walk the city and discovering local sights, you might find that there is a lot more to offer in Barcelona than Gaudy Gaudi.

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Striped Jumper from Uniqlo / Checkered Shorts from Far East Plaza / Messenger Bag from ASOS / Sneakers from New Balance / Aviators from RayBan

Photographed by @enigmaticdesires

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