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Barcelona vs Sydney—Which City Is Your Winner?

Barcelona vs Sydney—Which City Is Your Winner?

Going on holiday in a new city can be a very bewildering experience if you haven’t done your homework beforehand. If you’re the kind of laid-back person who looks up how to get from the airport to your hotel only whilst going through Arrivals, we’ve got a simple solution to help you build a more precise plan of where to go and what to do from the minute you arrive.

European holiday apartment experts Waytostay have created a fabulous infographic, detailing the delights awaiting you in two of the world’s finest holiday destinations: Barcelona and Sydney. Dramatic, energetic and proud cities both—each with a rich cultural past and a very exciting future—they offer unique yet delightful holiday experiences.

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While monumental architecture is a common trait that both cities share, that’s where the aesthetic similarities end. While much of Barcelona’s shoreline may have modernism, the majority of the city center, the ‘Eixample’, remains in its classical 19th and 20th century pattern, with the famed Gothic quarter retaining many medieval buildings and streets. The city is home to an incredible range of world heritage sites, including much of the most noted work of Antoni Gaudi, heralded architect and one of the city’s favorite sons. His opulent yet unfinished cathedral is world famous, but don’t miss the remarkable Casa Batllo—a riot of Mediterranean color, inspired by many varied schools of design.

Sydney does things differently. A far younger city, albeit Australia’s oldest, its dramatic waterside skyline is iconic around the globe; not only for its dramatic scale and shape, but for its noted role in being one of the first capital cities to celebrate each New Year with spectacular fireworks! The Opera House, despite being just 42 years old, has become utterly synonymous not only with the city, but the whole of Australia. Of course, these towering structures overlook Sydney’s most truly unique feature—the harbor itself. Port Jackson, as it is officially known, was discovered by James Cook in 1770 and is the largest natural harbor in the world – the perfect destination for a wide variety of water sports and an incredible opportunity to explore its many hidden coves and beautiful beaches.

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If you’re a sports fan, Barcelona and Sydney have remarkable global pedigrees. Both have hosted the Olympic Games—Barcelona in 1992 and Sydney in 2000—and retain many of their totemic Olympic facilities, including their impressive stadiums. Arguably even more iconic, take a visit to Barcelona’s Camp Nou—home to one of the world’s most successful football teams and a huge draw for visitors from across the globe. If you’re keen to experience something a bit more local, try a spot of ‘Aussie Rules’ football—the Sydney Swans have a long and proud history in the game, and challenged for the title once more in 2014.

Today, both cities welcome millions of tourists every year. Barcelona remains one of Europe’s most popular and densely populated cities, lending it that authentic Catalan vibrancy and atmosphere so evident in its winding medieval lanes, bustling cafés and fantastic Spanish food and drinks. Or check out Sydney’s best gourmet eateries. But if you’re looking for some peace and quiet, never fear. Both cities have incredible park spaces and easy access to surrounding countryside; cruise up the Parramatta River from the centre of Sydney, or visit Barcelona’s hilltop parks at Tibidabo or Montjuic. Wherever you choose, there’s plenty of peace to be found and nature to discover. From the bar to the beach, from the wildlife to the nightlife —explore below to find out more about these incredible cities. So the only question left is: what city is your winner?

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From the bar to the beach, from the wildlife to the nightlife, explore below to find out more about these incredible cities.

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Barcelona vs Sydney

    Featured photo credit: Moyan Breen via flickr.com

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    Last Updated on September 20, 2018

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

    If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

    1. Breathe

    The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

    • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
    • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
    • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

    Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

    2. Loosen up

    After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

    Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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    3. Chew slowly

    Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

    Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

    Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

    4. Let go

    Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

    The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

    It’s not. Promise.

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    Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

    Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

    21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

    5. Enjoy the journey

    Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

    Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

    6. Look at the big picture

    The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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    Will this matter to me…

    • Next week?
    • Next month?
    • Next year?
    • In 10 years?

    Hint: No, it won’t.

    I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

    Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

    7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

    You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

    Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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    8. Practice patience every day

    Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

    • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
    • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
    • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

    Final thoughts

    Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

    Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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