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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 May 15, 2019

    How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

    How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

    As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

    “Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

    When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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    Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

    We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

    But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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    So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

    It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

    1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

    Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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    2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

    This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

    You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

    3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

    This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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    4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

    How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

    So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

    If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

    And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

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