Ellie, Franzi, Barcelona!
Last year I went to visit my lovely friend Franziska. We met whilst I was interning at the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus on my year abroad. Since then, we've exchanged many handwritten letters, parcels, Facebook messages begging for translation help and I've tried to get over to see her as much as possible. When she invited me to Barcelona where she was completing an Erasmus semester at the Theatre Institute, I knew I had to make it happen. Barcelona is one of my favourite cities and it was delicious to have five days of wandering around, speaking German, drinking vermouth and watching plays in Catalan.
I'm also really interested in the female form at the moment, especially nudity. My friends always joke about my 'reclaiming nudity' cause but I really do love taking photographs of sculpture and painting that alters how I view the body, especially my own body. Anyway, that explains the sculpture photographs.
I also developed a vermouth habit. OH MY GOODNESS. That stuff is so good and at €2.50 a glass, a complete bargain. We practically lived off tapas, vermouth and cortados: the dream. I love putting the world to right with Franzi, we can talk about everything: theatre, relationships, art, politics, memories. I cherish those moments where we look over a city, digging our fingers into pots of olives or when I watch her direct a group of actors in flawless Spanish or when we attempt to get a photo of us together and it always comes out blurry. Shauna Niequist writes in her Cold Tangerines about investing in friendship with our finances and our time. She says saving money for a flight to see a good friend is one of the best financial investments we can make. I couldn't agree more. Good friends, life-long, committed friendships are hard to find and it's so important to put the effort in to see the people you love. It makes you feel alive and will restore you in ways that you can't even begin to imagine.