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Līgo Weekly 220w Challenge: Spain

This week's photo challenge over at Līgo is based on Spain. Here is the photo I chose as my inspiration:

Source: ramblas.hubpages.com via Andree on Pinterest

The plane began to rise over Barcelona and she felt tears stinging her eyes. El Prat De Llobregat Airport dwindled from her site; in less than a day she would be back in Los Angeles. Her plan had been a simple get-away, a trip of a lifetime, a chance to check off one distant place on her travel bucket list that included Bora Bora and the Arctic Circle. She’d hoped to bring back a romantic adventure, but other than a few raised eyebrows at the hotel bar there had been no takers. In a city of such local beauty, she felt her flaws magnify. The hot tears rolled steadily down her cheeks; the attendant in first class offered her a small box of tissues and some platitudes about flight safety. She resisted the urge to scream and instead focused her attention on the dwindling city below. Instead of a whirlwind love affair, she took back a passion for the place and vowed to return to it someday; she would brush up on her Spanish, change her look, and come back, more comfortable in her own skin. Perhaps on that day, Los Angeles would begin its descent into distant memory. 

And Now for Something Completely Different: Condiments.

Write Now! Prompt for January 23, 2013: Stanley Takes A Trip