Sometimes there is a clear path we march along, our heads held high, our goal in sight. But more often we are led down the abstract way where the twists and turns are so jagged that we can't see our way forward. We keep moving along because we have no choice…that is what life asks of us.

As we take each step our journey is fueled by the hope that the answers we seek are up ahead…just around the bend of the abstract way.

Chapter 48-Barcelona, La Sagrada LaFamilia

As the cab pulls up to the unconventional and spectacular cathedral, I am struck by the enormity of the project Gaudi devoted the last part of his life to. The masterpiece embodies the essence of Gaudi's style which has been described as Art Nouveau gone wild.
We wander around the outside first, and Edward takes lots of pictures. The structure is a bizarre wonder comprised of a collection of towers with every surface covered with unusual stone carvings. The overall effect is something fantastical and much more organic than your typical cathedral. A deeply religious man, Gaudi was greatly influenced by nature, and he worked plenty of organic symbolism into the design.