Routine is one of the hardest things for me. When whatever I am doing starts to feel like a routine and it feels like every day is the same, I start to feel tired and a bit sad. I start looking for a change, for excitement. Some kind of thrill. Anything to get me out of that mind numbing routine.
Although you could hardly call Barcelona a boring city, sometimes, when you are just working, the weeks seem to just slip by without you noticing. One weekend in November I could feel this nagging feeling of boredom and the routine was getting the better of me. We went for a walk on Montjuic, our special place in Barcelona to breath and relax our minds. It always helps, at least for a while, to make us feel better. And so it did on this beautiful sunny Sunday. We explored the botanical gardens, a place we hand’t been to yet since we had never seen it open before. On our way back home, when the sun was setting, we walked past the olympic swimming pool. A pool with the most stunning view you can imagine. This pool is only open to the public in the middle of summer for about two months and the entrance fee is quite dear to say the least. The big fences obstruct the views and only the seagulls get to enjoy the water during all those months that the pool is closed. Except on this day. Somehow, someone, had left the gate open on the side. Of course we rushed in to enjoy the view over the city as the sky turned soft shades of pink. As I looked at the water in the pool, still and shiny like a mirror, reflecting the pastel colours of the sky, I thought about the feeling of diving in and how nice it feels to be light as a feather with the soft water all around you. Then a Spanish couple took the plunge. They stripped off their clothes and jumped in.
Sometimes you need a little push to be convinced that something is a good idea and that’s exactly what they gave us. So we followed suit and quickly stripped down to our underwear, meanwhile watching out if no security was on their way. Then we jumped.
It was the best experience I had had in ages. Diving into forbidden water in a pastel world between dream and reality. The pink water engulfing me. The initial shock of cold and then just an amazing tingling feeling on your skin. That’s the feeling of being alive!