Lose Yourself in Salvador Dalí’s Spain

Dalī is famous for his surrealist masterpieces, and Spain is where it all began.

You might know Salvador Dalí for his famous melting clocks, but did you ever wonder which landscape inspired the molten beaches and waxy cliffs of The Persistence of Memory?

That honor is reserved for the shores of Catalonia, a province in northern Spain.

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Dalí was born and raised in the Catalan town of Figueres, and though he lived in Barcelona, he always came back to his homeland's rolling hills and sparkling beaches. Today, traces of Dalí's life, work, and love affairs are scattered across the nation. If you're a fan of dreamscapes, psychedelics, art history, beautiful landscapes, and/or stymied queer love affairs, there's plenty to be found on the Dalí trail.

Figueres: The Salvador Dalí Theatre-Museum

Dalí was born and died in this small town, making it a must-see for Dalí aficionados. You'll find Dalí-themed cafes and shops along the central promenade, and the town's Museum of Toys features a wing filled with artifacts from the artist's childhood.

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The town's central attraction is the Salvador Dalí Theatre-Museum, which contains the largest collection of Dalí's works anywhere in the world. Designed like a maze, and filled with works that range from the sublime to the sexual and sordid, it's an unmissable experience and a popular day trip from Barcelona.

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Among its many attractions: the Dalí Jewels exhibit, the Mae West room, and many, many eggs.

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Portlligat, Cadaqués: The Other Salvador Dalí Museum

Dalí spent much of the latter half of his life at an oceanside mansion in the town of Cadaqués, living with his wife Gala and creating some of his most mind-bending works of art from within its white walls. Much of the house is now open to the public, as part of the Salvador Dalí Museum.

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Cadaqués—which the poet Federico García Lorca described as a place "at the fulcrum of water and hill" where "wooden flutes pacify the air...and fishermen sleep dreamless on the sand"—is more than worth the day trip from Barcelona. The beautiful seaside, combined with the lopsided eeriness of Dalí's many egg sculptures and other weird creations, make for an experience that feels like falling into a dream.

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Make sure you reserve tickets for the museum in advance, because nothing will jolt you awake faster than finding out that the museum has sold out, then having to scale the cliff and hop a fence to get in the back way (not that we advise doing that, but it's worth it).

Puból Castle

This Gothic-Renaissance castle was created in medieval times, but Dalí repurposed it and made it into a home for his beloved wife, Gala. Intended to be Gala's "refuge" from the world, Dalí's architectural love letter to his wife was quickly filled with the artist's signature long-legged elephants and Richard Wagner busts.

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When Gala died in 1982, her body was buried in the cellar, and her grave can still be seen there today (though Dalí's tomb is located at the Theatre-Museum back in Figueres). Today, the castle is open to the public, and it features much of Dalí's lesser-known art, as well as Gala's collection of Haute Couture dresses, among many wonders and oddities. It's a strange jewel in the midst of a sleepy village that seems as lost in time as any of Dalí's creations.

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Barcelona

Barcelona is marked by many footprints from Dalí's time wandering its cobblestone streets. You can visit the Marsella Bar, where Dalí used to drink absinthe (along with Picasso and Hemingway, at different times); check out the Dalmau Art Gallery, where Dalí's first show took place; and explore the works of Antonio Gaudi, whose droopy architectural stylings heavily influenced Dalí's own work.

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Madrid

Dalí was educated at (and eventually kicked out of) Madrid's San Fernando Academy of the Arts in Madrid. Today, Madrid's Museo D'Arte contains hundreds of Dalí's artworks, as well as many other jewels of art history, and the city is full of tributes to the artist, including the Plaza de Salvador Dalí.

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Madrid is also the city where, while still in art school, Dalí met the poet Federico García Lorca—who fell in love with the painter. If you're a sucker for a tragic queer love story, then the Lorca-Dalí affair may just send you chasing after their intertwined ghost stories. Lorca and Dalí were friends and possibly lovers, who communicated through letters until Lorca's death by firing squad in 1982 (a horrible year for Dalí, no doubt). In one letter, Dalí wrote to Lorca, "You will recall that you are an inventor of marvelous things and we will live together with a portrait machine..." Of course, Lorca wrote extensively about Dalí, and his poem "Ode to Salvador Dalí" is a heartbreaking adage about death and immortality achieved through art.

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Before you go, watch the film Little Ashes, which goes into detail about Lorca and Dalí's fraught relationship. If you happen to fall for Lorca's work along the way, the poet's summer house near Granada is an excellent addition to any trip.

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Dalí's art has warped countless perspectives, and seeing the place that inspired his work and shaped his worldview provides a window into some of his most enigmatic ideas. Be warned: Following in Dalí's footsteps may send you into an Alice in Wonderland of sorts. It might lead you to a checkerboard-themed seaside graveyard outside of Cadaqués, or strand you in a mysterious beach outside Granada, or send you on all-night buses that stall in the countryside. At the very least, it'll probably leave you with melting clocks ticking through your dreams.

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For many people, traveling is an amazing experience, but traveling is not always feasible because of responsibilities to work.

One way to get around this roadblock is to get a job that will let you travel and see the world. Here are some of the best jobs for people who love to travel.

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Translator

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A pilot fits the definition of a job that gets to travel perfectly. Now, whether you are a private pilot or a commercial pilot, you will still get to fly all over the planet. The only major problem with this job is the requirement of flight classes. But once you get your license, you can fly freely around the world while making yourself money to fund your trips.

Travel blogger

Being a travel blogger is a temperamental job but, if done correctly, it will allow you to visit anywhere you want. Writing to fans as you travel the world can be a fun and exciting way to engage with the planet. This job can be difficult to do, though, as you must be able to write consistently and capture your audience with each post.

English teacher

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When it comes to the best jobs for people who love to travel, these are just a few of our suggestions. There are plenty of jobs where you can travel around the world, but these ones are far-reaching and cover a lot of different lifestyles. They might seem like pipe dreams, but hey, you never know!

Seattle, Washington is a rainy, coffee-fueled, coastal town often referred to as the "Emerald City."

Located against the ecological wonderland of Puget Sound, this cosmopolitan, seaside city is a mishmash of arts, culture, history, nature, and, of course, cloudy weather. Thanks to its proximity to nature, its greenery, and its culturally rich, big-city atmosphere, the city is becoming increasingly popular, both for tourists and those looking for a change of scenery.

The Big Stops: Tourist Seattle

If you only have a few days to visit Seattle, you'll probably want to check out the area's most famous attractions.

For nature lovers and summit-chasers, there's the imposing, wildflower-shrouded Mt. Rainier.

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Mt. Rainier

For foodies, there's the popular Pike Place Market, a giant patchwork of food-sellers and friendly chaos where you can purchase everything from giant crabs' legs to bottomless amounts of coffee (more on that later).

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And finally, there's the iconic Space Needle and the Sky View Observatory, which will give you extraordinary views of the city.

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Seattle Arts and Museums

For arts and culture lovers, Seattle has plenty to cut your teeth on. Don't miss the Chihuly Garden and Glass, a collection of extraordinary blown-glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly.

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Chihuly Gardens

For art, there's the giant Seattle Art Museum Downtown. Seattle also offers the Museum of Pop Culture, a nonprofit that features all your favorite icons from history, and plenty of other options.

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For some history, there's the Klondike Gold Rush Museum, which commemorates Seattle's history as a gold rush hub.

There are plenty of quirky attractions—like the giant Fremont Troll, the 18-foot sculpture in the Fremont neighborhood that cuts an imposing figure.

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You could also take in the city from a boat—marine enthusiasts might enjoy visiting to the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks to explore the history of this port city.

Seattle, of course, also has a gritty underground side—you may know the city from its time at the heart of the '90s grunge movement.

It also has a long, storied history that has left more than a few scars. You can literally see its underground through one of its underground tours, which will take you on a walk through the "buried city," the remnants left over from before the Great Fire of 1889.

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Seattle is notorious for its natural wonders. For a close-up view, there's the Seattle Aquarium, a marine experience that showcases the best of what Puget Sound has to offer.

For more exposure to the beauty of Seattle's nature, try the Washington Park Arboretum, a 230-acre showcase of Seattle's wetlands and natural wonders.

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You might also pay a visit to the Alki Beach for some time with the ocean waves.

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Food and Drink

Food tours are also popular options for those who want to get more intimate with the city's cuisine, and Seattle is often ranked as one of the best cities for foodies.

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Moving to Seattle

If you're planning on moving to Seattle, locals say there's a few things you should know. First off, it is most definitely overcast the majority of the time, though the rain is rather like a mist. That makes the rare sunny day shine even more, though, locals say, in addition to fostering natural abundance.

The city is generally very congested with traffic, which can be noisy, though it offers great public transportation options, from buses to rail—regardless, you'll want to get an Orca Card for that.

Like every city, Seattle has a number of diverse and charismatic neighborhoods. For example, there's the beachy, more laid-back West Seattle.

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There's the vibrant Capitol Hill, a hub of arts, culture, tech bros, and nightlife (during non-COVID times).

There's the historic and artsy Pioneer Square, featuring plenty of museums, shops, galleries, and pubs.

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Fremont is a more bohemian area. Belltown is a trendy waterfront neighborhood that's close to everything.

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Weed World Candies Exist to Prey on Gullible Tourists

Weed is still illegal in New York, but scamming tourists is not.

You wouldn't know it walking around midtown Manhattan, but marijuana is still illegal in New York.

It does seem strange to think that perhaps the most metropolitan city in the US would be lagging behind so many other parts of the country that have legalized possession, production, and sale of cannabis and THC products, but it's true.

New York's decriminalization of marijuana has led many smokers to be more brazen with their public consumption in recent years, and Governor Cuomo recently announced plans for limited legalization for recreational use at the state level. But for the time being the sale of products containing THC is still very much illegal.

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Adding to the confusion is a company that has sprung up to prey on tourist's uncertainty. Weed World trucks have multiplied at a staggering rate since they first started appearing in Midtown and the Village a few years ago. Easily a dozen RVs and vans now line the tourist-dense streets of Manhattan, advertising Girl Scout Cookies and Gorilla Glue, clad in marijuana-leaf decals and occupied by employees who are paid either to be stoned out of their minds, or just to pretend they are.

With eyes nearly in slits and an air of relaxation that suggests that customers are temporary interludes from a permanent nap, they will promise you as much as they can get away with while letting their branding do most of the work. They will sell you four lollipops for $20, which would seem like a great deal if not for the fact that they will not deliver on the strong implication that they'll get you high.

They have a Twitter account where they celebrate the supposed availability of weed and claim to "have New York locked down." They'll even sell you vape cartridges that advise you to "get medicated," and which are packed with potent doses of… flavor?

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An employee once assured me that their candies do contain THC—maybe they wouldn't be so brazenly dishonest today—and in a drunken state I coughed up $5 to test that claim. There is a faint weedy taste to their candies, and you may find trace amounts of CBD inside, but that's it. It's a scam. There is no THC. Nothing that will give their customers the experience they're selling.

Worse than the trucks is the Weed World Candies storefront that opened in midtown in 2019. Just walking past you would swear that people were passing a massive blunt inside.

The smell is unmistakable and overpowering, except that it's fake. Whatever chemical fragrance they pumped onto the street, it was not connected to anyone smoking weed. Inside, the psychedelic wall art complemented shelves lined with suggestive candies and boxes emblazoned with pot leaf insignia.

Whatever the venue, they are all too happy to sell you overpriced hemp products and CBD creams and chocolates made to look like nugs. And if you're a tourist, or a moron like me, you might believe the scam long enough to give them money, but nothing they sell will get you high.

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The owners of Weed World, Judah Izrael and Bilal Muhammad—who prefers to go by "Dro Man" or "Doctor Dro"—will defend their products by claiming that they serve to promote legalization and decriminalization efforts by normalizing the idea of public sale of marijuana. But at no point in the purchasing process is the illusion that their candies will get you high broken. At no point are their customers offered literature explaining the mission of Weed World.

On their website's FAQs page, there is no mention of THC or its absence from their products, but the first question, "How much should I eat?" is answered, "It's all based on your tolerance but there's no limit." Tolerance for what? Sugar? The company—which originated in Alabama and has spread to cities around the country—mostly seems like a very profitable way to sell candy to gullible adults.

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The best thing I can say in their defense is that one of their trucks was recently busted by police in Saraland, Alabama, with products that "tested positive for marijuana." Assuming this isn't a screw up or deliberate frame-job by the police, it's possible that some of the Weed World trucks are using their faux activism as a front for selling actual drugs. If so, that would be the most honest thing about this company. Until that's confirmed, ignore these trucks and maybe just ask a friend for a hookup.