SOLC 19 of 31: Barcelona’s Square

Stopped at a light moving through the city, I gaze out of the tour bus window watching the people move through the square.

I see four twenty-somethings (one girl and three boys) standing about 10 feet away from one another in a square formation and tossing a basketball sized ball to each other quickly. I try to figure out if I know the game they are playing. I’m thinking something like four-square or zoom-schwarz-pfiglianio, but I’m not sure.

I see an elderly man dressed in a dark blazer and grey pants walking alone. Where is he off to? Is he coming home from work? Is he a widow? Is he lonely? Is he bothered by all of the tourism taking over the square?

I see an old woman pushing an old man in a wheelchair – they are at the market. I imagine that this is their daily routine.  Just by the way she pushes his chair and interacts so softly with him, you can see the love between them.

I see a young woman standing with her back to a fountain and holding out a phone in front of her. She appears to be talking to someone. Is she face-timing? Making a video? Recording a memory? Is she waiting for someone?

The bus moves through the traffic and I am left wondering about the stories that live in this Barcelona town square.


  1. mrssurridge said,

    March 19, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    I love this idea. You told a complete story with only your observations. The questions you included upped the drama. Very nice.

  2. March 19, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    What a delightful little slice! This could be the starting place for a writing assignment – what do you wonder when you look around?

  3. March 20, 2016 at 12:59 am

    It’s fascinating to people watch in any place. But in a different city and from a different vantage point… that’s precious.

  4. caroline524 said,

    March 20, 2016 at 2:18 am

    It’s amazing what you can notice in the short amount of time it takes for a light to change. Each one of those noticings could be the beginning of individual pieces.

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