Part two of Bilal’s adventure
For those that haven’t seen this photo series before, Europe after BREXIT was a name I gathered inspiration from whilst I was in Amsterdam. As soon as we left the train station, a bar had changed around the letters on it’s shop front to ‘F^CK BREXIT, as it clearly had some feelings towards the way in which Britain decided to vote leave. Europe after BREXIT is in no way a political statement from me. Personally, I respect the 17.5 million people who voted leave and can see why (apart from the immigration reasons) they wanted to leave the EU. However, Europe after BREXIT is about exploring the humanity, beauty and culture of Europe, that unites those within the EU together. A couple of my friends and I decided to inter-rail around Europe after the announcement that Britain would be leaving the EU, was simply because we wanted to experience Europe with ease. Perhaps in two years we would have had to apply for visas for each country, and in general it could have been a lot harder to travel around Europe than it was.
We started our interl-rail trip in Barcelona. The marbled floor throughout the city complemented the sandy beaches found along the coast. It was warm in both senses of the word and the residents were extemely welcoming. The view from the Park Guel was insane and the architecture is beautiful. As a photographer every inch of the city from the old town to the new is easy to document and their are many accessible tall buildings to see the city from a birds eye view. The nightlife is vibrant, and the main strip of clubs is right on the coast which means the beach is your smoking area.
Photography and words by Bilal Akouche