I’ve been in Barcelona for 4 weeks now and although I haven’t seen or experienced all of Barcelona, I have gotten to do quite a bit. The things on this list make me so glad I chose Barcelona; I couldn’t imagine studying abroad anywhere else! These aren’t really in any particular order because there’s no way I would be able to decide which is my favorite! Read more
Posts from the ‘Barcelona’ Category
This first week in Barcelona has been such a whirlwind experience! I never knew that I could fall in love with a city so quickly. After 2 flights and a total of 18 hours travel time I made from Arizona to Barcelona last Sunday and all I can think about is that I’m already dreading going back home in July. After a few mishaps, including getting lost multiple times and showing up to the wrong meeting spot for orientation, I think I’m finally getting a hang of the city and an idea of where everything is. Really, the way I learned so quickly was just by wandering and getting lost. As long as you know where you live you can wander wherever and ask for directions as needed.
The first Spanish word I spoke on this trip was “lo siento”. “So this is how the trip will be going,” I thought, “Already saying sorry when I sat in the wrong seat on the plane. The plane ride gave me a lot of time to think about the coming year. Yes year. I think that is the part I still cannot get over, I’m going to be here for the whole academic year!!! Read more
“You’re no longer tourists, you’re students,” the ISA staff tell the group of anxious students upon arrival to our first ISA meeting. Something about having to pull out a giant map every time you take any form of transportation, attempt to explain to friends in your program where you think you live in relation to them, or before you step outside of your place without the slightest idea of where you’re going, tells me otherwise. BUT, it’s true. At least it will be… Read more
When you’re fortunate enough to come to a place like Barcelona, Spain for an extended amount of time, the possibilities seem endless. But, once you begin settling in, it can be tough to figure out how to navigate the city and where the hot spots are. After being here for nearly three weeks, I have been able to compile my own list of endeavors that constitute my very own Barcelona Bucket List. Read more
As some of you may know from my previous blog posts, I have been traveling around Europe for about three weeks. On the 21st of June, I boarded my shortest flight to my final destination: Barcelona, Spain. Read more
Nearly everyone who speaks in the English language has undeniably used or heard the phrase “YOLO“. For those of you that haven’t, it stands for “You only live once“. People often use it to justify doing something they might not under normal conditions. When you’re studying abroad, it becomes so easy to be overwhelmed by everything that you want to do and finding enough money to do it all. Read more
You’ve bought your tickets, called your bank, made your cell phone rental plans, and the wait is finally over. For the last couple months, studying abroad may be all you’ve been able to talk or think about. Now that you’re sitting at the airport, your fingers begin to tingle and you get a aching feeling in the back of your stomach. You’ve been so excited, but now you feel a waved mix of emotions, one of them being nervousness. You’ve prepared yourself in what seems like every possible way, but nothing quite prepares you for a life changing experience such as study abroad. Read more
It’s almost impossible to believe that I’ve been here for 2 months already! Picking Barcelona as the host city for my study abroad experience has definitely been one of the best decisions I have ever made. There are no words to describe the amount of fun and adventure that I have come across while living in this fascinating city! So what are the reasons my time studying abroad in Barcelona has been so amazing?