putting the ‘study’ in study abroad.

 

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Hi all!

I’ve been in Barcelona for about 5 days and I start class tomorrow morning! Im weirdly excited to kinda of get a little bit of a routine going to make life seem a little bit normal here. Since its just a 7 week program we only have total of 22 days of class (!!!) so it will go by really fast. I’m only taking two classes while I’m here and they are Spanish culture and civilization and Spanish art and heritage. Im really excited to learn more about Barcelona and Spain as a whole in these classes. In my art and heritage class we get to go to a new museum about once a week which is totally ok with me!

Earlier today we went on a guided tour of what they call the ‘gothic quarter’ in the city. Its the oldest part of the city that holds a lot of history and stories of how Barcelona came to be! I’m not normally a big history buff but the information from this tour was actually really fascinating. some of the buildings’ foundation are from the roman era and are still in really good condition. I found out that there can only be on cathedral per city, Barcelona’s is in this gothic quarter, and the rest are just considered basilicas

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This one ^ is the Santa Maria del mar basilica and this picture doesn’t even come close to doing it justice. It one of the most beautiful building I’ve ever seen.

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(this is Brunch & Cake and it was hands down the best brunch I’ve had anywhere! and i eat a lot of brunch, ha!)

I’ve also been spending a lot of my time trying to find foods I like here. I always seem to order the wrong thing! but I’m getting the hang of it now and have been able to have some really amazing food here so far.

My host mom, Maria made me, my roommate, and two friends that were staying with us some homemade authentic Paella! this was a veggie and sausage kind, but the original has lots of sea food in it. it was really good!

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(me, our friend Chelsea, my host mom Maria, and my roommate Kylie)

Life in a new country is very confusing and frustrating at times but I’m getting used to it and adjusting to my surroundings. The biggest things I’ve learned so far are that:

1. I have no sense of direction whatsoever

2. I will never take iced drinks and air conditioning for granted again

3. you have to take everything day-by-day

4. making your own little community is key when you’re in a new country by yourself and homesick!

I can’t wait to share my weekend trip to Costa Brava with ya’ll and all the plans I have coming up!

XO, Liv