FC Barça

Alright I’m going to be completely honest and say that I didn’t know Barcelona’s fútbol team was called the Barça when I applied to the program. During my entrance interview with our program director, she threw “Barça” into the conversation and I nodded and smiled and made a mental note about Googling it as soon as I left the room. Once I arrived in Barcelona, however, there was absolutely no doubt in my mind what the Barça was…

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Girona y Besalú

Everyone knows that studying abroad is extremely expensive, but a lot of times those program fees go towards some great experiences. This past Saturday, our group had the opportunity to go on a day trip to two medieval towns in Catalunya: We visited Girona and Besalú and everything was included (in our program costs).

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Not-so hidden gems

Whenever I think I’m getting a solid grasp on Barcelona, I decide to find a new place or take a different route to get somewhere: These things are sure to put me back in my place. Barcelona is a large European city. And, like most cities whose beginnings occurred thousands of years ago, it is extremely difficult to navigate.

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Taking the leap

Language barriers are not the only struggle students who are studying abroad must face. Cultural differences are also a very real challenge, which I had not taken as seriously prior to my living in Spain. I had always heard that the Spanish eat dinner later and live a more relaxed lifestyle, but I did not expect this cultural aspect to affect so many parts of daily life.

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Excursion #1 ‘Mind the Gap’

So, we’ve been in Barcelona for approximately two weeks and what do we decide to do? Travel! None of us would have opted to spend a full semester abroad if we hadn’t been bitten by the wanderlust bug, so, naturally, about half of our 12-person group traveled to Lisbon, Portugal and the other half (including myself) flew to London this past weekend.

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