05 July 2013

Barcelona, Catalunya

I have been studying in Barcelona for a few weeks now. Of course, I absolutely love it. The two classes that I am taking are called "A literary walk through Barcelona" and "The coexistence of three cultures on the Iberian Peninsula: Islam, Judaism and Christianity". The courses have a lot of fun, and I am really glad that I was fortunate enough to come abroad again and study here.

Catalan is the main language spoken in the city; all of the metro stops, plaças, everything is written and spoken in Catalan. However, everyone (even if they do not want to admit it) speaks Spanish so that is a lot of fun. I have been on the other social media mostly during this trip, as I have used Vine, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to share my adventures in the second largest city in Spain.

Personally, Barcelona is great and all but I could not live here. I would prefer to come back and teach English in southern Spain. Below you can see some photos and some adventure notes. Also, I am going to Pamplona tomorrow night to go to the Running of the Bulls which is going to be very exciting. I am looking forward to it. A lot, actually so I will have a ton of photos there as well! (And maybe a video!)

You can see some of the adventures and such, it is ALL written in Spanish though, here at this blog that we are using for our trip: Barcelona Literaria 

I actually live just a few blocks away from La Sagrada Familia. I almost always get off at this stop of the metro and love to just sit on a bench and think in the shadows of the building.
 This is Parque Güell and it is at the top of a hill. It was a 30 minute walk to the area, which was quite an adventure of its own. Getting to know these other people in my class has been a lot of fun too. We are all studying at the University of Wyoming, and now at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Seeing Kitt (one of my really good friends from Granada) this summer was also a highlight of my trip. She is studying up here in Catalunya also!
 This is Plaça Catalunya (Plaza Cataluña) which is located at the top of Las Ramblas. Its the third largest in Spain. This photo was taken the night before Sant Joan (San Juan) which is a huge fiesta here in Barcelona. There were fireworks going off like crazy!

Pride in this city was a lot of fun! I have only been to one before this. Catalunya is very open minded and this Pride is well-planned and is internationally claimed to be "one of the best". I had a lot of fun, and met a lot of great people that weekend. I was not able to make it to the parade because we took an adventure to the Dali Museum.

 Of course one of the great things about Barcelona is that we have montañas, and we also have playa, all accessible at anytime that we want. Here are Kori and Kathryn burying me in the sand. (Photo is of Mary Goetz)

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