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Space bags will be your best friend when traveling! But, don’t make the same mistake I did! Remember to leave plenty of room and weight in your suitcase for souvenirs when you come back! You’ll be tempted to buy everything you need before you leave but it helps to buy some stuff abroad because once you’re there you’ll know exactly what you actually need.

Space bags will be your best friend when traveling! But, don’t make the same mistake I did! Remember to leave plenty of room and weight in your suitcase for souvenirs when you come back! You’ll be tempted to buy everything you need before you leave but it helps to buy some stuff abroad because once you’re there you’ll know exactly what you actually need.

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bowtonaruto asked: hi, im loving your blog. its cool to see someone studying abroad. What are some tips you can recommend for studying abroad in general? Especially if its your first time

First steps I’d take if you are interested in studying abroad are determining what you want to study and for how long. Then from there you can find a destination to study and a program to go with. There are tons of programs so that can get intimidating but don’t be overwhelmed! The site goabroad.com is an awesome database for study abroad programs. Also, if you want to find out more info about your options, talking to your study abroad advisor at school is very helpful! I also can help you out at any stage of your process! Studying abroad will definitely be one of the best decisions of your life!!

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Anonymous asked: What are the men like? Attractive? Forward? Im going in the winter and I really want to have fun, if you know what I mean, but I'm a little weary...

European men are known to be so glamorous from movies but definitely be weary. Those accents can getcha, and they know it! They are in general much more forward and some can be pretty determined so be careful. Never go anywhere at night alone because you will be in an unfamiliar environment and probably not fluent in the language. This can be common sense or I may sound like your mom but definitely always watch your drink wherever you are and don’t put yourself in a situation you can’t easily get out of (stranger’s place, car, etc.). Of course there are good and bad people anywhere so use your best judgement and never let your guard down.

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This is the wristlet I used all the time when I went out at night or even during the day when I didn’t want to bring much. This Michael Kors wristlet was a present from my wonderful boyfriend before I left :). Something like this is perfect to keep your important things close to you and avoid being pick pocketed. Although my iphone isn’t in the picture it also fits with all the stuff pictured (i was using it to take the picture haha).

This is the wristlet I used all the time when I went out at night or even during the day when I didn’t want to bring much. This Michael Kors wristlet was a present from my wonderful boyfriend before I left :). Something like this is perfect to keep your important things close to you and avoid being pick pocketed. Although my iphone isn’t in the picture it also fits with all the stuff pictured (i was using it to take the picture haha).

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Anonymous asked: Have you been to any Barcelona nightlife? What kind of purse would you take to that so you can dance freely, and not worry about pick pocketing?

I did go out at night and pick pocketing is very common. I know so many people who lost stuff but I fortunately never got pick pocketed. I only brought an MK wristlet that zips when I went out. It’s cute, compact and discreet! I could hold it in my hand while dancing and it fit my ID money and iphone (i’ll post a photo of it in another post).

These are the tricks I used to make sure I never lost anything: If you do take your iphone/camera out to a club be careful who you ask to take your picture and when you take your own pictures. Pick pocketers love these things! Also, don’t bring too much money/credit cards whenever you go out, because if you do get pick pocketed you won’t be losing everything (it’s a huge pain to get everything replaced). Have emergency money (just enough for a taxi ride back home) stowed away somewhere safe just incase (i would put it in my sock since I wore boots in the winter). I Hope I didn’t scare you, don’t be scared!! Honestly just be aware of your surroundings, follow my easy tips and you’ll be fine. :)

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Anonymous asked: Do you think the iPhone camera is enough to take pictures? I'm not sure whether or not I should bring my actual camera (it's a slightly old digital camera, nothing special, the quality is better on my iPhone) but I don't want to be like omg I should've brought it. Is the iPhone enough?

The iphone takes great quality pictures, especially outdoor night time shots trying to capture light! I actually used it a lot more towards the end of my trip because I realized it was a lot more convenient and quicker to share and upload photos. BUT I’d definitely bring an extra camera even if it is older just as a back up! Better to have something if your battery dies or you run out of memory. Hope that helps :)

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Anonymous asked: What do you suggest a girl wears for the summer in Barcelona, that also matches with Barcelona style?Is daytime casual? Is nighttime fancy? How many pairs of heels are a must?

I hear in the summer it can get pretty hot and humid so i’d bring light clothes but still no daisy duke shorts if you want to blend in or else you’ll get lots of unwanted attention. Casual dresses /skirts and airy tops will be perfect for the upcoming season.

For night time people do dress up a bit. Usually only Americans show up super skimpy looking to nightclubs and bars. Locals look more put together usually with tights/stockings on if they are wearing a shorts or short dresses but a nice top and dark pants is totally normal. A good trick to lessen the amount of clothes you bring is using different accessories with the same main pieces to make your outfits look different. (no one knew I used the same black dress over and over!)

Comfortable heels/shoes are a must! You will be walking everywhere, my advice is take no more than 2 or 3 heels. I’d recommend bringing cute comfy flats as substitutes. Also, know your shoes are going to take a beating!

No one really warned me about how much walking you’ll be doing so here’s my warning to you hahaha. Also, Barcelona has great shopping so if anything, shop less before you leave to save you money to shop when you get there. You’ll have a much better idea if what you’ll need/want to use once you’re there.

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findmerestless asked: I leave on May 29th and I'm going to be there for a month, just doing the Summer Session. I'm staying in an apartment, I'm just nervous about making friends and all that. Can't wait to get there :) Thanks for offering to help, I'll definitely come to you if I need anything!

Awesome! I’m so excited for you! Don’t be nervous at all, everyone will be in the same boat.  BSAE sets up tons of opportunities to meet/ hang out with the rest of the other students in the program. Also, if you’re in an apartment you’ll probably have roommates so there’s an automatic friend or two! haha happy packing!

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What do people wear here?

This is something I was clueless about before coming here, Barcelona Fashion. As I was packing I was told a bunch of different things: lots of layers, boho, normal clothes. All of this was pretty vague and when I googled “barcelona fashion” I was taken to a tourist website with a girl wearing a skirt past the knee and a top.  No help.

There are tons of different styles here in Barcelona so don’t feel you need to totally change your style before you come here. I took it upon myself to take some random photos of people on the street to help you out. (It’s a good thing my iPhone is discreet. Excuse the blurry ones, I usually take these as I’m walking to class haha.)

These are examples of typical barcelona women. Not over the top, but put together. As you can see lots of layers, scarves, and boots or flats.  Pack comfortable shoes that can take a beating! I’ve walked more here than I ever have in my life! Spanish women hardly ever show their bare legs. Many of them wear dresses, skirts, shorts but all with different colored/patterned tights or leggings underneath. Leather, Jean, and Canvas jackets are also pretty big here.

You hardly ever see spanish women in yoga pants and a sweatshirt on the street so if your plan is to look like a local, you’ll probably only need a pair to go to the gym, if any.

If you like nothing that they’re wearing, know purses with zipper closures are a must here! Beware of pick-pocketers!

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