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This past month was the best month ever!
I can’t wait to tell you guys all about each of them (once I have time)! After all of these trips and as my program is almost coming to an end, I’ve realized and can honestly say the best way to learn is to travel. I think i’m at my “Aha! moment” haha. The people I’ve meet, the history I’ve learned and seen, experiences I’ve gone through, beats sitting in a classroom.
Castellers Practice (human tower)
This night was the most culture enriching night in Barcelona! A friend heard about the Castellers practice from class so we decided to stop by. Little did we know what we were getting ourselves into! We entered and sat in what looked like a restaurant with a view of the practice down below. All of a sudden a woman comes up to me, speaking in spanish and asked “do you guys want to join the practice?”. I respond with a nervous and scared “No, gracias solo quiero mirar”. Then she explained oh it’s so easy and she did it since she was a young girl. She was a feisty one with a hilarious sense of humor (we found out later she was known as big mama). She was adamant about us going down so she took the liberty to go down to ask if we can join the practice herself. She then motioned to us to go down so we had no choice but to hesitantly walked down the steps. Meanwhile, we were all thinking we were doomed and going to crack our heads open. She laughed at how scared we were and said don’t worry it’s easy, you will be in the piña (the support at the bottom of the tower).
We finally gave in and it was the most amazing experience. The view from being in the piña and amongst the Castellers was absolutely insane!! I was so moved with the pride they had. That’s not all folks! They kept insisting I try climbing up to the shoulders (probably because I was the smallest one) of one of the castellers. I finally gave in and after a little instruction on the technique I was climbing my way up! With some assistance from them and support from the ladder, I was standing on his shoulders. It felt pretty awesome doing something I was scared and intimidated to do. So glad I did it! They were all so welcoming and made us feel like apart of their family.
The weekend excursion to Madrid was packed with activities for the entire group! First our walking tour of Madrid! I decided to do a Spanish tour for the first time! Every activity we do is offered in both a spanish and english option. Usually i do english but i was feeling extra adventurous today. I was able to understand the total message of what she was saying but not every word.
The tour was not only working out my brain with trying to understand, but also a physical workout because Madrid is a lot more spread out than Barcelona. We covered a lot of area in our walking tour, here are a few highlights: (lets jump right right in! shall we? hahaha)
There are tons of street performers and vendors everywhere! The most I’ve ever seen in one area! Some of them were especially entertaining like the one below. He/she actually played the guitar very well hahah!
Almudena Cathedral was awesome! It was so different from any other church I’ve seen. It was very eclectic and vibrant. The articles inside were the mix of the old and the new. The construction started in 1879 but did not finish until 1993! Sagrada Familia is still my favorite though.
Mercado de San Miguel was pretty awesome! They had tons of a wine and tapas bars plus all of the fresh produce and carnicerias. Definitely a bit nicer than the boqueria in Barcelona.
We were told Bocadillos de Calamares were a specialty in Madrid so we had to try them! They weren’t bad! I actually enjoyed them (no surprise I love all food) but a few of the others thought it was lacking in taste because there was nothing but the calamares and bread, some sauce would have been good too.
For dessert we had torrijas, another specialty in Madrid. It’s basically a spanish bread pudding. (click our image for the recipe I found) This on the other hand, was BOMB!! Our tour guide pointed it out and said it was the best bakery and famous for their torrijas so we made our way back there for dessert after debating between chocolate con churros and torrijas, Abe and torrijas won. It was a great choice since i’ve already had chocolate con churros in Barcelona.
Now the Palace! Unfortunately we were not allowed to take pictures inside, but if anyone goes to Madrid, the Palace is definitely a MUST SEE!! The ornamentation on the ceiling and walls were as if they were growing off of it! The fabrics were so lush and rich and the trinkets were the fanciest things I’ve ever seen!
After all the walking, Barcelona SAE was nice enough to treat us out to tapas! We broke out into smaller groups each group with someone in the staff. It was the largest tapas portions I’ve ever seen! The tortilla española was amazing.
Domingo- 22 de Enero
This was the last day of the Fiestas De Sant Antoni called Correfocs - “Fire runs”. This Catalan festival, as you can tell from the video, is very lively and loud! The event is supposed to celebrate the day the devils went back into hell, explaining the fiery costumes.
The environment was definitely like nothing I’ve ever seen before. It was basically a parade but all of the spectators were expected to be involved in it as well. The sparklers spinning on the sticks were really cool! Kids and teenagers ran towards each of these and danced underneath and a loud popping sound meant the sparkler went out (so don’t worry the popping noises weren’t gun shots haha). Averyl and I joined in on a couple too! It may look a little bit sketchy from the video but not to worry it was definitely a safe and family friendly environment haha! The different drum lines were so awesome too!
I wanted to study abroad to broaden my perspective in my life and in the world in general. After passing up on Germany, I thought what better place than Spain so I could learn spanish and be in Europe. The most important aspect I hope to take from the next less than 4 months is to take in the culture, and see, do, and taste things I wouldn’t be able to back at home. This week was insane…and today was even more insane with the festival… I’ll write about it in a bit.
I went to Sagrada Familia with Ashley, Christine, and Sarah with the plan of going in for the tour but the line was way too long so we just took artsy pictures outside of it.
The rest of the day was spent me window shopping and the others actually shopping ;). I was able to show them a really cheap and nice place to get shoes called Galaxia, boots were 2 for 30 Euros!!
The days before today have been action packed so I spent the day cleaning my room and arranging some things for school. I also went grocery shopping for the first time so I won’t have to either buy my lunch or starve myself in between my huge breakfast and dinner, which is a huge gap might I add! I usually have breakfast at 8 then dinner at 9:45pm. Contrary to the popular belief of siestas in Spain, it doesn’t happen much for the people in Barcelona. People here don’t sleep very much.
Need I say more?
I only had my International Economics class which was pretty funny. Our professor really makes the topic we are studying interesting! I’ve noticed all of my professors are so passionate about what they are teaching and know how to teach through discussion rather than lecture like back home. After 20 minutes of waiting for my next professor for E-commerce, we found out class was cancelled.
My program arranged for a cultural activity of touring Ciutadella and the Born. It was beautiful but dark so I definitely plan on visiting there again in the day time.
We saw people protesting from a far (below)…
A movie that is supposed to be set in NYC was being filmed at the train station in Barcelona! Who would have thought the first time I’d run into a film taping would be here and not LA?!
we kept asking Rich (program director) for good places to eat and he mentioned the place below and bought each of us 1 tapa. I have no idea what I had but it was delicious.
and finally here’s my artsy picture of the meat markets here…
Today my 4 hour spanish class refreshed my whole 4 years of highschool spanish! Monica, our professor is hilarious and a great teacher! I then had lunch with two girls from my spanish class since they had the same break.
Then I had International Marketing! I’m really loving this class. We already started a case study and analyzed Build a Bear Workshop’s global expansion strategy. We discussed the importance of taking into account a country’s culture before attempting to place a company that was successful elsewhere.