After a very long train ride, I arrived back at my home sweet
home-stay! Barcelona was such a great trip. We arrived in Barca
Thursday morning only with a rough understanding where Anni and Buff
were living. With a little direction, I was able to find it. Their
apartment was huge, but more importantly, they had their own kitchen.
Of that I am jealous. However, though I love the city, I’m very happy I
didn’t study there. Everyone speaks English, and even though they speak
Spanish, they refuse to speak it; only Catalan.
We went out the first night then I spent the majority of the next day
with my friends from the program. I actually made dinner with Anni and
Buff that night (I miss it so much) and then we went to a pub crawl my
friends’ hostel had set up- a great way to see the city! The two next
days I experienced Barcelona my way. I woke up early and spent the
majority of the day in the Sagrada Familia. Then I walked around the
Boqueria, had lunch then explored parts of the city I missed on my last
visit. Mostly vintage shops with clothes and accessories. I did howevermanage to find an old Journey vinyl record for 4 euros! That night, we
went to a local gourmet burger place. I it was really good but
afterwards I think I was just so tired from lack of sleep and an active
day, we all just went back to the apartment and I went straight to bed.
The last day, I woke up early again so that I could arrive at the
Picasso museum before it opened. Every first Sunday of the month, the
museum allows free entry and I definitely took advantage. It was mostly
his early work, things very different than the few pieces I saw at the
High a last year. It’s more classic and therefore I was more attracted
to it for it’s beauty and immense detail. They also had his famous
“blocking” style portraits of his girl friend/wife. I can appreciate
them, they’re just not as pretty. They also had a collection of his
pottery, of which I previously was completely oblivious. After walking
around the Gothic quarter, I found this great old school tapas bar.
There were so many people in there! But for three tapas and a glass of
wine, it only cost me 7 euros!
My friends were worried that I was upset I didn’t spend time with them.
But honestly, I was much happier. I saw the two attractions I really
wanted to see and was able to see them at my speed without worrying
what about another person’s opinions. It is however good to be back at
my temporary home. I started my regular classes this week: Spanish Cinema in the morning and Art in the late afternoon. I have those on Monday and Wednesday. I have a Seminar on Living and Learning in Alicante once a week on Tuesdays, then of course Spanish everyday. Today was especially difficult because I have back to back class then I have to wait three hours until my next class. It’s good because it allowed me to do homework, but definitely had to motivate myself to the track/gym
This weekend is Carnaval! I’ll have a new post soon about that adventure.