It’s been almost three weeks here in Spain and boy does time fly by, especially when you’re having fun. I chose to come to Spain because I knew it would be an ideal place to work and enjoy the lifestyle simultaneously, as well as practice my Spanish language proficiency. So far, it looks like I made the right decision because I’m definitely enjoying the lifestyle here… sometimes a little too much.
Compared to the States, the lifestyle here can be described in one simple word: different. In my three weeks here, I’ve noticed that people in Barcelona are much more laid-back. For example, at my internship as soon as the clock strikes two, the office empties and everyone goes home after only working for about five hours. On top of that, if you go to a restaurant or cafe you also feel that laid-back lifestyle as service is slow and almost non-existent, but no one seems to care; they just sit in the beautiful weather, sip on coffee or sangria, and chat it up with their companions.
There is a flip-side to this lifestyle, however, and that doesn’t begin till past midnight. I’m talking about the nightlife of course. Now I understand while Barcelonians take that three-hour siesta after work: they need to get their rest for the clubs. I’ve had the chance to go to many of these clubs and bars, and it’s nothing like I’ve ever experienced, especially when comparing it to the nightlife of Tucson. Loud music, bright lights, good-looking people, and happiness everywhere you turn. This goes on every night… and then it doesn’t stop until the sun rises. To be honest, I don’t know how they do it here; party all night and then go to work in the morning. It’s a vicious cycle, but hey, I love it.
To sum it all up, the lifestyle here is very relaxed and mellow, but when the night comes that all changes. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to live this summer. As for now, this entry is done. I will post more as my trip goes on. ¡Adios!