BARCELONA Blog #3

In Spain by Eller Student

It is hard to imagine leaving this city. I have had one of the most eventful summers of my life and I cannot believe that it is almost coming to an end. I have met so many genuine people in Spain, which further illustrates how saying my goodbyes in a week will be extremely difficult. However, I have been missing my family and friends back in the States. I am excited to start my senior year and get back to my work schedule that I am used to. In addition, I look forward to reconnecting with the friends I have made here in Spain over my senior year and using the connections I have created from this internship opportunity towards my career outside of college.

Two weekends ago I went to Budapest with a group of my close friends. Traveling to Hungary was such a pleasant surprise because I really did not know what to expect. The city is much less crowded and smaller than Barcelona, which made it simple to navigate and visit every monumental sight of the city. The service was much more prompt and the food was absolutely devine. The people were very kind and were excited to see Americans. This was a change because in Barcelona there are many tourists, especially American students. I can confidently say that Budapest is one of my favorite cities I have ever visited and hopefully I will have the opportunity to go back in my life.

Last weekend, DreamCareers sponsored a day trip to Costa Brava, a beach town in Spain. We traveled to Tossa del Mar, where there was a stone castle and beautiful crystal aqua waters. Besides the off weather, it was a pretty successful beach day. Everyone gathered to watch the waves, share stories and enjoy a nice lunch with a splendid view of the beach. On that sunday, a group of us went on a hike up one of the mountains that borders the city of Barcelona. At the top of the mountain there was a intricate church and an amusement park. It was interesting to see how many local families spent their sundays together and take their kids to this amusement park. It is much different from the family interactions in the States, because in America, families are constantly trying to find time to spend with each other. On the other hand, the Spanish culture realizes the importance of cherishing those that they surround themselves with everyday and of building relationships with people that will last a lifetime.

Over the week, I have been working on little tasks for Artelista. Some of these tasks include finding galleries in the US and providing their contact information as well as using Google AdWords to see how volumes of keywords in English vary from those keywords used in Spanish. Also, I have been visiting different parts of Barcelona before my trip comes to an end. A few days ago I went to the famous Gaudi House, La Pedrera, where he designed the entire building upside down. The rooftop was my favorite part of the tour because of the beautiful views and chimney architecture. Even though the tour was expensive, I would highly recommend it to anyone coming to visit Barcelona.

Today, I am leaving for Rome for a few days and then off to the Almafi Coast! I am so excited for my trip and I am thrilled that I can have this opportunity to visit a country I have been dying to see. Rome has much to offer and the Almafi Coast will be absolutely breath taking and relaxing. Then when I come back from my trip I will only have a week left here in Barcelona. It is truly crazy how fast this experience went by, but in the end, I am pleased with all of the work and traveling experience I was able to encounter. I am thrilled that I can call this beautiful, lively city my summer home.