Summer Solstice and EuroCup Finals

In Spain by Eller Student

As weeks pass in Barcelona I am still having the time of my life. In the United States nobody really thinks much of the Summer Solstice. However, for Barcelona this is a huge celebration. Everyone grabs their beach accessories and fireworks and heads down to beach where you find thousands of people scattered as long as you can see celebrating the longest day of the year. This day was even more special though because there was a Spain soccer game on as well in which Spain won. This made the celebrations even crazier. People were on the beach dancing and shooting off fireworks until the sun came up.

I always knew soccer was a huge part of people’s life in Spain. However I do not think I prepared myself enough for the EuroCup finals against Italy. A group of us went to George Payne’s which is an Irish pub that many Americans seem to flock to. The game started and everyone was chanting away as Spain scored goal after goal making the score 4-0. The second the game ended, everyone flocked to the streets chanting “Viva Espana!” We then made our way to Las Ramblas where the real celebration took place. Let me just say I have never been apart of something so crazy. Maybe 15000 people in the street all the way up and down Las Ramblas chanting, partying and even some burning of the Italian shirts and guys were climbing light poles and buildings. It almost seemed more what you would do at a riot then a celebration. However, that was definitely an experience I will never forget and am lucky enough to have been a part of it.