Being a Local
Writing my last blog entry, I can finally write about what it is like to be a local in the city of Barcelona. Coming into this experience I started as a tourist, knowing nothing about the city and speaking very little of the language. Leaving after these 8 weeks, I finally started to view myself as a local. After spending the summer there we were finally able to fully operate all of the metros, trains, and buses to get from place to place. We had established our favorite lunch spots and our usual spots on the beach. A typical day included waking up at 7am to get ready and eat breakfast at the downstairs breakfast buffet before heading to catch the 8:06 train to work. The walk to the train station was about 15 minutes, with a 30 minute train ride to Placa Catalunya and another 15 minute walk to the office on Passeig de Gracia, placing me at work at exactly 9:00. I then would go through my normal days work and be off around 2pm. In Spain, 2 o’clock is lunch break and the busiest time in the city. We all usually met in Placa Catalunya by the fountains to then take the metro to our favorite lunch spots which included places like Rosa Negra, Bo de B, and Wok to Walk. After eating lunch we would all change in to our beach clothes and take the metro down to the beach for an afternoon of laying out and swimming in the ocean. We then would head home around 6pm to make it just in time for dinner buffet at the dorms. Next was off to bed and the next day would repeat as before. Living in Barcelona was a much different experience then living and working in the United States and I could never have imagined how much it changed my life. This summer internship in Barcelona was the most amazing summer I have ever had and it consisted of beach days, short and long work days, weekend traveling, site seeing, and experiences I will never forget. The Barcelona Summer Internship was an amazing way to learn the language of a foreign country and ito integrate in to a foreign culture.