Bon Dia!

In Spain by Eller Student

So we have officially moved into Barcelona and have become accustomed to the lifestyle but the differences between life in the United States and life in España are exponentially different. There was a bit of a culture shock when I realized that good cheeseburgers in Barcelona are hard to come by, but when you do find one it costs at least an arm and maybe a leg. I´ve slowly adapted to the eating styles here in Spain, unlike in the US, portions for lunch and dinner are very small but you eat a plethora of different servings throughout your meal.  My favorite part about the meals here is that it is cheaper to drink wine with every meal rather than ordering water! Spanish people are amazing, they are so passionate about everything and take the time to enjoy every part of life. Rather than becoming absorbed in the standard hustle and bustle Spanish people put living life in front of the American obsession with success. The language barrier was a challenge at first due to the unique accent that Spanish people speak with. Especially being in Barcelona where it is common for people to speak a mixture of both Catalan and Castellano. The business culture in Spain is also much different then the US, most companies here are small with very few employees. At SeCod Assessors, where I am interning, there are only 9 employees who all share the same large office. This is due to the fact that most buildings in downtown Barcelona contain very small rooms and simply limit the amount of growth potential. It was also an odd experience when we were told that it is unheard of to work past 2pm, but I definitely was not complaing!

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This is one of my favorite pictures I have taken so far. Plaza Catalunya.

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A great view from a top Montjuic