Expectations for My Summer in Barcelona

In Spain by Eller Student

Ben Grabowski, Business Management ’15

As I begin packing for my journey to Barcelona, the fact that this is finally happening starts to sink in. Although I have known that I will be spending eight weeks in Spain for awhile now, it hasn’t felt real until this moment. As I carefully fold and place my clothes into this ridiculously large suitcase, I can’t help but daydream about what’s in-store for me these next two months. The best way to describe how I feel at the moment is excited, with a little nervousness mixed in.

This will be my first time traveling to Europe, let alone Barcelona. I’ve been in touch with friends from college and high school who have spent last semester overseas, and all of them have said it was one of the best experiences of their life. I’m hoping to feel the same way after this summer. As far as expectations go, I’m expecting to be a little culture shocked when I first arrive, but I’m actually looking forward to it. I love experiencing places different from what I’m used to, which is why this trip appealed to me so much. I’m expecting to have a lot of fun this summer meeting new people and making new friends. I’m especially looking forward to the Barcelona night life, since I’ve heard great things about it from a friend. I’m also expecting to see a lot of cool places since Barcelona is the epicenter of culture in Spain. 

As far as expectations for my internship go, I don’t have many. I will be interning at Emagister, a company started through Grupo Intercom that specializes in online training platforms. I know that the dress code is business casual and everyone speaks english, but that is the extent of what I know. I’m hoping to learn a lot about how the business works and to become a valuable asset to their company.

My flight to Barcelona leaves on the 29th out of Denver, and it couldn’t come sooner. I can’t wait to arrive in Barcelona and start exploring the city. I’ll have a few days before we move into our residence at UAB and I plan to use those days getting acclimated to my new home for the next two months. Until then, I’ll be reading up on the city and preparing for what I expect to be one of the best summers of my life. I should probably go finish packing now…See you soon Barca.