Adapting to a new life in Barcelona

In Spain by Eller Student

Mallory Wollenberg, Econ & Finance ’15


As I was sitting on the airplane two weeks ago, anticipation building for my arrival to Barcelona, I had absolutely no clue what I was going to expect. Was the company I was working for far? Am I going to get lost? Will my fellow employees make me feel comfortable? What do I wear out at night? How do I even speak English let alone Spanish? I had a million thoughts running through my head at once. Well, two weeks into my summer I have never loved a single place more than I love Barcelona. Everything here has been amazing.

There were a few things that I had to get used too at the beginning, like the jetlag that I think I am still trying to catch up on and the daily siestas. I have taken a good amount of Spanish classes and I still can hardly pick up on a single word. I think the biggest culture shock would have to be the language. Since everyone here speaks Catalan it is hard for me to understand even the simplest words. Thank god at work I bring my own computer because one of the days I had to use an employees and everything was in Spanish. Safe to say I starred at the screen and didn’t get much work done that day. I love the fact that things are slower here. I was very confused when I couldn’t find almost a single place that serves coffee “to-go.” Getting out of work at 2 and having about a 2 hour lunch everyday sitting and catching up with friends about their day has been one of my favorite parts of the trip. Also just walking around exploring this city that I get to call home for 6 more weeks could not be any more intriguing.  I can say with 100% confidence that I couldn’t have made a better decision than to study abroad in this beautiful city.  

Exploring the City

Exploring the City