I don´t understand a word, but I love it here.
Barcelona Travel Blog› entry 11 of 18 › view all entries
Hola from Barcelona! By the way, hola is the only word I know how to say here, and I don´t even think I´m saying that correctly. The language they speak here (Catalan) is lovely, but the pronounciation is completely counterintuitive to everything I´ve ever learned, so it´s very hard to pick up. Lots of "th" sounds where they don´t seem to go... Anyway, the people here are very nice and try hard to help us understand, so it´s been great.
We got hear yesterday afternoon after spending one night in Aix en Provence, France on our way here from Florence. Nothing exciting to report from France really- it was quiet and the students were doing homework, so it was nice for me :).
We got up today and helped prepare for class, then we hit the ground running. We went down to Los Ramblos (I most likely have spelled that wrong) and found a fantastic market. I got 7 nectarines for .85 euros and many cherries for only 1 euro- I love it here! Then we met the students at the Picasso Museum, which was just as fabulous as the cheap fruit I had just discovered :).
After the museum, Jason and I went to scope out the sites for the walking tours we´ll be going on over the next 3 days. That is when I have truly discovered how beautiful it is here. The architecture is absolutely stunning-like nothing I have ever seen. I´ll post some pictures as soon as I can for those who have never seen it. We then went on a wild goose chase for the internet cafe I am currently sitting in, which we obviously eventually located thanks to a very helpful woman.
We are here in Barcelona until Monday, and during that time we have the 3 walking tours with the professors which I hope will help me narrow down the things I want to focus on most. I also plan on hitting the pool at least once- it is very nice and I imagine it´s quiet when our students aren´t whooping it up there :).
On Saturday my friend Vince is arriving and will be spending one night before he goes to Paris. I am QUITE excited about seeing a familiar, friendly face here!!! I am having a blast, but miss knowing where things are and knowing that I can call a friend at any moment. That will come in due time though- we get to Oxford in 9 days!!! Then it´s off to London with Brett for much fun and excitement :).
Adios for now! More from either Barcelona or Madrid.