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The view West from my apartment balcony up to Mount Tibadabo.

After a long trip through Chicago and London I have managed to arrive in Barcelona and make it to my apartment.  I arrived five hours late because of a delay in Chicago which caused me to miss my flight to Barcelona, but not too bad considering the route.  Now if my piece of luggage would just arrive all would be good.  The weather seems a bit disappointing with not much view of the sun and plenty of cold weather, but I am sure that will improve.

I have settled into my new home for the next three months.  I have three roommates on the seventh floor of a four bedroom apartment.  One of my roommates (Yesh from Bangalore, India) is a student at another business school in Barcelona while Raheel (from Lahore, Pakistan) and Namesh (from Bangalore, India) are both first year business students at IESE.

The view East from y apartment balcony toward the ocean.
  Everybody seems great and they seem to take good care in keeping the apartment clean with help from the cleaning lady that comes every Friday.  Yesh also apparently cooks 3 meals a day so hopefully I will get some good Indian food, but I would prefer it if he were not a vegeterian.  Namesh has not yet arrived yet since he apparently had to have surgery while home over Xmass but apparently is friends with one of my classmates at Michigan.  All in all they seem like good roommates.

IESE is the school I will be studying at and is ranked as #1 in the world by some periodicals (and as as #3 is Spain by others). IESE stands for "Instituto de Estudios Superiores de la Empresa" in Spanish and in English: "Institute of Higher Business Studies".  It is an initiative of Opus Dei so there is a crucifix and statue of Mary in every classroom, but I haven't heard a mention of God or christianity yet.

Close-up view of Mt. Tibadabo from my apartment
  The school is about 20% Spaniard and 10% American so from my point of view 90% are international and come from about 50 different countries.  My roommate warned me the first day we were here: 'We study too much here'.  I have received multiple emails from administrators also emphasize to me that class is not optional and that all exchange students should be expected to work harder than they did at their home institutions. There are 28 exchange students here (primarily from US business schools) but it is funny that I haven't met another American citizen among them (French, German, Modavian, Chinese, etc).

That is it for now.

Bobbisimo says:
great photos! brings back a flood of good memories of a few of my favorite cities - barcelona, madrid, granada, bilbao.
Posted on: Mar 22, 2009
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