Life back in the U.S.

I’ve been back home for almost two weeks, and what a crazy two weeks it has been! I had a safe trip home, with a layover in Paris (the literally the most expensive airport I have every been to!). I got through U.S. Customs without any problems, and my bottles of wine and wine glasses all made it safely, so I was pretty happy! Continue reading

Two weeks left in Barcelona

Yesterday marked one month since I have arrived in Barcelona, and today is only two weeks away from the day I leave. It is hard to believe that time has flown by so quickly. Classes are getting close to final projects and final exams. And, while I am looking forward to returning back home, it is a very bittersweet feeling. I have enjoyed it here, and there is still so much to see. I have plans to visit the Sagrada  Familia this Saturday, and to go to Girona next Friday. Tomorrow, we are visiting Figueres to see the Dali museum and are visiting Cadaques, which is a part of Costa Brava. Continue reading

Happy summer from Barcelona!

I hope everyone in the States had a great first day of summer. In Barcelona, the summer solstice was technically last night. But, the festival of Sant Joan is how they really begin summer here in Barcelona! Sant Joan is celebrated the night of June 23rd (tonight!). There are a lot of flames and fireworks, as well as a lot of parties on the beach! It is similar to our celebration of the 4th of July. Also, everyone has off from work (and school) on Monday (which is the actual Feast of Sant Joan).  I am hoping to join in on the fun tonight! Continue reading

A great weekend…and a great first week!

I can’t believe that it has already been a full week since I arrived in Barcelona! That means I have less than six weeks to spend here, but time isn’t moving by too quickly. I am taking so many photos (both for myself and for my photography class). Every time I see a beautiful building or statue, I immediately take out my camera!

Here is a link to the photos I have taken during week one:
I have more from today, so I will create a Week 2 album soon. I really am enjoying taking photos of everything, and I am glad I can share them with everyone back home in the United States. Continue reading

Getting used to a routine

On Tuesday I got to move in to the home where I will be living during my time here in Barcelona. I live a bit further from the school than the other students, so I’m still figuring out buses, but I can get to and from school very easily. I am just trying to figure out a bus that runs at night for when I meet up with the other students.

The family is very, very nice. The Señora speaks English and many other languages, but of course, I speak to her mostly in Spanish. Her daughter is 11 and really only speaks Spanish.  She loves to paint her nails and watch the Disney channel (in Spanish, of course). I painted her nails last night. There is also a babysitter that lives in the apartment, but she went home to Poland for a week. She is closer to my age, and she speaks English, so when she gets back we will definitely hang out sometimes as well. I am very happy with everything! Continue reading

A glance at my first day in Barcelona


The last 24 hours or so have been a bit of a blur. I left Pittsburgh at 9:30 a.m. EST and arrived in Barcelona this morning around 10 a.m. (so around 4 a.m. EST) because of our delay last night on the runway. Since I have traveled to Spain before, I was well aware of jet lag and tried to sleep on the plane as much as I could, but sleeping on a plane is easier said than done. Continue reading