Melissa M - Barcelona, Spain - Spring 2014
They say that New York is “the city that never sleeps,” but people who say that have clearly never been to Barcelona. So far, being in Barcelona has been one of the most wild and unique and exhausting experiences of my life. All the articles that I read before-hand that talked about their late eating and going out schedules were not kidding. A normal night with my host family consists of dinner at 10pm ending around 1030 or 11. While the first few nights it was a bit difficult adjusting to the late eating hours, it has become progressively easier and more natural to eat later. On top of these late dinners, if we want to go out, high time for heading out to bars or clubs doesn’t start till 1am or 2. Needless to say, the nights in Barca are filled with so much life and fun.
Even though I’ve been here almost a month, I still marvel at the city and all of it’s life and energy. It really never gets old. I think one of the things I like most about the city is that there’s always something to do. Living in the center of Barcelona, there literally isn’t any time for me to be bored. On any given day I can visit Las Ramblas, head to the shopping district, travel to one of the many museums, eat tapas and drink sangria, walk by the beach, visit a different district and shop small specialty boutiques and stores, go to cathedrals and take pictures of Roman ruins; the list is endless. I truly can’t stress enough how happy I am with my decision to study in Barcelona. Everyday I learn more about myself, others, and the many different cultures I am faced with. So far, Barcelona has stolen my heart and I don’t think I would have it any other way.