Barcelona

Getting Ready for the Big Leagues

While today was just a “normal” school day full of classes, students had the chance to learn about the admissions process for ESADE. Admissions officer Laia Focadell spoke with students in an info session about how to prep and apply for an undergraduate degree at ESADE. This sparked excellent discussion among students about their ideal futures. They began discussing their academic and career ambitions,  inspiring each other to work hard!

 

But today wasn’t without fun and games! Photography and Art & Architecture students traveled to El Carmel to check out the incredible views and neighborhood history.

 

 

Cooking students whipped up some lasagna and tiramisu.

Other students enjoyed time relaxing at the residence pool, while the rest shopped ’til they dropped on Passeig de Gracia. All in all, not a bad Wednesday!

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun

As the saying goes, time really flies when you’re having fun! Today we are about halfway through the program and we can’t believe it.

Today at ESADE, most students attended their morning classes while a small group (Design Thinking & Entrepreneurship students) visited the Coca Cola bottling plant to learn about Coca Cola’s operations in Spain.

In the afternoon, we took the metro down to the beach (one of our favorite spots) and had lunch before breaking off into our activity groups. We sent a group to the Arc de Triomf/Parc Ciutadella area, Bogatell Beach (a beach popular with the city’s locals), and the second sailing workshop. Here are some pictures from our busy day!

¡Hasta mañana!

Tuesdays are for Picasso

Hello from Barcelona! Today the Summerfuel students had their morning and afternoon classes at ESADE. Students in the Photography, Art, and Architecture class enjoyed another afternoon session out and about in the city with their teacher who is a local, professional photographer!

After classes, everyone took the metro to the neighborhood called El Born. While some students enjoyed free time, others entered the Picasso Museum with an audioguide and learned about famous paintings like “Las Meninas” (featured in the first photo).

Tomorrow morning, Design and Entrepreneurship students will visit the same Coca Cola bottling plant that other classes toured last week. Since it will be an early morning for these students, we are simply relaxing in the residence tonight. ‘Til tomorrow!

Rainy Monday

Rain, rain go away! Today in Barcelona we experienced some summer showers. Luckily, they did not deter us from having a fun time.

After morning classes at ESADE, we broke off into two groups. One group returned to the residence to do laundry, play ping pong and pool, and just hang out! As you can see from the pictures, the students got quite into their games. Meanwhile, the other group headed down to Plaza Cataluña where there are shops, cafes, and interesting sights to visit.

After a low-key day (for most), we are ready to get back to our regularly scheduled activities. Tomorrow some students will check out the Picasso Museum while others explore the neighborhood of El Born. Goodnight!

Trip to Tossa de Mar

Today we escaped the city to enjoy a day of R&R in Tossa de Mar. As we mentioned in yesterday’s blog post, Tossa is a popular destination during the summer because of its beautiful beaches, castle, and more.

Upon arrival, RA Matt took a group of students to the castle, which is situated on top of a hill overlooking the beach and town. While exploring inside the castle walls, some students spotted a hidden beach on the other side of the hill. It’s safe to say that finding their way to this hidden beach and taking a swim was one of the highlights of their day.

Meanwhile, in the center of town, other students were shopping, having lunch, and playing soccer in one of the plazas. We also had a few students try out fish pedicures. Towards the end of the day, RA Pedro encouraged students to get ice cream with him. They used this time to practice their Spanish!

We are now back at the residence resting up for another week of classes at ESADE. Anyone else tuning into the Brazil soccer game tonight? We’ll be topping off our fun-filled day by watching the game in the movie theater here at the residence. Goodnight to all.

Saturday at La Sagrada Familia

Today the students got their first opportunity to sleep in after a busy first week in Barcelona! After getting a late start, we visited Palo Alto Market, a market that only takes place once a month in Barcelona. There the students enjoyed food, shopping, and music.

We later spent the afternoon relaxing on Barcelona’s beaches. It was a nice opportunity to rest and soak up the sun!

Finally, we took the group to see La Sagrada Familia, the world renowned basílica designed by Antoní Gaudí. Did you know that the church has been under construction for more than 130 years? It is not expected to be finished until 2026 and it is already quite the masterpiece!

We are looking forward to a special trip to Tossa de Mar tomorrow. Tossa de Mar is part of Spain’s Costa Brava, which stretches between Barcelona and the French border. We can’t wait to share this beautiful town with the students. Check back tomorrow for pictures and stories of our day trip.

Getting to know the Gothic Quarter

Happy Friday, everyone! Today our International Business students started the day off with a visit to Coca Cola Spain while Spanish students did a scavenger hunt activity in the neighborhood of Sarria. Entrepreneurship and Design Thinking students had their normally scheduled class at ESADE.

After lunch in Plaza Cataluña, we took a guided walking tour through the Gothic Quarter. Along the way, we saw parts of the Roman aqueduct, the Gothic Cathedral, the Jewish Quarter (called El Call), and so much more, stopping in narrow streets and charming plazas to learn about the history of the old part of the city. At the end of the tour, students got free time to return to stores they had passed along the tour, find an afternoon snack, etc.

We are now back at the residence preparing for Karaoke Night! The group also has the option to go out to dinner in our neighborhood if they choose. Tomorrow we are looking forward to another busy day, which will end with a visit to La Sagrada Familia. ¡Bona nit, buenas noches!

Exciting new experiences

Hola from Barcelona! Today was a day filled with new experiences for many students. For one, today was the first company visit. After morning classes, students from Spanish and Entrepreneurship and Design Thinking visited SEAT, a car manufacturing company in Barcelona. Sadly, phones were not allowed so we don’t have pictures to share but it was an enriching experience for our students. The other classes will have company visits in the coming days too!

Students enrolled in the Photography, Art, and Architecture afternoon class enjoyed meeting their teacher who is a local professional photographer. Samantha picked up the students at ESADE and took them on an adventure to the famous Boquería market in Las Ramblas where she showed them how to use different settings on their cameras and helped them photograph the market’s stalls.

After classes, most students participated in a group visit to La Pedrera, a house designed by the famous Catalan architect Antoní Gaudí. It is well known for its wave-like exterior design and its rooftop decorated by whimsical chimneys. Through an audio guide included in their tour, students learned about how Gaudí’s designs were often inspired by nature and other fun facts.

Back at the residence, a small group of four students were cooking up a gourmet meal with a local professional chef in the kitchen classroom. Today’s menu included paella, huevos rotos (eggs over Spanish ham and potatoes), pimientos de Pádron, and crema catalana (a typical Catalan dessert).

Sounds like a long day, huh? After all of this, students enjoyed a pizza party and time at the residence’s rooftop pool. Goodnight to all! Hasta mañana.