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Final Day and Celebration

And just like that, three weeks have passed in a flash! Seeing as it was our last full day in Barcelona, we wrapped up classes at ESADE by sharing presentations and taking final exams.

Upon completion of our classes, the ESADE faculty handed out certificates to recognize completion of the summer course, followed by a reception with light bites in the garden outside of our academic building.

Knowing that our students were eager to make one last trip to their favorite, shops, restaurants, cafes, etc, we spent the afternoon in the city center and gave the group the freedom to spend that time in the neighborhood of their choice.

After some hours of free time, we reconvened in the residence to finish packing and get ready for the final dinner. The restaurant across the street opened their terrace to our group and there we enjoyed a delicious dinner and spent the evening recapping our favorite memories and saying goodbyes.

Now we are back in the residence. Some students are getting ready for bed while others are staying up to watch movies or simply enjoy their last few hours chatting with friends. Tomorrow we will make various trips to the airport and train station to ensure everyone’s smooth departures. ‘Til tomorrow! Buenas noches.

Visiting Camp Nou

Today in Barcelona it was the students’ last full day of classes at ESADE and, as previously mentioned, they were busy preparing for tomorrow’s final exams and presentations.

After school, part of the program experienced a huge part of Barcelona’s culture: fútbol! The students’ visit to the Camp Nou stadium included the museum (with trophies, highlight videos, and more), the visiting team’s locker room, the press room, and other areas of interest. While it is FC Barcelona’s off season at the moment, the students still had a great time visiting the stadium and imagining the excitement of attending a game!

The other activity option today was a visit to L’Illa shopping center where rebajas (summer sales) are still going on! A bunch of students took advantage of this opportunity to pick up last minute gifts for their friends and family. It was also an opportunity to enjoy an afternoon snack and escape the heat.

We are excited to celebrate the students’ accomplishments tomorrow and see what they’ve learned from three weeks of classes at ESADE. Stay tuned for updates about their presentations and exams!

Radio Program and Goodbyes

¡Hola!

We hope everyone is well. We are doing great! Yesterday, our Advanced Level hosted their own radio program at Radio Conil. Everyone was a bit nervous at first but they did great. They talked about the differences between Spanish and American culture and played their favorite songs. It was a really good experience. The radio station will be posting shortly the link to the Summerfuel radio program on their facebook page https://es-es.facebook.com/RadioConil/

In the evening, we gathered at the beach with a guitar and Cajón flamenco to say goodbye to students who attended the program for 3 weeks. We ate, we sang, we danced and we had a good time. We also announced the winners of the “Points Competition”: The yeah yeah dance”

Tomorrow, we play basketball against a local team and Saturday 5 students arrive in Conil from Summerfuel’s Barcelona Program. They will be with us for the rest of the program and everyone is excited to meet them.

Here are some photos!

 

Last Beach Day

Hi everyone! Today was the last Wednesday of the program and also our last day at the beach.

Over the course of the program, students have gotten to know the many beaches that make up Barcelona’s coastline. One of their favorites is the less-touristy Nova Icaria beach where we’ve spent the last few Wednesdays. Nova Icaria is also conveniently located by the Olympic Port where the other group of students had their final sailing class today!

While the weather was on and off, we were lucky that the rain held off during our afternoon activities. However, the sailing group did get caught in a down pour on their way back to the residence!

Tomorrow will be our last full day of classes at ESADE and the last day for students to prepare for their final exam/presentation. Wish us luck!

Gaudí Part 4

His name is all over Barcelona’s history and all over our blog: Antoni Gaudí. After classes today, a small group of students chose to visit Gaudí’s Casa Battló, the fourth and final destination on our Gaudí tour through Barcelona.

Casa Battló is situated on a popular shopping street in the district of Eixample. It stands out for its quirky façade decorated by colorful mosaics, its bone-like structure, and whimsical roof. It is also a treat for the eyes inside, where students discovered a world that was inspired by marine life and animals. Take a peak at the pictures below to see some of our favorite moments from the Casa Battló tour. You will also notice that students were given an audiovisual guide that helped them to imagine how the house was decorated when it was first built.

While these students got their last dose of Gaudí, the rest of the group was back at the residence playing games, swimming, resting, doing laundry, or enjoying other amenities. We’re looking forward to our last beach day tomorrow and also the last sailing workshop. Goodnight from Barcelona!

Contemporary Art and Las Ramblas

Hi everyone! Today marks the start of week three in Barcelona. Can you believe how quickly the program is going by?

Today students attended both morning and afternoon classes to make up for a session we had previously missed. After a full day on ESADE’s campus, we headed into the city center for our afternoon activity: exploring the well-known, tree-lined street called Las Ramblas.

While the students are familiar with the Gothic Quarter neighborhood on one side of Las Ramblas, they have yet to explore this popular street nor the neighborhood on the other side (El Raval). Most of the students opted for free time today in order to explore Las Ramblas at their own pace. However, a handful of students joined Program Director Amani at MACBA, Barcelona’s contemporary art museum located just a street or two off of Las Ramblas.

What exactly is there to see/do on Las Ramblas? One of the most well-known destinations on Las Ramblas is the Boquería market which has fresh produce, seafood, juices, candy stalls, tapas bars, and more. There is also a museum dedicated to the Spanish ham! Beyond these two highlights, Las Ramblas has shops, restaurants, an ice cream store owned by a Michelin-star chef, and street performers.

This week students will also be preparing for their final projects/tests, which are scheduled for Friday. We expect that some students will be using their evening free time tonight to prepare. If not, we’re sure they’ll be enjoying one of their last nights at the rooftop pool, squeezing in more ping pong games, or simply enjoying hang out time with their new friends.

¡Buenas noches!

Córdoba y Sevilla

Hola!

We had a great weekend! On Friday we left Conil for Córdoba where we visited the Jewish Quarter, La Mezquita whose construction started in 782, and Córdoba’s old Synagogue and one of the only three Medieval ones left in Spain. We ate at the Mercado La Victoria and after lunch, we had tea at a beautiful and traditional Moroccan tea shop. That night we left for Seville where we had time to take a quick shower at the hotel before we went out for dinner. We had dinner on la Alameda which is an avenue full of restaurants and cafes. Students chose the place they like the best and they told us they ordered 13 different dishes! I have to say we have never had a group who enjoys eating and trying new things as much as this one.

The following day we met Juan, our tour guide, at 10 am and we saw so much: the Jewish Quarter, Plaza de España, la Catedral, la Giralda and Reales Alcazares, Seville’s Royal Palace where some of Game of Thrones was filmed (for fans out there, remember Dorne? Well, we were in Dorne). After a typical long lunch, we visit las Setas monument which boasts the best views in Seville. After a bit of free time, we went back to Conil.

Tomorrow Conil celebrates the Patron saint of Fishermen: “La Virgen del Carmen”. It is a lovely fiesta where the statue of the Virgen del Carmen is taken by boat all along the coast while followed by smaller boats.

Enjoy the photos!

 

 

From Port Aventura to Sitges

Our second Sunday is in the books and what a day it was! Our staff in Barcelona is always working with the students and responding to their feedback in order to make their experience the best possible. After receiving multiple requests to add Port Aventura to our activities calendar, we organized a special trip and half of the students attended. They enjoyed roller coasters such as Shambhala and Dragon Khan as well as other attractions and shows.

Meanwhile, the other half of the group decided to take it easy and enjoy the popular beach town Sitges, which is situated to the south of Barcelona. In Sitges, the group ate at beachside restaurants, explored an old church, shopped, and more.

Tomorrow we will be attending morning and afternoon classes and then heading to the area of Las Ramblas where students who sign up will tour the contemporary art museum. We are also looking forward to upcoming activities including the FC Barcelona Stadium tour and Casa Battló.

Have a great night!