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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!

 

Day with Salvador Dalí

Happy Saturday, everyone! Today Summerfuel students visited two lovely towns north of Barcelona.

We made our first stop in Figueres where the Salvador Dalí Museum is located. Dalí was born in this town and spent much of his life on the Costa Brava, north of Barcelona. Dalí, unlike most artists, was alive and well when his museum was set up so the museum itself is a piece of art. The students especially enjoyed an optical illusion of Gala, Dalí’s wife, which turns into a portrait of Abe Lincoln if you back up and look at it from a distance (see first photo).

Following our visit to the museum, we stopped in L’Escala for some hours of beach time. In L’Escala we ate lunch, swam, and soaked up the sun!

We are now back in Barcelona getting ready for our dinner plans. Students can either eat at the residence, in our neighborhood, or go with staff members to visit Plaza España. During the summer, the fountains in front of the majestic-looking National Catalan Art Museum (MNAC) sway and light up to music at night. Beyond viewing the fountain show, students can also explore the former bullfighting arena which is now a shopping mall with an observation deck on top! We hope everyone is having a lovely weekend. Sending our best from BCN!

Afternoon in Parc Güell

Fridays are one of our favorite days in Barcelona and today was no exception. Today we visited two different companies, a monastery, the neighborhood of Gracia, and the famous Parc Güell!

Did you know that every morning on our walk from the residence to ESADE’s campus we pass right by a beautiful, old monastery? Well today Spanish class students got the opportunity to enter the monastery with their teachers and learn about its history including who Reina Elisenda was (also the person our nearest metro stop is named after).

While Spanish students explored the monastery, the business classes visited two different companies: Hewlett Packard and Wallapop. At HP, students learned about innovation and experienced the 3D printing lab. Across town, the other group learned how Wallapop turned second-hand shopping into a successful online business.

All of the groups reunited in the neighborhood of Gracia to eat lunch before heading to Parc Güell. Highlights of our visit to Parc Güell included LOTS of “typical Barcelona” pictures, Gaudí mosaics, and stunning views of the city.

We are now back at the residence resting up for our trip to Figueres and L’Escala tomorrow! Check back later for more updates from Barcelona. Buenas noches. Bona nit.

 

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!