Departure Day

All students have arrived safely at the airport. Most are checked in or boarding their flights. Thanks for a great summer!

Final Friday

On Friday, students showcased their learning in final presentations and exams. Business students presented their proposals, including their finance plan.

Students in the Spanish classes presented their research about a store in Sarria. The past two Fridays, students interviewed shop owners about how they started their store, how long they have had it and the products they sell. Students then put together an informative presentation on the shop!

After presentations and exams, students spent their last afternoon in the city center shopping, packing up their rooms, and visiting last minute sights. In the evening, we celebrated the end of program with our final dinner. Students got dressed up, took pictures and headed down to the city center. We had a great time reminiscing over the memories made and experiences we had together. We cannot believe how fast the time has gone by!

A View from the Top

The final Art and Architecture class took students to the top of Barcelona at Montjuic. There, students visited the castle and the arenas mall. Arenas was the bullfighting stadium of Barcelona that has since been converted to a mall but maintains its historical features. At the top of the castle, students were able to take some final pictures with their professor and take in views of Barcelona!

 

The final cooking class was the best yet! Students made Spanish tortilla, albondigas, and crema catalana. Students commented that cooking class was the highlight of their trip! Hopefully they have some great recipes to share with family at home!

Some students went to the Fundación Miró museum to check out modern art. They enjoyed the view from the roof of the museum as well!

In the evening, some students enjoyed hitting the town for dinner. They came back to the residence to get dressed up and picked their favorite spots around town to dine. Students are trying to soak up all they can in their last few days in the city!

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Sagrada Familia of Mine

On Wednesday, students headed to one of Barcelona’s most iconic sights, Sagrada Familia. Construction on the Gaudi’s basilica began in 1882 but is not expected to be finished until 2026! Students enjoyed touring the sight and learning about the historic building!

Gracias, Gracia!

After Tuesday morning and classes, students had the opportunity to spend their afternoon at different spots around the city.

One group headed to Camp Nou, the soccer team FC Barcelona’s stadium. The students were able to explore the locker rooms, go on the field and buy some great souvenirs.

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Others spent the afternoon in the neighborhood Gracia. Gracia is known for unique shops and delicious, varied food choices. RA Liz took a group on a tour of her favorite shops and eats including the ice cream shop, Paralelo.

In the evening, students participated in a Hollywood Game Night with RA Chito. In teams of four, students answered pop culture questions to win some awesome Summerfuel prizes!

Oh my Gaudí!

Monday’s activities included the opportunity to visit one of the Gaudí houses, Casa Batlló, take a tour of Raval with RA Lisa, or shop on Passieg de Gracia. At Casa Batlló, students saw examples of modernism in the architecture and details of the house. Students had a great time exploring the fascinating sight!

 

Lisa’s Raval tour was a hit! Lisa showed students to some quirky and trendy places in this up and coming neighborhood. They visited historic sights and tried some local treats.

At the end of the night, students participated in a residence trivia night. The winners won a late night pizza party with friends!

Playa, please!

After a long Saturday out, students were ready to fully relax with a Sunday beach day. We headed to the picturesque beach town, Platja d’Aro. Beautiful, clear blue waters, coves and hidden beaches awaited us. Students had time to swim, relax and shop!

After we returned to the residence, students had time to relax, do laundry and hang out before starting the final week. Some students played card games before going to bed. Everyone had a restful, fun day!

Are you surreal?

The weekend provides us the opportunity to check out sights outside of Barcelona. On Saturday, we headed to Figueres to visit the Salvador Dalí museum. This museum is not any typical art museum. The art takes over the space so that even the architecture of the building itself is surreal in style. Students had the opportunity to listen to a tour about the artist and some of his most famous pieces.

After a visit to the museum and lunch in the town of Figueres, students headed to the beach L’escala to relax. They spent the afternoon on the beach and the evening dining out in the town. It was a great way to begin our last weekend here!