International School of Los Angeles

Week one in Barça

So it’s already been a week in my program, but I’d lie to myself if I said it’s passing by quickly.

In all fairness, the program is great. The welcome was warm, the staff is great and fun to be around, the kids here are so friendly… But I can’t escape the fact that I’m on my own and independent in a completely different country; it’s a bit frightening and exciting all at once.

That being said, I am homesick. I miss my American cheeseburgers and fries, my Netflix, my family… But I won’t lie, it’s still great to be here.

My classes are awesome as well! Global Medicine and Psychology could have never been taught in a better way. The classes are small, which means teachers give their undivided attention, and I absolutely love it.

So far we’ve seen amazing things. A beautiful street called Passeig de Gracia, for example, which would essentially be the equivalent of a Spanish Rodeo Drive:


We’ve also seen a place called the labyrinth, where we spent early an hour figuring out how to get out, when finally at the end we gave up due to the overwhelming heat. That same day we went to a place called the Bunkers, where we had an amazing view of Barcelona:


Then we went to Tarragona, a very ancient city built in the time of the Romans (something I didn’t enjoy much, also because of heat):


Another visit included the Barrio Gotico (the Gothic Quarter), with excellent designs and cathedrals:


And finally (and possibly the most fun) we went to the Pride Parade, taking place on the famous street Las Ramblas:


So far my first week has been very productive, but there’s so much more to come and I can’t wait to show you more!