Almost headed home? ALREADY
11.06.2011 - 21.06.2011 80 °F
Arriving in Barcelona was at first a shock from the small little country of Luxembourg and the little town of Differdange, but it was a change that was appreciated after a few days. The life in Barcelona is amazing with something to do at any point in the day minus 12 to 2 in the after noon ( "siesta" time, or what us Americans call "napping"). (my view from my host family's flat)
Class begun in the IES building that over looks the Catalunya Plaza ( sound familiar from the news and riots?) and this building has many American students studying with in it along with our group. So its nice to not be the only Americans in the town. The teacher for our Social Entrepreneurship class, Brett Smith, is a very enthusiastic and great guy. He has recently taken over the position of Head of the Entrepreneurship Program at Miami University and is quickly turning it towards the better! He is even making Nate really believe he wants to minor in Social Entrepreneurship now with how enjoyable he makes the classes. The first weekend of being in Barcelona the group of 25 of us rented out a Beach house for all of us, and arriving to it was a sure surprise! it was a 12th century Mansion!! It was stunning and only pictures and describe it best for you....
The only issue with the beach house was for the fact that it was so old... that some parts of the house were either brittle or sloping... this led to one of the girls falling down a flight of stairs and hitting her face on the opposite cement wall... leading to 10 stitches in her head and a severe concussion... her face swelled to the size of a melon but she was a trooper! with just recently in Madrid having the issue that no doctor seemed to say they were allowed to take her stitches out ( even in Barcelona they were refusing) and we nearly had to cut them out our selves with one of the girls moms, being a doctor, on skype directing us how to... Thankfully though we convinced a doctor to do it but she was not covered... ( just to let you all know the HTH insurance is worthless since it never be "accepted" ever when she would go to hospitals apparently)
Barcelona has been hectic to the max, with days of wondering aimlessly around certain areas, visiting the contemporary arts museum, witnessing a knife brawl, visiting the amazing Sagrada Church ( Google image it!), or experiencing my first attempted pick pocket!( they are much more physical then expected, and a bigger group!), and last but not least witnessing the constant riots that have been occurring even though i myself haven't seen the violence that the news is showing ( different part of the city apparently).
For our very last weekend we decided to stay with in Spain and visit the capital, Madrid. One of the girls on the trip had suggested it for the fact her family nearly moved their 7 years previously and her father was still in love with the town trying to convince her mother to move their still. with a 3 hour train ride we arrived in Madrid friday after noon. Madrid it self is okay, i definitely prefer barcelona if i had to pick because Barcelona has so much more depth to it rather then Madrid appears all the same with little sight seeing to do. Its a beautiful hot city with a gorgeous park that was about a 20 minute walk from our hostel that was worth visiting and saying i went, but i am happy to be back in Barcelona for the next few days and then i will be headed home to America on Friday morning! Quiet ready to be headed home