I'm sorry I haven't updated in a while, I've been so busy with visitors and final projects and such. But my time abroad is quickly winding down. This friday I'll be getting on the plane and leaving Barcelona. Most of my friends are all ready to go home, but I'm struggling to accept that this is the end. I don't want it to be the end. I love the life I've created and the life I've discovered that I can have. My heart is breaking realizing I won't be walking the streets of Barcelona every day. It's almost like going through a break up! Barcelona is breaking up with me.
So lets refresh on what I've been doing lately:
A couple weekends ago we toured Camp Nou -Barcelona's fútbol stadium. It was really cool! They have a massive room filled with all of their trophies and awards. I was in awe at just how many trophies they've won. We also go to see the press room, the away team's locker room and even got to set foot on the field!
Last week my Mom and two sisters came to see me. Hugging them in the airport after three and a half months was amazing. I was so excited to show them the little piece of paradise I've found. I took them to all of the hot spots of Barcelona such as Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell, Parc Ciutadella and others. While I was in class they spent their time relaxing out on the beach.
One afternoon Olga invited us all over for a nice lunch so she could meet my family. Since her parents own the penthouse above us, we had it there on their roof terrace. I'd never been up there but the view was amazing! We literally had a view of the entire city of Barcelona from the mountains all the way to the sea. Her parents were adorable and went out of their way to cook us home-made paella and calçots which are a Catalan tradition. Our lunch was delicious and they were all such good company. It was definitely the highlight of my week.
|The amazing view from the terrace|
|I spy with my little eye The Sagrada Familia|
|The propper (and messy) way to eat calçots|
|Home-made chicken paella -SO good|
|Best host mom a girl could ask for!|
|Exhibit A: Olga doing my laundry ;)|
|Artwork done by gorillas|
|Reminds me of Freckles :)|
|My favorite photo. Each monkey walked around holding a handkerchief. This one walked around with it on his head.|
|Karen trying to find the waving gorilla,|
That night we went on a tour with my school and ended at a Flamenco dance show. It was really cool to see a flamenco performance because I'd never seen one before. I had no idea how intense it gets. The dancers are so talented. It's a bit like tap dancing, except for way more intense!
On thursday we headed over to Paris for a quick visit. My mom decided that we'd probably never all be in Europe together again and she really wanted a picture of all of her girls under the Eiffel Tower. We spent one night in Paris, and mom got all the pictures she wanted. It was a nice visit, but a lot colder than Barcelona. I was happy to go back to eating tons of crepes though!
|Hanging up in our restaurant in Paris :P|
|Finally got to see the arc!|
|View from the arc|
|Highlight of the day: when a pigeon let loose on Karen|
|Mom made me dress up as Waldo...|
|She also made us wear bourées :P|
|Found my lock! and put a new one next to it!|
|Flying back into the Barcelona for the last time in while </3|
|Much needed coffee before class|
Today I met up with my intercambio partner to say goodbye :( It was really sad but we had a good day walking around The Labyrinth Park. I really lucked out with my inter-cambio partner. I walked away with a wonderful friendship :)
|Raquel with her thank you gift!|
Tonight we have our final dinner with Olga since tomorrow we have a farewell dinner with the school. Since I'm still in denial that I'm leaving this place, I'll save the goodbyes for tomorrow :P