What an incredible week its been! Work has been hectic but good. I absolutely love my internship and the people I work with. One of the projects I do here is create the Cultural Agenda that is sent out to our students each week. It features a new aspect of Barcelona each week, restaurant suggestions and what is going on around the city that week. I really enjoy making it! Also, my blog has been featured on the SAE website which is pretty neat!
Monday was absolutely insane since we had 90 students all arrive, but we got through it! I helped with their orientation and then led the students to the city center where I gave them a tour.
On Wednesday I accompanied a group to their tour of the Gothic Quarter with a guide. I was thrilled to join in because our guide was Olga, my host mom from when I was here studying!! She's so awesome, and it was so good to see her. I'm going to her house for dinner later this month which I'm so excited for since she's an amazing cook -plus I'm tired of eating eggs for dinner every night :P
|Reunited with mi madre espanñola|
|Inside the Gothic Cathedral|
|Me Goose-ta ;)|
|Ma doin' her thing|
On thursday Ryan and I helped about 20 kids with their phones, as they've had several issues with the SIM cards. It was stressful, but I was able to get a lot of phones working. We can now add SIM card technical support to our resumés.
Afterwards, I brought one of our groups to cooking class. I was excited to take them as this activity is always a favorite for many students, plus I got a delicious dinner out of it! We cooked pan con tomate, gazoacho, tortilla patata, chicken paella and crema catalana. It was all delicious and the students loved it!
|Gazpacho is like a thick tomato soup, served cold|
|Tortilla patata is like an omelet with potato and onion|
|Crema Catalana is very similar to a crème brûlée but it is served cold|
Afterwards we walked over to Pipa, a secret bar I've been dying to check out. Apparently there are a ton of secret bars scattered all over Barcelona. I've researched a ton and plan to discover them all. Pipa is really cool because it is inside of an apartment building, you just have to know which building as there is no sign. To get inside, you literally have to buzz in on a random apartment door. Then you walk up some stairs and voilá, you're there! Pipa (which means pipe) is a very old spot where a ton of famous writers and artists used to go to smoke their pipes. They have the pipes of several famous people such as Salvador Dalí, Hemmingway and even Sherlock Holmes. Johnny Depp reportedly went to Pipa, jumped up on stage and rocked out on the base! It was so cool inside, I felt like I was in a speakeasy! Definitely one of my new favorite places.
|Sherlock Holmes' pipe|
|Looking onto Plaça Real|
That night we all got together and went out to one of the beach clubs. Even though I hate going down to the touristy clubs, they're always free. Overall, it was a great night.
Tonight I took students to check out the Magic Fountain at the base on Montjüic. The beautiful fountain is synchronized with music and changes colors.
Amusing Photos of the week:
|This man is always present in their Nativity scenes. He is supposed to bring good luck and everyone has one.|
|The playgrounds are so much better here. They even have zip lines!|
That's all for now chicos! Thanks for following my adventures :)