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I Survived My First Month!!

I Survived My First Month!!
My first month here in Barcelona has been absolutely amazing, I have seen so much, met so many new people, and ate so many tapas that I can barely fit some of my jeans.   The first couple of weeks consisted of me solely getting use to the idea of living in Barcelona! A lot of times I found myself in absolute disbelief, thoughts such as “wow you made it” and “I am actually here!” continuously crossed my mind.  I wanted to explore everything, I kept feeling as though I was going to run out of time, so I practically went anywhere just to see more of the city.  I guess you can say I was in a touristy state of mind, but as time continues to pass I am starting to realize that this is my new home for the next few months.   Instead of going through each thing I have done thus far, I thought it would be fun to show pictures that highlight some of my most memorable moments here in Barcelona so far!

1.) My first time looking from the balcony of my room, I fell in love. This was such a profound moment because my heart melted and I could hardly believe that I had made it to Spain!

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2.) Arc De Triumf, one of the many beautiful infrastructures here in Barcelona. Not only is it amazing to look at, but apparently its a good spot to dance! I was walking to an event one day and captured a picture of this dance group simply WORKING IT to a Michael Jackson song. Seriously there is never a dull moment here!

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3.) There is no surprise that I am yet again talking about the food, but here are some of the amazing foods that I have discovered. First is patatas bravas ( a basket of potatoes with yummy sauce that I still do not know how to pronounce the name; Its a mixture of olive oil and mayonnaise I think!).  The next picture captures some of the many “Pinxos” that are popular here in Barcelona, they are simply small appetizers before a meal! soooo good and are only 1 Euro! Last there is the Gelato, needless to say, the best Gelato I have ever had!!

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3.) Day trip to Olot; Olot is located within the Province of Girona. It is about a little over an hour north of Barcelona.  It was amazing to see this part of Catalonia because there were a lot more trees, as well as many volcanoes.  The very last picture we are actually standing inside of a volcano, it was casual!!

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4.) Meeting New friends, most importantly meeting Jessica Watson who is from Australia! I seriously feel like I have known her for a very long time. We are seriously two peas in a pod; sometimes  we go on crazy adventures and cook together in our residence! My favorite moment with her is when we first tried making “Pan Con Tomate” which is literally bread with tomatoes, a very common side dish here in Barcelona.

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5.) Last, but certainly not least! was experiencing the end of the summer celebration “La Merce.” I have learned that many cities in Catalonia celebrate the end of summer with a FOUR DAY PARTY….Yes this lasted four days! there were a multitude of concerts, dances, and shows each night! My favorite part was the last show, which was at Parc Monjuics magical fountain. Practically all of Barcelona was there, there were fireworks, a water demonstration,  and the most amazing part was seeing how everyone lit up a candle and sung a harmonious song in Catalan! It was beautiful to see the essence of what community meant!

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There is so much that has gone on within this first month, I continue to be in awe! Well happy one month anniversary Barcelona, I’m ready for the next few months!!!

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