Not sure what program is right for you? Click Here
CIEE

© 2011. All Rights Reserved.

Study Abroad in

Back to Program Back to Blog Home

18 posts from April 2013

04/30/2013

Parc de la ciutadella

Name: Sam
CIEE Barcelona Program: Business & Culture
Semester: Spring 2013
Home School: University of Wisconsin - Madison School of Business

I thought I would write a blog post about Parc de la ciutadella for those of you still may not have discovered this gem. As you may have noticed on your walk to ESCI or just passed by on it a stroll the gorgeous park, there is a large fountain in northern corner. This amazing fountain is called Font de la Cascada. If you have not seen it I highly encourage you to go. It may not be one of the most famous attractions in Barcelona, but it is certainly, in my book, a must see. There are always tourists and even locals taking pictures here. An interesting fact this fountain is that it was loosely designed to resemble the Trevi Fountain (in Rome).

Blog3

  Another area of the park is the beautiful lake. There really isn't too much to the lake besides the fact that it is very romantic. When the weather is nice there are row boats on the lake that the public can rent. This appears to be a very popular thing to do for young couples. If you are looking for a fun thing to do, renting a boat on this lake could be an option.

Blog1
One more interesting thing on the edge of the park is the Barcelona Zoo. At one time the zoo was internationally known as the home of Snowflake, the only known albino gorilla. Admission into the zoo costs about 19.60 Euros, but it is very worth it. The zoo is pretty big and has quite an extensive collection of animals so you should give yourself at least an hour to walk around the entire thing. A few other interesting things about the zoo are that is was founded in 1892 by the mayor of Barcelona at the time. In the 1960's the zoo was positioned as a state of the art facility because it housed the first dolphinarium in Europe. Finally, in 1980, the zoo gradually joins international organizations in protecting nature.

Blog2

the beauty that lies between the sea and the mountains

Name: Lauren
CIEE Barcelona Program: Business & Culture
Semester: Spring 2013
Home School: Indiana University

As my days here in Barcelona are winding down, I am really starting to realize all the things I still have to do as well as all the amazing places I have already been to and seen. After being to Barcelona for my third time, I believe that through the courses I have taken this semester here, I have truly come to appreciate the real culture and beauty that lies between the sea and the mountains. The city has so more than enough to offer its people and visitors. After, making some unforgettable weekend trips these past couple of months, there has never been a time that I wasn’t ready to come home to Barcelona by Sunday night. I think Barcelona is such a great place, a simply enjoyable one at best.

P1010237(1)

I must say, my favorite days have not so much been sightseeing, but more or less wandering through the city and finding its hidden gems. Whether those be tiny stores in alleyways, restaurants in a secret plaza, candy stores, cafes etc. They all contribute to Barcelona as the icon and brand that it has developed itself into today, particularly since the 1992 Olympics. It has been fun being able to immerse ourselves into the local parts of the city and act like residents for a day, instead of just the temporary ones we are. Plus, the weather is always a motivation spend the day outside doing fun activities like walking around or hanging out at the beach. The sunsets are the best! Overall, I can’t imagine myself going home so soon and I will definitely miss Barcelona back in frigid Wisconsin!

P1010029

04/25/2013

Business & Culture, Spring 2013, Issue III

NewsletterBannerBarcelona

The Talented Side of Business + Culture

DSC04328This semester CIEE offered Kevin, from the University of Vermont, the opportunity to take some Flamenco guitar classes during his time here in Barcelona with a local teacher, David. After lots of practice, we all enjoyed a surprise performance at the Farewell Party where Kevin, together with our fantastic receptionist Elena and his teacher David, performed a typical “Rumba Catalana” song. Kevin and his teacher, David had clearly become close over the semester. David was so moved by Kevin’s effort and connection to the music, he decided to give him the Spanish guitar that Kevin had been using to practice with! Talk about a great souvenir! Below, you can see a small part of their performance, Kevin is in the middle with his teacher David (right) and our staff member Elena (left) singing. Olé!

                          

MANGO Company Visit

IMG_1868Ferran Macipe (top right) with his students from The Capitalist System: A critical Review, in front of the MANGO headquarters outside of Barcelona.

Ferran headed out of the classroom with is students for a hands-on visit to MANGO, learning about everything from the environmental friendly supply chain to the impact of the company within the international environment. MANGO’s first store was built in 1984 on Passeig de Gracia (Barcelona) and now has over 1200 stores in 102 countries.  They were the first Catalan clothing line to start shopping online in 2000. 

Barcelona as a Brand

Experience - Gaudí - Cristina FernandezBusiness + Culture students not only learned about the famous brand names around Barcelona and Catalunya, but discovered that Barcelona itself is a brand.  This semester almost half of the BC students enrolled in our Branding and Cultural Icons: the Case of Barcelona where they learned the importance of FC Barcelona and Josep Guardiola, El Bulli and Ferran Adrià, the Barcelona skyline, Catalan fashion and the representation of the city in the movies as forming Barcelona as a brand.  Cristina from Babson College says, “Through Barça, gastronomy, and art I have seen how proud people are to be from Barcelona, and could not be happier about my choice to study abroad here for five months.” Read more about Cristina’s experience and others like her in the Branding and Cultural Icons class in this blog post.

All Good Things Must Come to an End

DSC04303

Professors, staff, and students gathered in the picturesque Placa Real to say our goodbyes, share our experiences and eat one last Spanish lunch all together at Les Quinzenits restaurant.

Students had the time to reflect on their four months in Barcelona and when asked about her experience and advice to future students, Carly from Bradley University said: “I now look back at who I was as a person 4 months ago- a closed-minded, scared girl who wasn't able to look and see the big picture of things. My eyes were opened up to such a bigger world out there, and taught me how to appreciate the small things of the other place that I call my home. This experience have been the most trying of my life, full of trepidation, questions, fear, love, passion for life, new beginnings, and more.. But I wouldn't trade it for anything. The only big thing I regret is not grabbing the opportunity by the reigns and riding full force from the very beginning. To anyone traveling abroad here: don't be afraid to feel the way that I did. It is okay, just learn from my mistake and soak up every ounce of what you can while you are here. Travel to every single place you want to, try every new thing that you can, and start living life to the fullest here, because you will never have this chance again. Just live, love, and enjoy.” Read more about Carly’s experience (with some great photos) in her blog post.

04/23/2013

Liberal Arts, Spring 2013, Issue III

NewsletterBannerBarcelona

LA4RE-ENTRY WORKSHOP

The last day of the semester, LA students participated in the Re-entry Workshop, a session dedicated to reflect on their experience studying abroad in Barcelona, to understand the re-entry process and challenges, to learn strategies for adjustment and ways to stay globally engaged and how to incorporate their experiences into their daily lives. One of the activities consisted in sharing their best memory of the semester while forming a web between them, symbolizing their interconnection. Some of the best memories of our students shared were related to their experiences living with a host family, their volunteer work, and travelling.

LA5

VOLUNTEERING AT ESCOLA MONTSENY

This semester, four students volunteered and one completed an internship at a local school, Escola Montseny. Students worked as English teaching assistants helping with oral practice and communication skills. Lauren, from Providence College wrote on our blog, “I loved the time I spent with students at the school  and I was looking forward to that time each week. The professors were very nice and they took care of students. I had a lot of fun but I also learned a lot. Students helped me with my Spanish and I helped them with their English as we all learned about our cultures.”  You can read more in her blog post here.

LA1

PICNIC AT LABYRINTH PARK

LA3The last activity with our Quijotes students was a picnic at the Labyrinth Park in Barcelona. Students enjoyed it a lot; they shared their experiences, talked in Spanish, got lost in the labyrinth and wondered around some cascades, fountains and a forest.

“Reasons to love Barcelona” is the title of a blog post by Lucia from Washington University. She writes: “My favorite moments have been things I never considered before coming, such as walking alone in the city, make connections with people from my program, and the deep conversations at the dinner table with my Spanish host family. I have grown a lot with this experience and the lessons will be with me the rest of my life. Barcelona always will have a special place in my heart”. You can read more of Lucia's post here.

LA2

escuela montseny

Name: Lauren
CIEE Barcelona Program: Liberal Arts
Semester: Spring 2013
Home School: Providence College

IMG_2319

Mientras estuve en Barcelona, me ofrecí como voluntaria a una escuela pública llamada Montseny.  Fui allí una vez a la semana y ayudé con el programa de actividades extraescolares.  Me encantó el tiempo que tuve para estar con los estudiantes allí y lo esperaba que todas las semanas.  También, los profesores eran muy agradables y cuidaban mucho a los estudiantes. Me divertí un montón en el Montseny, pero también aprendí mucho.  Los estudiantes me ayudaron con mi español, yo les ayudé con su inglés, y  todos aprendimos sobre nuestras culturas.  Mi parte favorita de trabajar en Montseny fue que me puse a trabajar con los estudiantes jóvenes y mayores.

Los niños más pequeños con los que trabajé tenían unos 7-10 años de edad.  Eran muy divertidos y siempre reían..  Me quedé muy impresionada de lo bien que hablan inglés.  También, todos los estudiantes hablaban tres o cuatro idiomas.  Los niños siempre me preguntaban acerca de las tradiciones en los EE.UU. y también me contaban acerca de las tradiciones de España.  Fue interesante para mí comparar las dos culturas y ver lo diferentes que son. A una niña le encantó la historia de la tradición del Conejo de Pascua en los EE.UU..  En general, fue muy interesante ver cómo los niños de otro país crecen, y lo diferente que es de cómo yo crecí. 

Otra gran parte del voluntariado fue que me puse a trabajar con los estudiantes de la misma edad que yo.  De hecho, muchos de los estudiantes fueron a la misma universidad que yo en Barcelona.  Por lo tanto, tuve la oportunidad de relacionarme con estos estudiantes socialmente y académicamente.  Me dijeron un montón de cosas que hacer en Barcelona, ​​y yo les hablé de mi vida en mi universidad en los EE.UU..  Los estudiantes no podían creer que los estudiantes universitarios en los EE.UU. viven por su cuenta, y yo no podía creer que vivían con sus padres.  Además, fue interesante para mí aprender acerca de la vida en sus casas y con sus familias.  Por ejemplo, la mayoría de los estudiantes con los que hablé bastante hablaban una lengua con uno de los padres, y un idioma diferente con su otro progenitor.

En general, me encantó la experiencia de voluntariado en Montseny.  Los estudiantes y los profesores fueron geniales e inolvidables.  Todos estaban muy agradecidos de que yo viniera cada semana, aunque no pensé en ello como una carga.  En la escuela Montseny he aprendido mucho acerca de la parte académica y de la cultura en España y esto fue sin duda una de mis partes favoritas de mi tiempo en Barcelona.

04/22/2013

Language & Culture, Spring 2013, Issue III

NewsletterBannerBarcelona

DSC_00301The Language & Culture students at the CIEE study center with Resident Director, Marilena de Chiara

More Than A Club

“I find myself in the largest stadium in Europe. A tad fewer than 100,000 people are in the stands, getting ready for history. There’s no feeling like it. Before this trip to Barcelona, I didn’t even care much for football (soccer). This amazing city hosts FC Barcelona, the football team widely regarded to be the best in the world. The night before the game, I managed to find a ticket to “El Clásico”, the most important football game in Spain. This match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona is much more than another football match. The teams lay everything out on the table and refuse to lose to each other…” This is how Harsh, from Rutgers University, began his blog post, explaining his luck at seeing a Barça Madrid game from the famous Camp Nou stadium.

This semester students have spent time in classes and in the streets talking about Spain’s current political situation. They’ve met people that want Catalonia to be independent, some who want to remain united with Spain, and in their politics class they have discussed what the reproductions could be in both situations. As part of the LC seminar, we included a talk by professor Toni Raja, who compared the desire to Catalan Independence to other movements that happened throughout Europe over the past 500 years, and showing how the continent has been politically divided over time.

Nowhere are feelings of independence more obvious than in the Camp Nou stadium on a match against Madrid. The games are fueled by a century of rivalry as well as the political sentiments behind it. As the team slogan says, FCB is “Mes que un club” (More than a club) and it does mean more to millions of fans. Harsh’s experience, backed with the knowledge he has learned through his classes and discussions, is a great way to appreciate fully what this really means.

LC1You can read the rest of Harsh’s post here: http://study-abroad-blog-barcelona.ciee.org/2013/03/el-cl%C3%A1sico.html

How we’ve changed

DSC_0026Students share their favorite memories at the Re-entry Workshop

The LC seminar is meant to help students gain a deeper understanding of the culture they are visiting. Throughout the semester we have had a talk on politics, on local music, on tensions and stereotypes about this part of Spain vs other regions, and had time to reflect on and share experiences.

In the last session, the “re-entry workshop,” students had a chance to reflect on their time and to remember the moments (both good and bad) that made this an unforgettable experience. They identified and learned how to explain the ways that they’ve changed and matured (avoiding the “study abroad changed my life” phrase used all too often), and how they can include their new skills in job interviews and resumes in the future. We also discussed the cultural and physical challenges of returning home after study abroad and tips for how to overcome these.

DSC_0028Amun, from University of California, reads the letter she wrote to herself when she first arrived in Barcelona.

One of the best parts of the seminar is when students get back a letter they wrote to themselves on the first day of their program, 4 months ago. Most of them wrote the letter in Spanish and were able to see how much they had improved. Others laughed at what they had described as their “biggest fears” about study abroad. “I wrote that I was nervous about living with a host family and now I am so sad to be leaving them,” said Kate from Vanderbilt University, “It feels like someone else wrote this.”

One day

A poem written for our Spring LC students from Resident Director, Marilena de Chiara:


One day you wake up.
The sun is shining on your Barcelona.
Sun and light, trees and shadows, Mediterranean blue.
Colors and flavors right deep inside you.

Together with words: new words, real words, enchanting words.
Words translating your feeling, your senses, yourself.
Parpadeando, admirando, explorando.
Te encanta: this Spanish language you made your own.Then you walk and walk and think.
While thinking, you sing and sing and see.

You see history: Barcino, the Gothic quarter, the Medieval past. Then the Eixample, two International Exhibitions, Gràcia and Raval.
You see art: Gaudí, Picasso, Miró.
You see people: from here, from there, from everywhere.
You see food: Boquería, Santa Caterina, pan con tomate y crema catalana.
Saboreando.
In class you read, you listen, you learn: politics, elections, Spanish art and literature, poetry and metaphors, between tolerance and conflicts, social movements and contemporary media.
Language and culture.

In Barcelona, beyond Barcelona.
History and nature, Besalú and Montserrat.
Las Meninas and Guernica, art and war, streets and squares, Puerta del Sol: the same sun opening the doors of Madrid.
Viajando.
Compartiendo: thoughts, feelings, experiences.
In a seminar session, on a walking tour, in a cooking class, volunteering at the high school, looking your Intercambio partner in the eyes, having dinner with your host family, travelling with your friends.

And then you go back home (your home away from home), you close your eyes and smile.
And when you smile you breath and breath.
Picturing that day in your mind.
The moon is shining on your Barcelona.

One day.
Just one CIEE Barcelona day.
Your day.
Today.
Every day.

Experience - Tibidabo - Dina Sharara

Just another day in Barcelona. Photo by Dina, from Northeastern University on a CIEE day trip. For more photos student's submitted to the photo contest, click here.

04/18/2013

Architecture & Design, Spring 2013, Issue III

NewsletterBannerBarcelona

COMPOSITION IV: ESARQ PROJECTS PRESENTATION

IMG_20130413_131828The end of Spring term is already here and the students are finishing their projects for the semester. The students who took a class in the ESARQ host university had the final presentations of their projects for “Composition IV”. In pairs, they were asked to analyze a recently constructed building in Barcelona and sumarize it into the one main characteristic that defines the entire building. The students worked with sites like the Forum, the reform of Picornell Swimming Pool and the City of Justice by Chipperfield as the basis for their projects.

The students presented their completed projects and a 20x30 cm model and accompanying panel to explain their work to the jury, other students and the general public (it was an open house day at ESARQ). The jury gave feedback and graded the students on the quality of their presentation and their ability to identify and synthesize their project around a central theme.

CONFERENCE: FROM VANCOUVER TO BARCELONA

IMG_20130409_195021The AAAB (Agencia de Apoyo a la Arquitectura de Barcelona) and CIEE joined forces to organize a conference contrasting two of the most well know urban planning models of recent years: Barcelona and Vancouver. Rafael Gómez-Moriana, one of our Architecture Studio professors, moderated the discussion. The guest speakers were Dr. Trevor Boddy, from Vancouver, who explained his personal perspective on “Vancouverism” and “hybrid cities” and Dr. Francesc Muñoz from the UAB (Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona), who explained the most recent developments in urban planning in Barcelona and recent themes of "urbanization."

The students attending the conference were able to learn more about how these cities have grown and how a city can incorporate its personal image, brand and values into its structure. The guest speakers explained the complexity and variety of factors that come into the expansion and reconstruction of a contemporary city. It was great to have experts able to explain these themes using their first hand experience in cities so historically and geographically diverse!

20-TREVOR-BODDY-011-R

MEETING LOCALS

64820_10200388945059667_89384883_n (2)
Students have made an effort to get out of the "American Bubble" to meet locals and get involved in the daily life of the city. Abby, from Kenyon College, recently told us how she befrended Zalma, a student from Barcelona that goes to Elisava (one of our host institutions). Abby had joined an international student orientation at Elisava where she was introduced to some local students.

During her time in Barcelona, Abby, Zalma and their group of friends from Elisava have been getting together often to “make dinner together using recipes from our different homes.” Zalma invited them to her house for a Spanish night and they all made food together there together.

Now that it is almost time to leave, Abby and Zalma know for sure that they will keep in touch over the internet, using the social networks but that, unfortunately, they will have to wait awhile before they will be able to cook together again.

An Awesome and Inexpensive Afternoon.

Name: Charles
CIEE Barcelona Program: Business & Culture
Semester: Spring 2013
Home School: University of Wisconsin - Madison School of Business

Blog1
A couple Fridays ago a couple friends of mine and I came up with and idea for what to do for the afternoon.  One of them had been by this store in the Gothic quarter that rented bikes for prices that almost seemed to be too good.  So we went there to go check it out and it turned out the prices were 2 euros for 2 hours or 4 euro for 4 hours! (along with other options) We took the bikes out only planning on being on them for two hours but it was so much fun and time was flying by that we went well past.  We spent our time biking along the boardwalk as well as biking out by the W hotel and climbing on these big concrete blocks out there that were covered in cool graffiti and right on the ocean.  We took a healthy amount of time to appreciate the beautiful and unique scenery and then got back on our bikes to cruise the boardwalk some more.  We then biked to MNAC to watch the amazing fountain show as it was now dusk.  The bike rental shop closed at nine and we left the fountain show at 8:40 so we frantically biked down Gran Via to layetana to return the bikes before the shop closed and cost us an extra day worth or rental.  It was a dramatic way to end to end what was such a fun and calm afternoon but we reached the shop with two minutes to spare.  Quite the afternoon for just 4 euro!

04/16/2013

my experience in Barcelona

Name: Carly
CIEE Barcelona Program: Business & Culture
Semester: Spring 2013
Home School: Bradley University

 After much deliberation, I decided to write on my experience here in Barcelona overall. It was a difficult decision to pick out what to write about since there are so many amazing topics, but I chose this because I wanted to write something that someone who is traveling abroad in the future who may be feeling a certain way can relate to. I'm sure we all had a mixture of feelings coming to Barcelona- nerves, excitement, happiness, sadness all bundled in one. For me, however, it took me a little while to find that happiness before and a little after I came to Barcelona. To give you all a little background just so you understand, I am a Marketing and Spanish major, so studying abroad in a Spanish country has always been put on the "plan" for me. The "plan" was essentially my recipe for optimal success and experiences in my college years, which has continuously been increasing with more points as I have gone through college. For anyone that knows me, I have a very friendly and vivacious personality. I have never been shy and have always been up for new adventures. However, the closer and closer it came to have to go study abroad, the more and more I didn't want to go. This shocked my parents, and despite my push-backs, they told me that I was going this semester and that was final. I know it sounds ridiculous basically saying, "My parents made me go to Barcelona for a semester"-which now, I admit, IS absolutely ridiculous- but at the time, it didn't seem to make sense to me. I had great friends and a boyfriend at school, I was getting good grades, had a job that I was successful in, was involved in multiple organizations... You name it, I did it. So that is why I was so reluctant to leave. I thought, if I had everything going for me back home, why would I leave it and come back only to start all over again? Plus, now that I think about it, the more my parents pushed for it, the more I pushed back. You know, typical college girl stuff. 

Photo1
So- I celebrated with my friends before I left, had very sad goodbyes, and then there I was, New Year's Day, on the plane to Barcelona crying my eyes out. I was terrified and very sad. I couldn't help to feel a twinge of excitement as well, because I do love to travel. I arrived the night before orientation in order to get settled. I felt more confident after having a full conversation with the can driver on the way to the hotel, thinking how much of the language that I was going to learn here. So, I got to the hotel where orientation was going to be held before my other two friends from school arrived from their flights. I took a nap and then went to dinner with the girls. We went to a place recommended by the hotel. We arrived. The menu was in Catalan (what?!), and I unknowingly ordered some form of paella with full crawfish on top of it. That was it. I was horrified at first, but then thought, "Ah, when in Barcelona!" So, I ate the thing, and my stomach started hurting. It was an interesting meal for all of us. I ignored my stomach and began the trek back to the hotel, eager for a night of horizontal sleep. On the way back, we were recruited into a small Chupitos bar where a big Jamaican man with a king's crown poured us Chupitos of tequila. We began to feel Spanish ourselves, and reasoned that as real Spaniards, we should venture out to the clubs our first night. So, we bought some beverages and drank them until our noise level got us shooed out of the hotel at 2am. We then took a cab to Shoko, one of the clubs by the beach. Right as we walked in, we were pretty much attacked by a group of Italian men (and boy, are they persistent), had a few more drinks, and before I knew it, my iPhone was gone! I couldn't believe it. My mom had prepped me for pickpockets months before I came here, and it happened to me the first night?! I was hysterically crying, completely inebriated, and we went back to the hotel. Needless to say, I barely woke up for orientation the next day and had to leave to get sick the whole information session. What a great first impression! I felt so guilty, and thought, "Well, this is a great start to Barcelona!" I was sick until 6pm the next day. Barcelona nightlife is no joke! My host family was fantastic- I was very glad I chose to live with a family. It consists of my host mom, Dora, who is aDORAble (get it?) and her three beautiful children. Another student lives with us as well, and she is a very nice girl. I got lucky. Great way to practice my Spanish, too. I definitely suggest living in a homestay. 

Photo2
The only thing about living in a homestay is, well, it can get lonely if you aren't active about putting yourself out there. I would make lots of acquaintances and go out with various groups people, which was fine, but after a while, you just want someone that you become close to who you can hang out with during the days on the weekends. I would call my parents and friends crying and crying because I didn't feel at home. They were shocked because it really wasn't like me to have trouble adjusting. I was just very lonely. Through this, I realized quickly that I needed to stop feeling down about this and suck it up. So, I started to branch out and make real connections. That was when I started to find a great group of friends to hang out with and travel with. The one thing I started to regret was not finding these people earlier. Making these friends helped me get out there and see Barcelona, which is an incredible city. La Sagrada Familia, La Boqueria, the beach, Park Guell, and just the whole feeling and rhythm of the city were just a few things that I discovered here in good old Barcelona. I became one of the citizens, speaking Spanish comfortably, dancing until dawn at the hottest nightclubs, even getting the hot Spanish nerve to chase down a mugger and get my purse back! (Worth it, by the way.) I began to feel more at home. 

Photo3

The best part, besides my amazing friends, happens to be the travel. I would never trade the travel for anything in the world! I think about my life in the future- knowing me, I will jump right into trying to be the best in a new career, maybe get married eventually, have some kids... And when will I ever have time to travel all over Europe? Never. It would be too costly of my time and money, and looking back at this, I am able to say that I have experienced things that I will never forget throughout a lifetime. I've seen Brussels, Gran Canaria, Madrid, Tarragona, Budapest, Vienna, Paris, Rome- not to mention an amazing spring break in Florence, Cinque Terre and Tenerife where I experienced the best of beaches, pizza, pasta, wine from the bottle, true friendships sparking, music festivals, dancing, crazy nights where you have never felt so alive... Just to name a few. Never would I give any of this up. 

Photo4
Photo5

I now look back at who I was as a person 4 months ago- a closed-minded, scared girl who wasn't able to look and see the big picture of things. My eyes were opened up to such a bigger world out there, and taught me how to appreciate the small things of the other place that I call my home. This experience have been the most trying of my life, full of trepidation, questions, fear, love, passion for life, new beginnings, and more.. But I wouldn't trade it for anything. The only big thing I regret is not grabbing the opportunity by the reigns and riding full force from the very beginning. To anyone traveling abroad here: don't be afraid to feel the way that I did. It is okay, just learn from my mistake and soak up every ounce of what you can while you are here. Travel to every single place you want to, try every new thing that you can, and start living life to the fullest here, because you will never have this chance again. Just live, love, and enjoy. 

Photo6

04/15/2013

Flamenco en Sevilla

Name: Eric
CIEE Barcelona Program: Liberal Arts
Semester: Spring 2013
Home School: Macalester College

Blogflam

 “Si va a Andalucía, tiene que ver flamenco.”  Esto es lo que nos dijeron, y lo que siempre había oído.  Por lo tanto, cuando todo el grupo de Artes Liberales de CIEE fue en un viaje a Sevilla, me alegré de oír que haríamos algo que tanto nos habían dicho hacer.  Ahora, esperaba algo fantástico.  Algo diferente.  Y lo conseguí, pero era muy diferente de mis nociones preconcebidas del baile flamenco.  Habíamos tomado una clase corta en la Casa sobre el baile flamenco, pero estaba muy seguramente que no soy un profesional.

Llegamos al teatro un sábado por la noche para encontrar un espacio muy íntimo lleno de espectadores.  Me senté con unos amigos al nivel superior.  Era como si nos estaban cas suspendida sobre el escenario.  Lo que empezó con un talento cantado pronto se convirtió en las palmas, pisoteando, espectáculo completo.

Era un rendimiento informal, muy gratificante para mirar.  En vez de estar en un teatro grande y oscuro, estábamos básicamente en la escena con los ejecutantes.  Los miramos mover sus manos y pies, haciendo ruidos que eran muy fuertes aún sorprendentemente hermosos.  Miramos a los cuatro ejecutantes sudar (uno de los cuales tuvo una interrupción momentánea en un momento para aguantar su respiración y permitir que el público un momento para reírse de este escenario) y el ajetreo de la escena.  La vista de la mecánica tanto como el acontecimiento flamenco actual era fascinante.  Creo que hemos llegado a comprender mejor de qué va en cada espectáculo de flamenco.  Durante más de una hora, cuatro personas fueron derramando su corazón en el escenario.

Al final, cuando nos levantamos para salir, tejiendo el camino a través del área de la escena y del teatro donde acabábamos de ver una obra de arte hermosa y abstracta, no estaba completamente seguro cómo interpretar lo que había visto.  Pero, si no entendí las palabras que fueron pronunciadas o ser capaz de traducir la danza en palabras, estoy muy contento de haber llegado a ver el flamenco cuando en Sevilla.