Austin from Indiana University-Bloomington jumps (climbs) right in!
While most of the Business + Culture students, who arrived a couple weeks ago, have spent their time getting adjusted and learning their way around the city, Austin decided to immediately join the Barcelona Castellers (Catalan human towers) Team.
He says, “It's been a really awesome opportunity. I asked my Guardian Angel, Laia if I could come watch them perform during La Diada (September 11th Catalan Holiday). When I arrived she handed me a "faixa" and a team T-shirt and said I would be in the castell. Also, this was the main castell, right in front of the stages during the largest political rally in European history. That experience convinced me to join the Castellers de Barcelona. It's been a fantastic way to meet locals and get the real Catalan experience!”
Sounds like such an amazing experience and we just ask that you stay on the ground level, ok Austin?
History at their fingertips
One of Business + Culture’s new professors, Jesús Marchán, takes his Past and Present class into the center during the first week of class. Why learn about the Jewish quarter and its history inside the classroom, when you can just step right out of the study center? Past and Present is one of CIEE’s longest running and most popular courses as it is an interdisciplinary approach to the history of Barcelona, including art, history, and urban planning.
ESCI welcomes Business + Culture Students
Students attended the ESCI welcome meeting and cocktail where they got their final schedules and got a chance to meet some of the local students they would be sharing their classes with. They also had the chance to meet with Jordi Puig, the Head of Studies at ESCI.