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03/22/2017

Living with your Local Flatmate, Ñam ñam!

by Lidia Llovera and Carlos Gómez (locals Flatmates Sp’17)

Lidia Llovera and her flatmates have a dinner together at least once a week! This way they get to enjoy each other’s company while enjoying a great meal made by them! Carlos Gómez, another local flatmate, also organized with his students a dinner night! And they decided to make delicious pizzas! The result looks really yummy! They sure enjoyed the preparation and the delicious result! Cooking and eating is a really nice and funny ac-tivity so what better that do it all together!

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11/29/2016

Having fun with my new friends! by Marta Delgado

I have shared lots of good moments with the girls of my apartment Sydney, Erica and Margaret since their arrival to Barcelona. We shared panellets and chestnuts during the typical festivity of la Castañada in Cataluña.

We have done other things together: we shared moments in the kitchen preparing delicious food and having lunch or dinner together in the apartment. We also like going to eat tapas together and to try new things. 

What we like doing the most is sharing moments when we are together at home having a tea or an ice-cream.

I hope they feel as if they were at home.

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11/22/2016

Living with my US flatmates! By Sergi Velasco

It was a Friday night and Liron, Ben and I decided to cook something homemade together for dinner. But we are not professional chefs, and what we knew best was “typical and topical student food”, so we got ready to cook the typical Student meal. J

We went to the supermarket to buy the ingredients, we put some background music to cook and we did some ¡¡TACOS!! It was very fun and the truth is that the tacos were really good.

3During the month of November, in the apartment we have organized some movie sessions with the Halloween theme. We prepared ourselves properly: we put some popcorn in the microwave, we fixed the technical difficulties with the computer, we closed the lights and action!

The first movie that we saw was Halloweentown, a horror movie which is a classic in the USA.  After that we saw the movie Los Otros, by Alejandro Amenábar, which is a horror and mystery movie.

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11/17/2016

Spanish Dinner in our Flat! By Javier Marban

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On September 27th, our Flat buddie Javier organized a Spanish dinner with typical Spanish dishes in the apartment with his flat mates Elliot, Brandon and Jack. In the dinner there were well-known homemade Spanish dishes. CIEE students knew most of them: Paella, Canelones, Tortilla de patatas, Arroz con leche and Pà amb tomàquet

There were some additional typical Spanish products like Chorizo and Queso Manchego

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Even though the typical national dishes are already internationally well-known, other products like chorizo or queso were completely unknown for the students, and of course they had a great welcoming! In the dinner there were more students of the CIEE program (students from other apartment).

03/31/2014

Calçotada

Name: Hilary
CIEE Barcelona Program:
Liberal Arts
Semester:
Spring 2014
Home School
: Vanderbilt University

Durante mi tiempo en Barcelona, he tenido muchas experiencias nuevas y divertidas que voy a recordar para el resto de mi vida. Un recuerdo que es muy bonito para mi es cuando mi programa y yo fuimos a una caminata a las colinas de Barcelona y después tuvimos una comida tradicional catalana. Este viaje fue el primer viaje con mi programa nuevo y con las personas que no conocía muy bien. Fue una oportunidad para conocer mi programa mejor y formar amistades duraderas.

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Primero, caminamos durante una hora y media al punto más alta de la colina y vimos una vista espectacular. Me quedé muy sorprendida por la belleza de Barcelona y de la capacidad de ver vistas hermosas tan cerca de mi casa en Barcelona. Conecté con la gente de mi programa mientras caminábamos por la colina hasta el restaurante catalán.

Quijotes2Cuando llegamos al restaurante, nos sentamos en una mesa larga en una habitación que tenía una vista espectacular de Barcelona. Los dueños del restaurante trajeron enormes cantidades de comida a nuestra mesa y muchos porrones con vino. Teníamos que aprender a verter el vino para apuntar a la boca en lugar de a la ropa. Fue una experiencia muy divertida y todos se rieron mientras tratábamos de dominar los porrones.

Quijotes3 El primer plato era los calçots que son como una cebolla a la parilla y son delicioso. El próximo plato era un plato grande de carne que incluye cordero, varios tipos de embutidos y carne de res. Nuestro postre era la famosa crema catalana hecha con yema de huevo, leche y azúcar. Todos estábamos llenos al final de la comida y listo para ir a casa a dormir una siesta. ¡Fue una experiencia magnifica en Barcelona!

03/06/2014

Comfort Food

Name: Crissy
CIEE Barcelona Program:
Liberal Arts
Semester:
Spring 2014
Home School
: Colby College

Me encanta la comida y siempre ha jugado un papel muy importante en mi vida. En los Estados Unidos cocinar y la comida me hacen pensar en pasar tiempo con mi familia y con mis mejores amigos, y siempre me produce una sensación de felicidad y un tipo especial de cariño, que sólo existe cuando estoy rodeada de mis personas favoritas y de algunos platos deliciosos.

Durante mi tiempo aquí en Barcelona, y en Europa por lo general, he tenido muchas ocasiones de continuar persiguiendo mis intereses en la esfera de la comida. Sin duda, Barcelona es una ciudad perfecta para los sibaritas de la cocina (“foodies”), porque está llena de restaurantes de cualquier tipo de comida, pastelerías, y mercados (como la famosa Boquería y el precioso mercado de Santa Caterina).

Con CIEE he tenido la oportunidad de participar en algunos talleres muy divertidos de cocina, incluyendo una clase de Cook and Taste y un taller de cómo hornear el pan. Además, a finales de marzo haré una clase sobre cómo preparar el chocolate. En la clase de Cook and Taste aprendimos a cocinar un menú español con una sopa de tomate fría, tortilla española, pan con tomate (pa amb tomàquet, en catalán), paella valenciana y crema catalana. ¡Qué rico! Tengo muchas ganas de intentar recrear estas recetas con mi familia en los Estados Unidos porque a ellos les encanta la comida española.

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Pero a lo mejor lo más importante es probar tantas comidas nuevas como sea posible durante este semestre. Durante los últimos dos meses he decidido comer cualquier comida que encuentro, incluyendo varios pescados con sus cabezas y espinas todavía intactas cuando llegan a la mesa. Confía en tu cocinero y pruébalo todo, ¡la comida siempre va a sorprenderte!

Aquí hay una lista con algunas de las exquisiteces que simplemente tienes que degustar durante un viaje a Barcelona: 

  • Mariscos frescos (de cualquier tipo)
  • Pan con tomate (¡Claro!)
  • Xurros amb xocolata (churros con chocolate, en castellano) en la calle de Petritxol en el Barrio Gótico o Sugiero que pruebes un suizo con churros, ¡es tan rico!
  • Cruasán de la pastelería Hoffman en el barrio del Born (mi favorito está relleno de frambuesas)

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¡Buen provecho!

01/27/2014

Peanut Butter and other reasons I love my homestay

Name: Ellen
CIEE Barcelona Program: Language & Culture
Semester: Spring 2014
Home School: University of Colorado Boulder

Before coming to Barcelona I was really torn on which housing assignment to choose. Long story short my advisor from home convinced me to do a homestay and I can honestly say it is the best decision I have made so far. My host family consists of a single mom around the age of 65. She is the absolute cutest women in the world and from day one treated me like her own child. The first time I left the house she ran through a long list of things I may have forgotten. She asked if I had a coat, the keys, an umbrella in case it rained, money, my phone, and my metro ticket. Typical questions my real mom would ask.

A few days after we moved in she heard me talking about how much I love and miss peanut butter. Spoiler alert: they do not eat peanut butter here. The next day I walked into the kitchen for breakfast to find a jar of peanut butter sitting on the table. Not only did she manage to find peanut butter, but she also set out every possible type of bread or fruit that you could eat peanut butter with. She laughed as she watched me try it on all the different things she set out, and I eventually convinced her to try in on a cracker. She loved it.

One detail I forgot to mention, my host mom only speaks Spanish. At times this is a little challenging but we always manage to either laugh and forget about it, or find a dictionary to look up the words we don’t know. Imagine trying to explain how you blew the fuse in the bathroom with your hairdryer in Spanish. I definitely did not learn those vocab words back in the states. No matter what the situation is, it always ends in both of us laughing and eventually figuring it out.

Living in a home stay has made my transition to Barcelona so much easier. Although I am half way across the world from my real home or family, I already feel like I can call this place home. I am beyond excited for the rest of the semester with my host mom!

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01/24/2014

cafe con leche

Name: Hanna
CIEE Barcelona Program: Language & Culture
Semester: Spring 2014
Home School: University of Colorado Boulder

Whenever I drink coffee in the States I’m running to my 8 am class, hoping I have a spare $5 to give to the incredibly overpriced, yet convenient coffee shop on my way to campus.  In Spain, it’s very different.  No one rushes down the street holding their venti Starbucks as if it’s the key to their own sanity. They, instead, enjoy every taste their coffee brings, which I must say is incomparable to the states.  

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I've found enjoying a cafe con leche with my new friends has been one of the most enjoyable way to spend my time here in Barcelona. A few hours becomes a combination of endless conversation with new friends and incredibly enjoyable people watching. 

TheoTheHeroOne day after orientation activities we were having cafe con leche in a little plaza in the Gothic area.  Two men came in the middle of the plaza and began playing lovely music.  Within about ten minutes about several police showed up and actually ticketed him and confiscated his chello! Apparently in the city of Barcelona it is actually illegal to play music in the streets without a permit, something this guy clearly did not have. 

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It was a very emotional event for everyone in the plaza.  People were yelling "muy feo" (very ugly) at the police in disapproval.  The man knew he was going to get in trouble and attempted to give his chello to anyone besides the police.  A guy in my program actually tried to help this guy out but then figured it was probably not a good idea to get involved with anything that involves the police! The police ended up taking the man's chello away in a large van.  It is little things like that, that I have been able to while enjoying the Spanish tradition of "cafe con leche".  

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01/21/2014

Business & Culture, Spring 2014, Issue I

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The Kings Have Arrived... And so have the students!

The students arrived in Barcelona tired and jet lagged on January 2nd. We threw them immediately into a week of orientation meetings, talks and tours, but they were saved by a day off on January 6th to celebrate Kings Day and the end of the Christmas season. 

What is Kings Day? Epiphany is celebrated 12 days after Christmas and marks the day the wisemen arrived in Bethleham with their gifts. Dia de Los Reyes is as important as Christmas itself here, especially for kids, as this is the day when they get their presents! Read more about the three kings.

Students went out on Jan 5th to watch the parade with their Guardian Angels (local student guides) as the kings arrived in the city, ready to distribute their toys. Thanks to Eric, from University of Vermont for the photos! See more of his incredible photography on his blog.

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Celebrating the Holiday with Host Families

A popular tradition on this day is to eat a Roscón, a sweet, donut-shaped bread. A plastic toy and a bean are buried inside the mixture. He or she who finds the toy gets good luck for the next year and is king for the day (with a crown and all), he who finds the bean, pays for the Roscon.

Asya, from Indiana University, wrote a blog post about living with a host family. On Kings Day "about 15 members of Ana's family came to her house for lunch... which lasted until dinner, where we chatted and shared the interesting differences between our home towns and Barcelona. It was awesome and kind of reminded me of Thanksgiving. Cynthia and I both got the king in our slices of the bread which was cute and exciting. And We woke up to gifts (a scarf, gloves, a book on Barcelona, and candies) from "the three kings" outside of our doors!" Read more here.

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Wildlife Sighting

While hiking up Tibidabo Mountain behind Barcelona on a CIEE Day Trip last weekend, we were greeted by 5 baby boar (javalí) searching for nuts. The boar are a common sight in the Collserola National Park, although they rarely come out during the day or that close to common paths. We were lucky to be able to see them, and even luckier that they didn't come with an angry mama!

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After the hike we went to a restaurant to try calçots, a typical Catalan winter treat. Onions are roasted and then steamed, at which point it is time to get messy. The difficult part is taking off the charred exterior, and then you can dip the onion in romesco sauce and lower it into your mouth. Joe, from University of Minnesota demonstrates with skill:

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01/13/2014

Language & Culture, Spring 2014, Issue I

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Welcome to Barcelona…

Two weeks ago we welcomed the group of 14 Spring 2014 Language and Culture Students. Orientation is still going on, and as usual, activities and events have been planned throughout the semester in order to accompany our students’ learning and intercultural experiences. UPF students Júlia and Irene are acting as Guardian Angels and have been sharing thoughts, long walks, tapas, chocolate con churros and welcome events with students. On Friday, the group enjoyed a hike up Tibidabo mountain and then had a calçotada, the traditional Catalan lunch based around roasted onions (calçots) accompanied by a delicious sauce (salsa romesco) made with peppers, olive oil and nuts.

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Last week we organized a special walking tour, in order for our students to explore the Gothic Quarter and understand its significance in shaping the city’s present identity. We explained the history along with fun facts and pointed out locations where popular movies have been filmed. We also talked about legends associated to the area.

DSC_1558In Plaza Sant Jaume we revived the city’s Roman past: the square, where the Barcelona City Hall and the Seat of Catalan Government are currently located, is the exact place where the Roman Forum was located. Since Roman times, Plaza Sant Jaume has been the location of the city's political and social debates. Moreover, the two main streets – Cardus and Decumanus – crossing Barcino (the Roman name of the city) met in the square, which still preserves its Medieval atmosphere.

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Another magical square is Plaza de San Felipe Neri, a hidden oasis located behind the Barcelona Cathedral. During the Medieval period, in this was a Jewish cemetery.  The square was built on the ruins of the cemetery and it bordered the edges of the Jewish quarter. Between 1721 and 1752 the baroque church that gives name to the square, the Church of San Felipe Neri, was built. During the Spanish Civil War a bombing killed 42 civilians that were seeking shelter inside the church. The façade of the church is still marked by this event. Yet, according to legend, the square was also used as an execution area. As Carlos Ruiz Zafón wrote in his bestseller novel The Shadow of the Wind: “Plaza de San Felipe Neri is like a small breathing space in the maze of streets that crisscross the Gothic quarter, hidden behind the old Roman walls. The holes left by machine-gun fire during the war pockmark the church walls. That morning a group of children played soldiers, oblivious to the memory of the stones. A young woman, her hair streaked with silver, watched them from the bench where she sat with an open book on her lap and an absent smile.” The music video of the song My Immortal by Evanescence was shot here as well.

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We also explored the Born area, whose iron market building has been recently reopened and converted into a Cultural Center, where archeological sites of Barcelona as it was in the 16th century are currently displayed. The Catalan word Born means “tournament”. The Passeig del Born was precisely the place where, from the 13th to the 15th centuries, people were used to gather to observe tournaments, festivals and inquisition practices. Besides, Passeig del Born has been traditionally a popular spot for movies or tv shows (our students had a great time reproducing a scene from a film on the Passeig del Born):

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A semester of history and stories, languages and cultures is opened for our students to discover and live. Spanish courses, CIEE classes and HESP classes at UPF start this week, many students have already showed their interest in volunteering as English Teacher Assistants at a local high school, the first Intercambio will be held very soon. We will, of course, keep you updated. In the meantime, please, like our Facebook Page to see pictures from our activities!