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10/07/2013

Barcelona!!!

Name: Ally
CIEE Barcelona Program: Architecture & Design
Semester: Fall 2013
Home School: University of Florida

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My housemate, Paige, and I :)

I’ve been having the time of my life! Seriously. Words cannot describe how happy I am with the decision to study abroad. I highly reccomend this to anyone and everyone in the whole world. The world is beautiful! Magnificent! But there are no guidebooks on the planet that can truly prepare you for moving across the world. Traveling is one thing... living here is just unbelievable.

It will be 4 weeks on this upcoming Tuesday… 1 whole month!! I can proudly say that I’ve had the best day of my life every single day for the past 3 1/2 weeks & I plan to have an amazing 3 more months!

What have I been up to? Let’s see.. in just this short period of time there have been 2 huge holidays. The first being September 11th (the day of Catalunya) & the second being La Mercè, the 5 day festival of Barcelona. And get this, each of those holidays I didn’t have class! I had the day the celebrate and roam and just have a splendid time here in Catalunya! 

I also went to my first professional fútbol game, and started practicing with a local team.

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Espanyol vs. Bilbao :D

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First day of practice!!! It felt amazing to be on the field again.

The day of Catalunya was amazing. I witnessed history this day. For the very first time ever, local Catalans decided to organize and human chain to cover the entire length of Calatunya... 400+ km & I was a part of it! I definitely passed the Catalan pride test with flying colors... it wasn’t until they heard me speak that anyone thought I wasn’t anything less then a very devoted Catalan local. Haha!! It was pretty fun..I cannot even count the number of people that stopped to take my photo.

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The history of this day is great, yet kind of strange for me. This same day that I was celebrating here in Catalunya, my fellow Americans were having a solemn day at home. It definitely felt weird to have an absolutely wonderful day on 9/11. However, the “Day of Calatunya” is not exactly a celebration for the reason that you might think. On 9/11 in 1714, the Catalans lost the war for their independce from Spain. Strange right? Well after much thought and research, I realized that they are celebrating their strength and ability to pull through and still stand tall. Whether they lost or not, they still claim that they are separate from Spain and on this day they, in a sense, celebrate how great it is to not be Spain (technically or not) and commemorate the men and women who worked hard, and still do work hard, to let their voice be heard. Beautiful.

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The human chain (open to see the full size).

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 With my host mom’s daughter and brother’s family.

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Catalan pride at it’s best :)

The second holiday (La Merce) was actually a 5 day long festival that is only celebrated in Barcelona, and is awesome!

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Castellers- The ‘sport’ of Barcelona. Basically really brave people who make human towers!!

Fire-breathing dragons, human towers, talented circus and street art performers, sounds from Catalonia and from across the globe… If you have had the good sense to plan your trip to the Catalan capital during the festival of La Mercè, you will have the opportunity to delve into its veritable soul. Over the course of the festival, Barcelona is filled with music, revelry, fireworks, traditions and street arts in a unique blend of festivities, which not only reveals the most avant-garde and creative side of the city but also offers the chance to discover traditions that define the nature of the Catalan people in general and of the people of Barcelona in particular."

Yep. Pretty much. Thousands of artists to hear and watch and things to do and see & when they say fire breathing dragons they’re not lying. “Among the most striking features present in Catalan festivals. In the correfoc, a group of individuals will dress as devils and light fireworks. While dancing to the drums of a traditional gralla drumming, they will set off their fireworks among crowds of spectators.”

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 This photo was so worth the burn on my leg!

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…ouch! Pretty freakin’ intense. I was having an amazing time run through the streets with my housemate and then 5 minutes before we head home... boom. Firework straight to the thigh!!! It’s been about 4 days now and I think it’s about time I go to the doctor.

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I’ve been meeting some great people and have made amazing friends. My roommate, Paige (we share a homestay) on the left, is awesome! Seriously would not have been having such a great time without her. And in the middle is my other awesome Florida gal, Christina! 

Stay tuned for more awesome stories, because there are surely more to come.

*See more of Ally's stories on her blog: http://ak2spain.wordpress.com/

07/17/2013

Newsletter Summer 2013 Programs, Issue II

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Summer Language & Culture

Students enrolled in the seven weeks LC program enjoyed an extraordinary opportunity to discovering Barcelona and Spanish culture through Arts and Architecture. They explored the foundations of Romanesque and Gothic Art the MNAC (Nacional Museum of Catalan Art). At the Picasso Museum they analyzed the relationship between the famous painter and the city, while understanding his artistic journey from Realism to Cubism. Visiting La Pedrera, students were able to appreciate main feature of Modernista architecture through Gaudí’s personal style and inspiration. Finally, working in small groups throughout the entire program, students have analyzed the transformation of Barcelona in the 21st century, identifying new skylines, symbolic building and artistic expressions, such as graffiti and urban art forms.

Intercambio summer 2013 demasie (20)At a language exchange with local students.

Through intensive Spanish classes, the students have greatly improved their language skills, engaging in creative and diverse activities, such as sharing a recipe with their host-family, understanding local gastronomy and its social meaning by visiting markets, reading newspapers with different focuses or interviewing local people. The Intercambios (language exchange nights) also provided an opportunity to practice Spanish and meet local students.

Students also participated in talks with guest speakers on Spanish Politics and the relationship between Barcelona and its world famous soccer club, Barça: more than a club. As Barcelona: more than a city, through language and culture.

Transborder Aire (10) copia Students got a birds-eye view of the Barcelona skyline from the staggering heights of the Transborador Aeri

Architecture & Design

The summer Architecture Foundations program, in which students are designing an archi-tourism information pavilion in the old port, recently visited the architectural office of Frediani Arquitectura situated in the famous Casa Planelles, by Josep Maria Jujol. Architect Arturo Frediani not only gave us a lecture on his work, but also provided us with a tour of the house, providing anecdotes such as the surprise visit to his office one day by actor John Malkovich, who was fascinated by Casa Planelles as he passed by it. The CIEE studio was visited this summer by two former CIEE AD students, who provided critical advice to the students in a mid-term review of their work. Students explored techniques of model-making, drawing, and in situ sketching during excursions to buildings such as the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion or the Pavilion of the Second Spanish Republic by J.L. Sert.

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Architecture students at the Santa Caterina market.

Summer Contemporary European Culture (Prague - Barcelona)

Students in the Summer Contemporary European Culture multisite program arrived in Barcelona after their Prague experience. They took their second class here: Urban Culture in Contemporary Barcelona as a continuation of their academic program. This course is a glance to the Barcelona’s “non official” culture. Beyond the well known sites, museums, buildings, and icons of the culture and art of the city, there is another Barcelona. Other cultures and arts have grown in the last decades and given a new reputation to the city. In this course students reviewed some of these cultures such as graffiti, comic, sports, literature and cooking. The comparison with other cultural activities let them understand the differences, and also the similarities between de most known culture of Barcelona and these new movements.

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Urban Culture in Contemporary Barcelona class explores the city streets

Summer Language and Culture Modular Program

Students in the 3.5 weeks of the Summer Language and Culture Modular Program enjoyed their class, excursions, cultural activities and a weekend trip. The second overnight trip of the program took the students from all 4 programs to Valencia were they had a guided tour of the old town, sailed through the wetlands of La Albufera and enjoyed traditional paella valenciana. They also visited the City of Arts and Sciences, a cultural complex with impressive architecture designed by Santiago Calatrava, which includes an Aquarium, a Science Museum, 3D Theatre and a Opera House.

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Cruising the Albufuera a natural reserve and the birthplace of paella!

Follow us on facebook!

On our facebook page (www.facebook.com/cieebarcelona) where you can see many more photos of the activities we've been doing this summer as well as info on news and events happening in the city. Click here for the full album! You can also vote for your favorites in the student's Photo Contest.

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Alex, from Princeton, submitted this photo to our photo contest.

06/18/2013

Newsletter Summer 2013 Programs, Issue I

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SUMMER ARCHITECTURE

Students in CIEE's Summer Architecture program take a Foundations Architecture Studio. For this class, they are not only visiting great buildings, urban spaces and architectural offices in Barcelona, but are also designing an “archi-tourist information pavilion” in Barcelona's old port, the traditional urban gateway through which thousands of cruise ship passengers pass every day. The pavilion is intended to be an information stand, a meeting place for architectural walking tours and to hold a small multimedia exhibition. But most importantly, students are working on designing a structure that is expressive of the city's urban-architectural heritage.

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Students enrolled in our Summer LC program are greatly improving their Spanish language skills while experiencing local culture from a privileged perspective. Through the arts, architecture and design they are exploring the city, learning about its past and present, artists and styles, history and traditions. Both the language and the content classes include tours and observations of the Gothic quarter (which encloses Barcelona’s past), the Eixample (the 20th century expansion of the city), the Raval neighborhood (with its cultural blending) or the new 22@ tech district. All students are creating personal portfolios as result of their learning experience: we will share more details with you soon!

SUMMER CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL ISSUES IN EUROPE (barcelona + amsterdam)

Students at the Summer Contemporary Social Issues multisite program Barcelona/Amsterdam are taking their first class “Spain Today: Politics and Society.” This course examines some of the major political, social and economic changes that have taken place in Spain since the end of Francisco Franco’s dictatorship in 1975. There are several site visits during the course including the Catalonian Parliament, a Spanish Civil War bomb shelter, the Museum of the City of Barcelona, the Museum of the History of Catalonia and a tour of the immigrant neighborhood of Raval, among others. In Amsterdam, they will be taking the course Contemporary Dutch Social Policy and there will be sessions where they will be able to compare Barcelona and Amsterdam.

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SUMMER LANGUAGE + CULTURE MODULAR PROGRAM

Students in the 3.5 week Summer Language and Culture Modular Program are enjoying their class, site visits, excursions, and cultural activities we offer them. On one of the day trips, the students went to Tarragona, a city in the southern part of Catalonia, to admire the UNESCO World Heritage Roman ruins. We toured the city, visited the Roman Circus, Amphitheatre, city walls and the old quarter. After a guided tour, students had some free time where they were able to explore more of the city and enjoy the Mediterranean sea.

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All Programs: Costa Brava Weekend Trip

Last weekend we took the students to the Costa Brava and French Catalonia. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy these areas, and while we had a lot of fun in the sun, students were also able to learn about Catalan history and its ties to the land.

We started with a guided tour of the city of Girona. Founded by the Romans, the city has wonderful ruins and picturesque medieval streets. We visited a medieval monastery, the protective walls and the historic Jewish quarter. The highlight of Girona, however, was a special treat – an ice cream from Rocambolesc, the dessert shop opened recently by one of the brothers at Cellar Can Roca, voted best restaurant in the world in 2013!

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After Girona we went to the coast where we had a traditional Catalan lunch and then went sailing in a 100 year old fishing boat. We learned about the maritime tradition of the coast, tried some traditional tapas (food was a big theme of the weekend) and got to swim in a very special cove that is part of a nature reserve. We saw the house where Truman Capote went to write In Cold Blood and even spotted a moon fish!

Sunday we got up early to cross into France where we got to see how Catalan identity remains in this region. We visited a castle that has defended the Catalans, the Spanish and the French all in their turn. It was even used to house refugees crossing the border at the end of the Spanish revolution.

A quick crepe for lunch and we were back on the bus so that we could get to the Dalí museum in Figueres. Dalí designed the museum himself, and is buried in it. The guides really help give a more in-depth understanding of the life of Dalí and how those influences appear in his work. Even tired from two busy days in the sun, the students were attentive and asked lots of questions. We had a fantastic weekend! You can see our photos on our facebook page and a video of the weekend here:

 

04/18/2013

An Awesome and Inexpensive Afternoon.

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

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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!

04/15/2013

Flamenco en Sevilla

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

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 “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.

04/12/2013

Razones por las que siempre amaré Barcelona…

Name: Lucia
CIEE Barcelona Program: Liberal Arts
Semester: Spring 2013
Home School: University of Washington

Blog03Con sólo una semana preciosa dejado aquí, en Barcelona, la ciudad que he llegado a amar tanto en los últimos cuatro meses, he reflexionado sobre esta experiencia. Antes de mi experiencia de estudios extranjeros, yo tenía muchas ganas pero realmente no sabía qué esperar. Mi tiempo aquí, las cosas que he aprendido, la gente que he conocido y las cosas que he visto han superado cualquiera de las expectativas que tenía.

Blog01Me encanta esta ciudad única, entre las montañas y el mar Mediterráneo. Me encanta la música, la arquitectura, el arte y los idiomas. Hay un cierto sentimiento de esta ciudad que sería difícil de explicar a alguien que nunca ha visitado. Se siente lleno de vida incluso a las 5 de la mañana y de alguna manera hay un brillo al cielo incluso en días nublados que no es el mismo que en Washington.

Blog02Las cosas que estaba más emocionado por antes de venir eran las cosas normales como ver Park Güell por primera vez y hacer excursiones a otras partes de Europa, pero al final de la experiencia ... mis momentos favoritos eran cosas que nunca consideré antes de mi llegada, como caminar de nuevas partes de la ciudad sola, hacer conexiones con personas en mi programa y conversaciones profundas sobre el mundo en la mesa de la cena con mi familia española. He crecido mucho con esta experiencia y las lecciones se quedarán conmigo por el resto de mi vida. Barcelona ​​siempre tendrá un lugar muy especial en mi corazón.

 

04/11/2013

El Barrio Borne

Name: Lynne
CIEE Barcelona Program: Liberal Arts
Semester: Spring 2013
Home School: George Washington University

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Una de mis favoritas experiencias en España ere el día en que me perdí en el barrio de Borne. Fue uno de nuestros primeros fines de semana en la ciudad y un par de mi amigos estábamos tratando de visitar las atracciones turísticas. En este punto, estando en la ciudad durante una semana y nos confiados mucho sobre nuestro sentido de dirección y capacidad para navegar por la ciudad.

En primer lugar, nos bajamos en un lugar muy lejos de Jaume I. Caminamos por la calle y después busque una de las calles más pequeñas cerca del Museo Picasso. Terminamos tomando un descanso en una cafetería oculto y conseguimos algunos tan necesitado café con leche. Fue tan delicioso! Luego, nos dimos cuenta de que necesitábamos un poco de ayuda, so le pedimos algunos locales si podría señalar a nosotros en la dirección correcta. Resultó que nos encontrábamos en el Borne todo el tiempo!


 Dejamos la principal calle y hacer nuestro camino en las pequeñas callejuelas del Borne. En el camino, nos topamos con pequeñas tiendas con ropa única y joyería, grande lugares para encontrar recuerdos y otras interesantes tiendas y restaurantes. Intentamos utilizar Google Maps para encontrar el Museo, pero equivocadamente encontramos un bar de temática de Picasso en lugar del Museo real! Hemos optado por seguir.

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Desafortunadamente, habíamos ido un poco demasiado lejos y acabó en el Passeig de Colom. Aquí, que toda la ciudad se abrió a una gran calle con hermosas palmeras. Fuimos sorprendidos en lo cerca que nos quedamos al océano! Era tan diferente de las pequeñas calles que nos habíamos explorado. Todavía no teníamos ni idea donde estaba el Museo Picasso y pidió a una chica si ella podría apuntar en la dirección correcta. Ella nos dijo que eran "muy muy lejos!", pero que debía continuar hasta el Passeig de Colom y volver al Borne.

Aún así, era un día hermoso y continuamos en nuestra búsqueda. Nos dijeron que nos encontraríamos con una enorme iglesia gótica y una vez que llegamos a esa iglesia, estaríamos sobre una calle del Museo. En nuestro camino a la iglesia, vimos algunas increíble obras de arte callejero que cubrió un edificio entero. Nos detuvimos en un lugar que venden helado delicioso. Vimos más diversión, tiendas únicas y bares y restaurantes que parecía eran increíble, estábamos tan cerca del Museo Picasso que decidimos volver a hacerlo después.

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Finalmente, llegamos a nuestro destino, el Museo Picasso! Me encantó ver todos las obras de Picasso y fue especialmente intrigado por su estudio de las Meninas. Sin embargo, tanto como me encanta la historia del arte, yo no pude evitar seguir pensando de lo emocionado que estaba para seguir explorando el barrio del Borne.

Después de terminar mirando todas las obras de Picasso, decidimos ir hacia atrás a la Iglesia de Santa María del Mar. Entre y estaba tan asombrada por la belleza de la iglesia. No podía creer que estaba escondida allí todo el tiempo! Cuando nos sentamos en la banca, pensé sobre el gran día que había tenido. Pensé en cómo no pudimos haber escogido un mejor lugar para perderse.

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 Me di cuenta de que habíamos estado tan necios pensando que teníamos que marcar los destinos turísticos, porque el real Barcelona, lo que habíamos venido a estudiar y sumergimos en, era las tiendas más pequeñas, las joyas ocultas, la iglesias y museos, todos cada aspecto de la los barrios. Barcelona no puede explicarse en una guía, y definitivamente no podemos confiar en nuestros teléfonos para nosotros llegar a ninguna parte. Aprendí que lo mejor era explorar sin miedo. Tengo que confiar en mi español y aprender que perderse un poco esta bien.

04/09/2013

La Boqueria

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

Filled with locals, tourist and vendors La Boqueria is an awesome spot to stroll through on your spare time or to stop by for a quick bite to eat. The official name of the market is Mercat de Sant Josep and was built in honor of the Sant Josep convent that was destroyed in a fire around 1835. In 1914 the market was redesigned with its current iron frames giving feel to its Modernista style. La Boqueria is now one of Barcelona’s largest public markets with over 100 stalls located right on Las Ramblas. The market is filled with colorful fruit, decadent chocolate and fresh meat and seafood. Many of the vendors even offer free samples to customers who pass by. In order to avoid large crowds, the best time to go to La Boqueria is early in the day. If visiting La Boqueria I suggest buying a 2 euro fruit smoothie- perfect to take on the go! 

Source: http://www.aviewoncities.com/barcelona/laboqueria.htm

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03/28/2013

The Magic Fountain

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


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I had heard about the magic fountain from the minute I met all of the kids in CIEE. I heard that it was something everyone had to see when they came to Barcelona. I had no idea where it was or what this Monjuic area involved or what was so special about any of it. It wasn´t until my friend had people visiting her from her school that I even ventured into that area. None of us knew much about Monjuic and actually had a bit of trouble getting to the spots we wanted to see. We paid 10 euro for a round trip to go up the furnicular and then it ended up closing before we even had the chance to ride it down. Most of the group felt discouraged from this trip and decided that they wanted to go home and take a nap. But my friend Katie and I decided that we needed to see what this magic fountain was all about. It was the best decision we ever made.

We watched the show just as the sun was setting to a music score filled with Celene Dion, classical pieces, and a few Disney tunes. Both Katie and I just sat there, our minds filled with wonder, thinking about how lucky we are to live in a city like this. When the show was over we turned around to see the art museum and pillars all lit up with beams of light shooting from behind the art museum. It was the greatest experience to see the difference of the plaza from light to dark. I think I will always say that seeing the fountain in Monjuic has been my favorite experience since coming to Barcelona and absolutely everyone must see it before they leave.

http://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/albums-en/magic-fountains-montjuic/

03/23/2013

El Clásico

Name: Harsh
CIEE Barcelona Program: Language & Culture
Semester: Spring 2013
Home School:  Rutgers University

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.

As soon as I walked into the stadium, I was originally underwhelmed. I must have arrived 30 minutes before the start of the game and about half the seats were empty. I was definitely confused. 28 minutes later, the stadium is packed jam tight with people. There is barely any room to move. Every person is waving a flag, waiting for the game to begin.

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Cool moment in the game:

In the year 1714, Catalonia was absorbed into Spain. To honor the year, at 17:14 every half, the “Catalonia: Europe’s Next State” banner comes out.

Going to an FC Barcelona game is a “must” in any long trip to Barcelona. It doesn’t necessarily have to be against Real Madrid to be an experience of a lifetime. The tickets for games are easy to get at any FC Botiga store or online at https://entrades.fcbarcelona.cat/. Their stadium, Camp Nou, is easy to get to by metro and hosts the “Camp Nou Experience,” the second most visited museum in Barcelona. The stadium is often considered the Mecca for football fans.

If you are already a fan or want to be more than just an observer, I’d recommend going to:

http://en.fanchants.es/football-team/barcelona/

It’s a good website to pick up on some major chants and “El Cant de Barça”, the most important song to know. There are English translations as well for those who want to know what they are actually saying. Below, I have a video that I took of the song before the game. There’s nothing quite like 100,000 people waving flags and singing in unison with passion.

A few more tips for interested people:

1.  BRING FOOD!!!  The security is more than okay with you bringing food with you. I would go as far as to say that I was one of the few people who didn’t bring a bocadillo with me.

2. If you really want to go to a major game and don’t want to pay a fortune, just wait till 2 or 3 days before the game. The season ticket holders will surrender their tickets for their money back and the https://entrades.fcbarcelona.cat/ will release dozens of seats! Just be quick on the trigger with your credit card out and ready to pounce!

3. Buy a cheap FC Barcelona scarf. You can definitely blend into the crowd a little bit better!

There’s NO way you won’t have the time of your life. Trust me. I went to a game where Barcelona lost 3-1 to Real Madrid. From my experience, I think the nosebleeds are the place to be for the big games. I saw 10 year olds and 50 year olds start chants even when the game looked bleak. When FC Barcelona went down 2-0, some of the people started leaving but the fans in the nosebleeds didn’t budge!!

BARÇA! BARÇA! BAAAAAAAAAARÇA!