CIEE Barcelona Program: Language & Culture
Semester: Spring 2014
Home School: University of Colorado Boulder
Going to Parque Güell was one of my favorite times in Barcelona.
I had only been in Barcelona for a week and was still trying to make sense of everything. Although I had met some people in my program I had not had the time to get to know everyone. After our orientation activities were over we had some free time to relax and acquaint ourselves before we started school.
On one of our days off, someone in my program suggested that we all go to Parque Güell. We arrived around five and had about an hour before the sun was going to set. It was the perfect time of day to be there. The color of the sky was a fusion of blues and pinks. The sky created a dreamlike background for the stunning architecture of the park.
Aside from the breathtaking scenery, the visit to Parque Güell allowed our group to get to know each other in more casual terms. Every other setting we had been in so far had been organized by CIEE and therefore we were busy with different events for orientation week. It was nice to laugh and get to know one another in such a beautiful park. Everyone was enjoying him or herself and exploring the park.
Afterwards we all decided to get a quick bite to eat at a cute restaurant by the park and then head home. It was fun to talk to everyone at dinner because we were all from different parts of the country yet we were all studying in Barcelona. Since then I have continued to make friends with people from all over the world and it has been my favorite part about being abroad.