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Barcelona: my Second Home

by Anhthu Huynh Monday, May 23, 2016

In this last month of studying in Barcelona I have found myself reminiscing on my entire experience-  the food, culture and friends I have made thus far and continue to do so. Studying abroad in Barcelona has been the most rewarding experience of my life. I couldn’t be happier in choosing Barcelona as my home. There are countless things I am going to miss about Barcelona but the three biggest things are:

1. Cuisine - Unlike the States which is plagued with fast food chains, Spanish food is fresh and rarely pre-made, portions are smaller and there is a greater emphasis on sit down group dining. As for the drinking culture for someone my age and younger having a beer or glass of wine is normal and a way of life.

2. People - Luckily, as part of the Barcelona program we are given Guardian Angels who are there to help us get adjusted to our new environment. At first I just saw them as guides but now I consider many of them close friends and couldn't imagine my four months without them.

Lifestyle - It’s commendable how close Spaniards are to their family and friends. Almost everyday after school or work they go out to eat together whether it's a full meal or just to share a beer. Their ability to be impulsive, carefree, and wholeheartedly invest time in their relationships is extremely admirable. In the States, we take weeks or even months to plan a dinner with our friends or family members and that’s if we don’t end up cancelling last minute.

Barcelona has allowed me to see the world through a multitude of lenses and taught me what it looks like to have a truly balanced lifestyle between work, school, family and social. I think as Americans and especially business students we often forget that its not always about how much you make, or the final destination, its about how you get there and who’s there along the way. In my last week in Barcelona, I’m not going to say ‘adios’ to this amazing city or its citizens. I’m going to smile and say ‘hasta luego’ for when we meet again.


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