I can’t believe I’ve already been in Barcelona for a full week! I feel like I’ve been here for ages, its amazing how much I’ve done in such a small period of time and classes don’t even start until tomorrow! I’m living in a homestay in the neighborhood of Poble Sec which is near Mount Juïc – the mountain where the 1992 Olympic stadium stands.
Thus far I’ve done a good amount of the touristy things – Barceloneta (the tourist beach), eaten paella, Sagrada Familia, etc. But I’ve also experienced a lot of local flavor, like the metro, getting lost after getting off the metro and being super aware of pick pockets. This weekend and up to Wednesday is also a big Barcelona festival, Festes de la Mercè, which means a ton of fireworks and people in the streets.
Most of my week has been made amazing thanks to my host mom, Teresea, who calls herself my Spanish grandmother and I love her!! I’ve never lived near or with my grandparents so the opportunity to live with any kind of ‘abuela’ is such a blessing! Doing a homestay was one of the best decisions I’ve made so far – right after deciding to go abroad. She makes me breakfast and dinner every day, which gives me a chance to practice my Spanish since Teresea only speaks a little English. I’m so thankful she’s as patient as she is with my attempt to speak in her native tongue. I have so much more respect now for people who try to learn new languages, it’s pretty hard! Teresea is starting an English class on Monday morning (which is pretty dang impressive for a 77 year old!), so we’ll help each other out with our assignments.
I’m so excited for these next few months to come!