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Traveling to Barcelona to study abroad makes this my second time leaving the US in only a matter a weeks and it is absolutely surreal.

No matter where you travel to you will experience some form of culture shock and while I’m enjoying my time here thus far, I am already noticing many differences between the US, Hong Kong, and Barcelona. It was also great to kick off the new semester with some fireworks commemorating the La Merce Festival!

Overall, I am excited to begin my semester abroad and to increase my Spanish-speaking skills with my host mother Conchita.

Donovan Gayles

Donovan is a Political Science major from Susquehanna University, and studied abroad at UPF during Fall 2018.

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