Author: Barcelona SAE

Basque-ing in the Country Life

Artistic. Elegant. Steeped in history. All are perfect ways to describe the Basque Country. Still, these words fail to adequately express the allure and inherent uniqueness of the Basque provinces. The beginning of our weekend long immersion into the Basque lifestyle found us in Briones, La Rioja at the site of a traditional Bodega (Winery). The bodega, Vivanco Cultura de vino, includes a museum of its history on its grounds as well as its winery. We toured Vivanco’s lush vineyard – which stretches out as far as the eye can see – underground temperature-controlled winery, and fascinating museum. Our...

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Barrio Recommendations

Each barrio, or neighborhood, in Barcelona has its own look, feel, and character. One of the greatest things about living in the city is getting to know the areas that might not fall on the tourist radar, as they really give a feel for what day-to-day life is like. Here are a few of my favorite places in each barrio! Eixample For morning coffee – My favorite cafe in Barcelona is called Le Petite Paris! It’s a really small French-inspired cafe right on Carrer Consell de Cent and Carrer de Calàbria. The decor is Parisian inspired and basically the cutest...

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10 Ways to Practice your Spanish Before You Study Abroad

I definitely made the mistake of studying abroad without having brushed up on some very out of date high school Spanish. My host family brought me into the living room, chattering away and asking basic questions while I stared back at them with my mouth open. It was several days before things started coming back to me and I was able to get through basic conversations. Whether you have some Spanish under your belt or are starting out with nothing, there are hundreds of ways to start practicing before you come. Learning basic greetings, how to count to 10, how...

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