Barcelona is a city full of history, tradition and fun; Visitors can find a great variety of activities and places to eat, have a drink, meet locals, and much more. Personally, I love to drink a cafe con leche (coffee with milk) every morning, go for a walk in Barceloneta (local beach), listen to the street musicians, feed the pigeons in Plaza Catalunya, etc. There are plenty of reasons why, people fall in love with Barcelona. From a foreign student perspective, I see Barcelona as a place where I can explore, discover and learn about a vast of traditions, culture and places. After being here for 4 months, I can take away so many different things, but the following are the most significant.
Being exposed to it every day, the Spanish culture is one factor that I have adopted and integrated the most during my staying here.I have implemented multiple daily routines that Spanish people do, and I love it, enjoying a vermouth on a Sunday afternoon, greeting new guests by kissing their cheek, eat some patatas bravas at dinner, and much more. Culture is definitely that key factor that would have a lot of impact during the staying, but it is also the most fun to discover.
Passion, I developed a passion for learning, exploring and discovery. I haven’t been away from home this long before, this provides a great opportunity to find new passions (or for self-growth) for everyone open to new experiences, emotions, and I tried to get to know the city as much as I could, after exploring a new area of the city every day, I started to enjoy the feeling of discovering new stuff, and this started to develop a passion in me to explore and learn not only in Barcelona, but also whole world.
Fulfilling, I had previous trips before and always the same feeling of ‘something was missed’ is left, however, here I feel nostalgic for leaving. There’s a lot more to see in this beautiful city, but I personally feel that I got a lot from the city, got to experience the most of it, and explored the places interested me the most.
All I have left to say is be open to a change, and be ready to get the most out of any new experiences. I tried to have an open-minded all the time, and that definitely helped me enjoy more from new situations, festivals, celebrations, routines, people, etc.