¡Hola amigos! I’m back from Spain and I’m so excited to talk about my trip and experiences from my week abroad. It was one of the most amazing experiences that I’ve been able to have in my life. I may sound like I’m over-exaggerating but I had never been out of the country before this trip, so it was a pretty big deal. Below are some of the highlights from my trip that I thought I would share with you all and I’ll probably work on another Lessons post centered around travel regarding some things I learned during the trip in the coming days.
Work Hard, Play Hard
Our first full day in Barcelona started with a Cross-Cultural workshop and then we met with the businesses we had all been assigned to work with and had been in contact with before we left for the trip. Flannery, Sara, and I are interning with Iyiyim and working on a project for their client Startup Grind: Barcelona. It was really nice to be able to meet with Carlos, our internship supervisor, in person since we had just been video chatting with him up until that point.
I’m really excited about the work we’re doing for his company and for Startup Grind. It’s a very hands-on project and although Carlos has given us guidelines and requirements for the project, we also have a lot of freedom when it comes to implementing and trying our own ideas.
Let’s Get Cooking
I went to an awesome Catalan Cooking Class, so if you need a Spanish Tortilla in your life, I’m your girl. I love to cook, especially when I’m learning new recipes, so this activity was really fun. It was also nice to learn and be a little nervous about trying new things with a big group of people. Chef Marco was really patient with us and funny too, which made the night even more enjoyable.
I climbed a MOUNTAIN!!! This was, hands down, the coolest thing I have done in my entire life. It was a long day, the hike was around eight miles round trip, but it was so beautiful and I felt so accomplished when we reached the top. I feel like I should have more wisdom from that experience, but it’s honestly hard to describe in words. If you ever get the chance to go to Barcelona, I definitely suggest heading out to Montserrat and doing some hiking, you won’t regret it.
During our first internship meeting, Carlos gave us a few suggestions of places to eat and go in the city. One of his recommendations was “the best gelato place in the city” Dela Crem and it did not disappoint. I don’t eat gelato on the regular but this was some really good gelato and we ended up taking our whole group back to the spot the next day.
Now, I know I’ve been making some pretty big statements during this post…so I’m just going to do it again! Those pancakes are THE BEST pancakes I’ve had in my entire life. They were covered with hazelnut chocolate cream, bananas, and some really good nut candy thing. I don’t think any pancakes I have from now on will ever top those pancakes, which is a little sad, but maybe that just means I will have to travel more to find more great pancakes. A small price to pay.
We went on several sight-seeing adventures throughout the city which included the Gothic Quarter, La Sagrada Familia, and Park Güell. The first two pictures are from our tour of the Gothic Quarter. The first picture is La Catedral de Barcelona and the second one is the inside of Basílica Santa Maria del Mar. The next picture is of La Sagrada Familia which is one of the most colorful and beautiful buildings I have ever been inside. I have some great pictures of the inside of it on Facebook, so go check those out if you would like. Our last sight-seeing trip was a visit to Park Güell and, like La Sagrada Familia, it was designed by the artist Antoni Gaudí and was also very beautiful and colorful in its own way.
I just want to give a big thank you to everyone that helped make this trip possible. From my awesome family who supported me going on this journey in so many ways, to my friends who helped me prepare for the trip, to the people who I got to know better and worked with on the trip, and everyone in between. It was an unforgettable adventure and I couldn’t have asked for anything better than that.