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  • This is the first story from a series my study abroad experience in Barcelona, Spain

    On 2 Jan 2010, I flew United from Denver to Chicago, meeting up with Nile for our transatlantic flight to Barcelona, connecting at Frankfurt in Germany. Both flights were very smooth and easy. The United 944 flight (ORD to FRA) was cool as it was the first time I actually was exposed to another language, German, which I loved. The flight was filled with German students and residents, including those sitting next to me.

    When we arrived to the airport, we landed on a wet runway at 5 in the dark morning. We were escorted off the plane and up some stairs into the concourse which was completely empty except for a few people waiting for friends on our flight. We then tried to find our way to customs and then on to our flight. We got a little lost and some command of the German language helped us get though security (very different from America) and finding our way. We found the gate, which was a passage to a tunnel underground. We met the bus which took us to the Lufthansa flight that would eventually take us to Spain.

    The Barcelona flight was very bumpy from the start. We got de-iced and took off from an airport and city covered in snow (which lead to some other CIEE participants being stuck for a day). The flight was good, everyone was asleep, except for those moments where someone would open the window cover to expose the bright and blinding early morning sun or our breakfast. It was interesting how in the US, United Airlines would charge for any comforts (except that they bumped me up to economy plus for some reason) where in Europe, we were freely offered these comforts. For the Barcelona and Frankfurt flights, we had meals, including 2 breakfasts.

    It was close to 10 am in Barcelona as we landed in the sunny and clear city. The airport there is really cool, apparently recently completed. We walked around looking for where we would gather our luggage and our CIEE friends in orange who, eventually, would take us into the city.
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