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

We met up with the rest of our group in the computer lab, happy to be connected again to the internet, and the rest of the world. We were rushed down stairs for our activities for the day, beginning with a talk on cultural activities and then being lead to the Hotel Havana, which was really fancy. Apparently, the rest of the program's students stayed here instead of the Berna, where the architecture gang was.

    We were filed into the lobby where many other CIEE students were waiting and then sent back out into the rain for a bus tour. We got on the bus which was very big and pretty cool (different then those in the US). I chose to sit on the right side and that was another mistake of the day (I guess everything in this city is on the left side of the road).

    Our bus tour took us around the city, starting with the center and moving out passed Gaudi's Casa Battlo and the Arc De Triumf. We headed up towards Parc Montjuic, where the Catalan palace, along with the olympic park were with the German Pavilion (Barcelona Pavilion) and some great views. The trip, until our stop at the part, included dozens of blurry and rainy photos of those mentioned above with some other cool sights along the wayIt was exciting to see the buildings that we had only seen through pictures and in lectures.

    We continued back down the other side of the park overlooking the Mediterrania (Mediterranean Sea) and down into the port area and then into the olympic port area. The area was filled with a cosmopolitan mashup of different architectural styles from old ruins of the original roman city to the Gehry fish. We saw the olympic village and old shipyards that were once on the sea. The bus took us through the Barceloneta part of the city, old and skinny streets in a close but long grid. We began to head back into the main part of the city checking out Sagrada Familia along with a series of other buildings along the way ending at the Barcelona Hard Rock Cafe.

    Our bus tour was quick, fast, and pretty much the summary/table of contents of the story of my next 4 months (hopefully). The bus tour pictures were taken on my phone, which geotagged each pic so we can figure out where everything was. It didn't end up working out that well but it introduced us to our new home.
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