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

    7 January began with a rainy morning. The first day of classes were exciting, the process of meeting new friends and being exposed for the first time to the new facilities (la Casa 2 is the expansion to the Barcelona CIEE Study Center on Ptg. Permanyer.

    The new building had recently been under construction and was just finished (lease signed a month ago). The place, as we were told, was ready for classes but it was clear they the construction workers had been working up to the last minute (no heating nor projectors for presentations yet). My first time taking spanish since elementary school was a whole new experience, speaking only Spanish is definitely an effective vehicle to learn the language (and if class doesn't work, the lack of english at my home will do the trick haha). The other class (only 2 total for the first few weeks until the rest of the classes begin in late January) is The City in Visual Culture. Focused on giving an overview of Barcelona's visual culture of architecture and art. This class is one that I really didn't want to have to take since it was a required one but I think it will be a fun class since most of the people I have met are also in it. It's also fun because we will get to study buildings by taking tours and experiencing them instead of studying photos.

    It seems as if classes here are being taught as they should ideally be. Learn Spanish in Spain and Barcelona architecture in Barcelona.

    Spanish was cut short due to some inclement weather, so most of us hit up 5J, a local bar, for lunch and then explored the intoxicating levels of el Corte Ingles. We finished up early with a visit to the Orange store and a stop to pickup out reading packets from a print shop.

    El Corte Ingles is truly a department store, it sounds like it sells everything. Like a mall but the place is only one store. Fun.
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