Venturing Across Barcelona
Posted by Andy Steves in on October 13, 2010.
This morning I had a meeting with the Study Abroad director at UAB, the third largest university in Spain with what sounded like over 50,000 students across at least 4 campuses throughout the city. I made this appointment to continue learning about the industry we’re catering to. I want to understand what their frustrations are, and also see how we can solve them.
I like to allow a bit of extra time to grab some breakfast once I find the address of my meeting. This time, after I made my way across town, I popped into a little bakery. I’m painfully aware of my lack of command of the Spanish—and Catalonian—language because I enjoy being able to communicate in French and Italian so much. But this was one of those places that is obviously filled by locals who live in the apartments around this block, and everyone proudly doesn’t speak English. That’s how you know you’re in a good spot. I’ve encountered the same thing in Sicily. Thank goodness for Romance languages, and I’m able to clumsily order a sandwich and espresso. Not only do places like these generally have better food and fresher ingredients, but it’s nearly always cheaper as well. I take it all in, my sandwich and the scene, as I go over what I’ll talk about with Santiago, the director at the program.
I went to Rome with a few of my friends. Before we got there, our tour guide, Rhianne, sent us plenty of information regarding how to arrive at the hostel, and what our Itinerary would be like. She also made it a point to meet up with people the night before if their flight got in early so students would have something to do. Having a tour guide that lived in the city was amazing. It made me not have to stress about getting lost, and provided many opportunities to eat at the best restaurants, and, most importantly, the best Gelato places. By the end of the tour, I was good friends with each of the 14 members of the tour group, including our tour guide. I definitely recommend taking a tour through WSA because the guides make you feel like they actually care about each person on the trip. I knew that I could just relax, and enjoy my trip.Kyle Cook, Lebanon Valley College ~ Kingston University, London, Fall 2015
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