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Hola Barcelona!

Sept. 31

Today, Pat and I made the easy connection into Barcelona. A couple days before, I received an email warning that there was a general public strike scheduled for our day of travel, Wednesday. When it comes to travel, I find that having some flexibility in my schedule is endlessly valuable. It is so nice to be able to go into the heart of a strike with the mindset along the lines of, “let’s enjoy this ride” rather than, “shoot, I have a train connection to make!”

It was clear immediately that getting into downtown Barcelona wasn’t going to be too easy as no buses, or the nervous taxi drivers were willing to make the trip. We do end up catching a bus that takes us into the Placa d’Espanya, a couple miles from where we need to be. Then we’re able to find a taxi to take us closer, but he explains in broken French that the crowds have already attacked three taxis down in the heart of town. These demonstrations are over reduced wages for nearly everyone in the public sector

I find the passion as a whole in Europe fascinating. What drives people to actually demonstrate? I feel like among my particular age group, we’re more concerned about getting the new iPhone than how we’re going to pay our countries debts, and stop the overall decline in quality of life back home. That’s why I’m excited to be over here learning about these issues and what exactly turns passive citizens into active ones. 

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Cooper Cohen, University of Notre Dame

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Cooper Cohen, University of Notre Dame ~ University of Notre Dame, London, Spring 2015

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