Venturing Across Barcelona

Oct. 7

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.

 Long story short, the address I thought I found was that of the entire block which is a gigantic education/hospital complex. So thank goodness for this laid back culture where it’s not the end of the world if you accidentally arrive late.


Joshua Dyer, Bridgewater State University

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Andy and his crew were awesome. They helped us navigate the city and showed us its innumerable historic sites (Colosseum, Vatican, Trevi Fountain, etc.) with the option of going to Easter Mass at the Vatican if you pick the right weekend. All I have to say was that being in the third row at...

Joshua Dyer, Bridgewater State University ~ University of Limerick, Spring 2016

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