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.


Alison Wendler, Universsity of Washington

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I had an absolutely amazing time on my WSA trip to Krakow, Poland. I felt like a got a lot out of my money and it was so nice not to have to worry about anything because WSA takes care of it all. Our guide was absolutely fantastic and was there with us for everything we needed-it was great to have someone around with you who knew the city so well. This is definitely a trip I will never forget. I already want to start planning my next WSA trip. What amazing destination to pick next is the hard part!

Alison Wendler, Universsity of Washington ~ National University of Ireland, Galway, Spring 2016

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