What was your favorite thing to do in your host city?
My favorite thing to do in my host city would be the daily walks to the Sagrada Familia. My apartment was conveniently located 10 minutes from the Sagrada Familia, so it could not have been more perfect. After class, I would walk to Sagrada and would people watch for hours. It was the perfect place to relax, read a book, or grab a cappuccino.
What is your favorite memory from studying abroad?
Throughout my time abroad I had many memorable experiences from exploring the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland to biking in the streets in Seville. My most memorable experience would have to be the festivals my friends and I went to at La Monumental. La Monumental is an old bullfighting ring where they now host different concerts and festivals. My first time going was the first weekend in my host city. It was the perfect way to meet and mingle with the other program students while enjoying our new home. It was such a fun time we made sure to visit once more before the end of the semester.
What travel tips would you give someone studying abroad?
A travel trip I would give to someone studying abroad would be to plan out some places you are interested in traveling beforehand. This will give you an idea of the places you are most interested in visiting so you don’t spend a lot of time planning while you are there. Another tip I would give is to make sure you spend enough weekends in your host city. Although it’s great to make the most out of your time to travel to other countries, it is super important to explore your host city. You will definitely appreciate the time you make to spend locally exploring new cafes and shops.
Noor was a fall 2018 Barcelona student from Southern Connecticut State University.