A Canadian, Castellano & Barcelona, Catalunya!

 

If you manage to spend the entire evening out, or have Jetlag, this is a view you can no miss from any of the beaches in Barcelona!

If you manage to spend the entire evening out, or have jet lag, this is a view you cannot miss from any of the beaches in Barcelona!

Hello everyone! This post is going to be a little window into the incredible experiences and adventures I have had in the unforgettable city of Barcelona as an Erasmus student thanks to the amazing team of Míriam and the SpainBcn Language Program!

I have to begin with saying that I showed up in Spain on the first of September 2012 as a fish out of water; with hindered Spanish skills, exposed to a foreign culture, friendless, houseless, ‘school-less’ and a whole other list of ‘-less’s” as well!  However, little did I know that I had made the best decision to begin my transition into my new Barcelona experience with the assistance of Míriam and her incredible SpainBcn Program.

http://www.erasmusinbarcelona.com (Website Associated with the Míriam’s Program)

I can’t even begin to explain the incredible time that I had during my two week experience with Míriam and the SpainBcn Program. Although I will attempt to give you a tid-bit of my experience over those beginning weeks!

Míriam’s course was recommended via a Facebook group page that had been started for all incoming exchange students to the Universitat Pompeu Fabra shortly after my acceptance and sponsorship by my home university, the Rotman Commerce School of Business at the University of Toronto. Their program offered an intensive Spanish review and immersion class at extremely competitive prices and was centrally situated in the heart of Barcelona. With that said, I registered myself for a two week course beginning the first Monday in September which led me to the commencement of my university courses come the end of September. Instantly from day one, I was welcomed into a group of incredible people that made my exchange in Barcelona unforgettable!

After a long day of Spanish, we all headed to a Rooftop Pool Party across from Torre Agbar

After a long day of Spanish, we all headed to a Rooftop Pool Party across from Torre Agbar

“Hombre…¿Qué pasa?”

-Míriam

The above was a daily quote from the notoriously hilarious Míriam!  We all began with our placement exams on the first day and without missing a beat,  Míriam’s bubbly and ‘open armed’ attitude instantly welcomed us into her Spanish teaching classroom where we all felt more then happily at ease! Throughout the weeks with our more then fair share of laughs, stories, Spanish history and the hammering out of “El Subjuntivo”, the castellano juices began flowing again and Barcelona was actually beginning to sink in!

One item though that I must tell everyone that I guarantee I will not forget for the rest of my life is this; the friends you meet through this program will become your family here in Barcelona and will be your guiding base to experience every incredible hidden gem that this city has to offer. Enjoy it, meet new people, make mistakes, and never say ‘no’ to something new here!

There is always a good time to have with friends in Spain!

There is always a good time to have with friends in Spain!

I was incredibly fortunate enough to have had met my best friend through this program and still to this day I wonder about the likelihood of meeting unforgettable people like that around the globe in the most unexpected of situations. Through the last 7 months, I have had an incredible ‘Wingman’ who has experienced the incredible Spanish and Catalan cuisine with me, the world renowned nightlife of Barcelona,  many adventures around the country and continent and many evenings chatting the night away with locals in Barcelona!  However, with an open mind and a constant willingness to “Break Out of the English Box” and speak castellano, Barcelona, Catalunya and España will not fail you in surpassing your expectations and providing you with a life-learning and never to be forgotten experience that you will have for the rest of your life!

Costa Brava Beautiful Barcelona!

The Catalunya National Holiday.

The Catalunya National Holiday.

Incredible Parks around Barcelona

Incredible Parks around Barcelona

Common Meetup for the Spanish Class!

Common Meetup for the Spanish Class!

Gas Natural Fenosa Mercado de Santa Maria Morning Time in La Barceloneta!

Bocadillo and Café con Leche

Bocadillo and Café con Leche

La Boqueria

 

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About JR Hammond

Hello everyone my name is JR Hammond and I am currently on an international exchange at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona Spain. I would have been entering my third year in the Rotman Commerce Program at the University of Toronto St. George campus but I decided to take advantage of this incredible opportunity to explore Europe. I will be living in Barcelona for the entire year and I will be posting and blogging about all the adventures that a student of my interests could have in this incredible city. I am a social and sporty person so my blogs will be vary from everything from volleyball, bars and parties, traveling, to as simple as which bakery sells the best bread! I hope you enjoy my adventures of the September 2012 to June 2013 school year!

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