I was having some problems adjusting to the homestay and life in Barcelona. There is still a little bit of discomfort, but for the most part I am embracing the experience. My host mother (also called a senora) has been trying to learn a few words in English and I have been trying to understand more of her Spanish. It is actually kind of comical. For example, dinner in Spanish is cena but she asked my roommate and me how to say it in English. We told her cena is dinner and now, instead of saying cena or comida when she knocks on our door, she says dinner in a heavy accent.
She also spoils me a little bit, something I need not get used to. She knows I like bananas so every morning she leaves me a banana on the table. Despite sometimes not liking what she cooks, it is nice to not have to cook.
Aside from the homestay, I have been having so much fun here. Each tour is something new and different. In addition, the group of us like walk around, exploring the city. Barcelona, I think, is the best of both worlds: you have the coast and the mountains.
Below are some of my favorite attractions thus far:
One of my favorites so far has been the Dali Theatre and Museum. I am not normally one to get into art, but Dali’s art was something else. When you look at some of his work, it changes with the angle. If you are looking from the right you see something different than looking at it from the left. The picture I included is one of those paintings. There is actually an image of a man hidden in the painting.
A group of also decided to find the Parc de la Ciutadella. The park itself is gigantic. There is so much to see, from the lake where you can rent row boats to the fountain (pictured) and the architecture surrounding the park.
The Barcelona (Barca) game was probably the best time I have had watching a sports game. Granted, I watch sports very litte. In Barcelona, futbol (otherwise knowns as soccer) is huge. On one of the first nights here, we were lucky enough to experience a Barca game for very little money. The stadium is absolutely gigantic and the fans are easily excited. If anyone ever gets a chance to come to Barcelona, I would absolutely recommend seeing a game live.