Barcelona y Monasterios

The weeks are flying by too fast! Cannot believe I’ve already been here for over a month. Here’s what life has been like the past couple weeks:

 

I made my first weekend trip since I’ve been here–I went to Barcelona! I was so excited to explore and have a reunion with my roommate from when I studied in Prague, Czech Republic. 

There are so many places to visit in Barcelona, but the weekend we traveled there was perfect timing. It was the weekend for La Mercè, a festival to honor the patron saint la Mercè (Virgin of Mercy)! At first it was a little overwhelming trying to plan everything we wanted to do, so many tourist attractions along with events for the festival, but in the end everything worked out perfectly. 

 

Our hostel was awesome, shout out to Barcelona Central Garden Hostel (I highly recommend this place), and we were able to meet some really cool people! I was also pleasantly surprised that two of the guys I met were also practicing Catholics, so we all went to mass together on Sunday–it was nice to have some friends to go with 🙂

I also went to see La Sagrada Familia, and it was worth every euro! I was completely in awe of Gaudi’s work. Put it on your bucket list if it’s not already on there! 

 

Back in Colorado, it’s the perfect time to travel to the mountains to see all the leaves changing colors and I have to admit it seeing all my friends post about fall was making me a little homesick. However, my host family is awesome and last week they took me into the mountains to have a picnic and visit a famous monastery, Santes Creus.

It was so fun to get out and explore a little bit in the mountains; I definitely felt like I was back home in CO. I’m also so thankful to have a host family that always wants to show me more of Catalonia.

 

As far as daily life here in Santa Oliva, there is much more of a routine, but each day still has its surprises. The boys are starting to learn and speak more words in English with me, YAY! It is a lot easier to get them to speak English when I am one-on-one with them. Joan likes to repeat what I say in English and I’ve noticed he understands quite a bit, even if he’s not able to respond in English. Sergi is doing really well with learning words one at a time. Everyday they surprise me with saying a new word in English; they’re awesome!

Like Joan, I am now able to understand much more Spanish, but I’m still working on responding. I am able to translate faster in my head and depending on the questions I can respond quickly. I’m getting there, slowly but surely!

 

Most used words: En ingles, Faster, Let’s go boys, You’re silly

 

Hasta luego, Anna

 

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