Heaviest snowfall in Barcelona since 1962!
Taking the time to “tomar el sol” February 7, 2010
When I woke up this morning I couldn’t help but smile – even though I’ve been here for over five months, I still can’t believe I did it – I’m really here. Luckily, it was beautiful sunny day out so I called a couple of friends and we roamed the streets of Barcelona without a plan nor purpose, we just walked. I’ve seen most of the tourist attractions and know how to get around the city now, but what I love most is that I can get lost in the small streets and discover all the hidden treasures throughout the city.
On Sunday’s not much is open, all the main stores and supermarkets are closed, yet that doesn’t force people to stay inside. Instead, you see everyone just walking or sitting on the grass “tomando el sol” and enjoying the nice weather. I feel like I can truly breathe here… even though at times it’s hard for me to balance, work, school and other extra curricular activities, the one thing I’ve learned from the Spanish is to take time to just sit and enjoy the present moment…
Don’t mean to brag, but… January 29, 2010
… according to the Financial Times, EADA marketing is 9th in the world… money well spent :).
Best in marketing*
1. Northwestern University: Kellogg
2. Duke University: Fuqua
3. Indiana University: Kelley
4. Esade Business School
5. University of Bath School of Management
6. Emory University: Goizueta
7. University of Michigan: Ross
8. HEC Paris
10. Univ. of Pennsylvania: Wharton
Everyday is a learning experience… January 23, 2010
One of my favorite things about living abroad is that even the simple tasks, like going to the grocery store, always end being a learning process and the simple joys in life put a smile on my face. There are somethings I’ve learned to live without (minus peanut butter – I go to a speciality store and pay over $5 for a small jar, ridiculous I know, but I love it) and have grown accustomed to a lot of the local brands. Well anyways, today I went grocery shopping and after months of searching, I finally found oatmeal. I was super excited and grabbed some cinnamon and I started roaming the store looking for the brown sugar. I couldn’t find it so I asked the saleslady for “azucar cafe,” she looked at me with a confused look on her face and shook her head. I walked away roaming the isles continuing to look for it and then she came up to me again because she realized what I was asking for, it’s actually called “azucar moreno,” tan sugar would be the direct translation… ha ha. Even though I make mistakes sometimes, I really do learn something new everyday and I’m loving every second of it.
Holiday Travels: Final Stop – Paris! January 21, 2010
Paris was actually the first city I visited when I came to Europe, but it’s been four years since then and I’ve been wanting to go back ever since. It snowed and was beyond freezing the whole time Vanessa and I were there, but still absolutely gorgeous. There’s really no city in the world like Paris, the history, architecture, art… it’s beyond breathtaking – J’adore Paris!
After London, Anette traveled back to our favorite city… Barcelona. One of my best friends Vanessa came to visit to spend new years with me and to check out my new home town.
This year the Barcelona government bought new Christmas lights saying “Merry Christmas” in 15 different languages and they were hung up all over the city. The funny thing is that they forgot to include “Feliz Navidad” or did they? The Spanish government was really mad and accused Barcelona of purposely forgetting to include Spanish since Catalunya is constantly trying to separate themselves from Spain… interesting stuff!
Yes, this is Obama and yes, he’s pooping. BUT, before you think this is weird, it’s actually a normal Christmas decoration in the Catalan nativity scene. From what I understand, in Catalunya, they believe that the day Jesus was born was like any other normal day, meaning that there was probably a guy pooping in the bushes on Dec. 25th. For that reason, they always hide El Caganer in their nativity scenes and when you go to a Catalan’s home, the first thing you do is look for el caganer. You can find el caganer in the shape of almost any known celebrity or cartoon, Anette asked me to get her an Obama for her birthday :).
We brought in the new year in Plaza Catalunya, everyone gathered in the center of the city with their bottles of Cava and grapes. In Spain, it’s tradition to eat grapes for good luck on new years eve. They start the countdown 12 seconds before midnight and you eat a grape with each sound of the bell.
Holiday Travels: Second Stop – London January 20, 2010
I love my sister, especially for her spontaneity, so when she told me that she booked a flight to London and was coming in a week… I was not at all shocked. It was actually the best Christmas present I could have asked for and it definitely helped cure some of my homesickness. Here are some of the highlights from our trip, enjoy!