Dammit, I Love this City

Maybe it’s the way time moves more slowly here, maybe it’s the Mediterranean, maybe it’s something they put in the water, maybe it’s the people, maybe it’s the 5 meals a day, or that you hear dance music at the bank, maybe it’s the ways the motos are parked on the sidewalk, or the little old people walking around at midnight, or the coffee, or the newspapers, or the irregular verbs, maybe the indignados who sleep in the ATM booths and lock themselves in, or the Gaudi, or the Catalan…whatever it is, there’s something about Barcelona!

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Thinking of studying abroad? The Four Components

I’ve spent a lot of time in recent weeks wondering how exactly I would describe a “study abroad.”  Now that I carry almost 3 months in Barcelona, it doesn’t strike me to walk past Gaudi’s famous Casa Batlló every morning after getting out of the metro.  I’m no barcelone, but neither do I feel like a tourist anymore.  I’m a foreigner, but Barcelona is a house that is becoming a home.  So WTF is this study abroad business!?!?

A study abroad is no vacation.  Before you depart kind and thoughtful wellwishers bid you safe travels and a happy adventure reflecting on previous trips they may have taken.  They tell you “You’ll have the adventure of a lifetime!”  But a study abroad is more a trip than a vacation, and can sometimes be more a challenge than a pleasure.  Rather, a study abroad is what it says: [1] you study [2] abroad.  Study isn’t limited limited to academics.  Instead there are four aspects:

  1. Language-study
  2. Cultural-study
  3. Self-study
  4. Academic-study

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