Life in Barcelona
When I first arrived in Barcelona, I had no idea how long it would take to feel comfortable and adjust to life abroad. Everything was new to me and I knew it would take time to feel at home. In the first few weeks, to get anywhere, I used Google Maps religiously, fell into tourists traps in Placa Catalunya, and got lost in the Metro on a daily basis. I felt like a fish out of water, completely out of my environment and comfort zones. Still, I knew the experience would be one that would change my life forever.
After being here for over a month, I can confidently say that I have gotten used to my new schedule and the city. I have found a routine each day, have favorite restaurants and stores, and am a much less frequent user of Google Maps than I was when I arrived! I’ve found that an average day in Barcelona feels much more packed, exciting, but also relaxing than it does in the States.
In the morning I walk to work, passing the Arc de Triomf on the way, and catch up with my coworkers and supervisor once I arrive. After a day of working in marketing, I typically take a more leisurely walk home, sometimes grabbing a coffee or smoothie on my way back. I love trying new food places and taking new routes home. I’m convinced you could live here forever and never get to try and see everything that the city has to offer! With the rest of my day, I try to do something new, whether that be shopping, going to a new park, heading to the beach, the options are endless! Barcelona is such a lively and large city; I never find myself feeling bored or having a lack of things to do. On the weekends I have been lucky enough to travel to countries like Italy, Portugal, and the Netherlands, so during the week I try to soak up as much time in Barcelona as possible. I find myself constantly amazed and in awe of the city, the culture, people, diversity and versatility.
For another month, Spain is my home, and I’m feeling more and more sure of myself in the city. I haven’t regretted my decision to come abroad once, and can honestly say that I have learned more about myself (and the world) in one month than I have in 21 years of life. I feel beyond eager to continue finding my favorite things and exploring a city that has something new to offer at every corner!