I have been in Barcelona for 2 months now, something I can´t believe because the time has gone so fast. I have taken a spanish course for 5 weeks at Enforex together with the norwegians in class. After the spanish course we had a week off and then we travelled to Valencia and also visited some friends in Alicante. Valencia is a beautiful city, I really recommend you to go there sometime!
Back home, before I left to Barcelona I was so excited over this opportunity to study in this city. That I was going to stay in Barcelona for almost 5 months made me feel so glad. I like to travel alot and also experience new places and since I had been thinking for a long time about taking a semester abroad I thought Barcelona would be a great choice -and it was :) I like this city alot and before coming I had heard so many nice things about Barcelona.
I grew up in a small village at the westcoast of Norway, but I have been living in bigger towns in Norway for many years now. Anyway, it is a big difference coming from the small cities in Norway to this big city. There are many things to say about this, but I just love that there are something happening all the time! There are so many festivals, concerts and always something going on. I´m very fascinated over this because it is not like this in Norway. The point is that it is no time to get bored in Barcelona!! I´m also glad I have experienced both "Festa major de Gracia" and "La Merce" -it was great!
On the other hand I don´t feel that Barcelona is that huge city, if you know what I meen. I expected it to maybe be even more crowded, caotic and also bigger distances between places, so that suppriced me a bit.
But before coming I had also heard of the "mañana-thinking" and also that it is a lot of criminality in Barcelona. I got the impression that everything in Barcelona and generally in Spain was mañana and also that Barcelona kind of was a dangerous city. I don´t feel like this at all. Of course it is crime going on here as well, as in other big cities. But I don´t feel it is a dangerous city, not more than other big cities. I guess I feel like this because in the beginning I was thinking alot about this and afraid to get robbed. But now I feel all relaxed about it and know I just have to "follow" some roules. Another thing that supprised me is the "mañana-thinking". I know that in some cases they are a bit "slow", but not as much mañana I thought they would be.
This was some of my expectations and experiences about Barcelona. I know I´m going to enjoy very much the 3 last months, and that I definitely will come back to Barcelona sometime, if not many times:)
Hasta luego amigos!