Mariann's Portfolio Weblog

divendres, de novembre 26, 2004

4 months in Barcelona...

Hei alle sammen!

Now I have less than 1 month left in Barcelona. It´s sad but I’m also “ready” to go back home. I´m leaving the 20th of Desember and I know I will be sad since my stay in Barcelona is over, but also happy since I’m going back home to my family and friends. I’m really looking forward to see my family and spend Christmas with them. It will be so nice to see my friends again too and spend time with them.

Barcelona is a great city and I feel lucky since I have studied and lived here for almost 5 months. The city has got everything.. Nice beaches, good shopping, different and many festivals, a lot of attractions and you name it! The first months we spend alot of time at the beach Nova Icaria. It was great and very relaxing.
As I have written before, me and all the Norwegians in class took a spanish course at Enforex. It was fun learning a bit spanish. But the course was a bit expensive and we didn’t get to talk as much spanish as we wanted to in the class, we learned more grammar. But I have heard that the International School is a good place to take a spanish course if you want to!
Me and my Norwegian friends live together in a big apartment, close to Plaza España. We have had a fun time living together. But if you really want to learn more spanish it is a good idea to live with some spanish people. Then you get to talk and practise your spanish. We like Plaza España very much. It is close to everything. It is a lot of things to do close by and it feels like a very safe area as well. I really like the walk up to MNAC –Museu Nacional d’ Art de Catalunya. MNAC is such a nice building and also the Magic Fountain is great. The view over Barcelona is beautiful!

I have seen the most important things / attractions in this city, I hope. When my parents were visiting me for a week we took the Bus Turistica one day. All of us liked this very much and we saw a lot! Of course, I had seen much of if before, but it was nice anyway. And of course, I have to mention Sagrada Familia. This is an amazing building and I really hope I get the opportunity to see it when it is finished.
I have also actually been to two fotball matches at Camp Nou. I’m not that big fotball fan, but this was great. The atmosphere is fantastic!
I also have to mention the shopping in this town. It is so many nice stores and I guess it will be no problem bying some nice christmas presents. I’m also looking forward to the christmas marked that is in front of the Cathedral, I have heard it is so nice!

One of the things I like the most in this town is all the festivals beeing held throughout the year. In the end of August there is a festival in Gracia. It was so fun! People were so happy, dancing in the streets and no to forget all the nice decorations in the streets. Also the La Merce made big impressions. So many people all over town and many things happening. I have never seen somthing like the Human Towers before, I‘m glad I have it on tape!
I like to travel and visit new places. When I came to Barcelona I thought I would have good time to visit places close by. But now I don’t have that many weeks left in Barcelona and I never got the time to travel that much. I have just been to Valencia and Alicante. I really would like to go to Madrid and it is a pity I haven’t since I have been living so close for many months. Well, I can’t make it all, I just have to visit Madrid some other time then!

I will really recommend students to choose Barcelona if they want to take an exchange program. I don’t regret it for a second!!!
Now I’m just going to enjoy and have fun the last month in Barcelona. When I come home to everyday life I know I will miss this town alot!!!! But I have been drinking of the fountain in La Rambla many times, so I know for sure I will come back :)

Enjoy your last time everybody!

dilluns, de novembre 08, 2004

Near the end

Hi Mariann!

Well, Winter's coming and they'll soon be selling caganers in the Christmas market. How have things been for you? What things have you really liked, and what have you experienced that you think you wouldn't recommend to future students? That's our final assignment, a kind of summary of what you have done and seen.

See you on Wednesday for the presentation.