By Jeff Hurley
Time flew by this summer as I was having the best experience of my life in Barcelona. Ever since the first day I arrived my entire trip was one huge adventure. I never thought I would learn so much, meet so many people, and see so many differences Europe has to offer. First off my internship was amazing and I loved everyone I worked with. My work was related directly to my major and what I want to do in the future. I learned so many new programs and working internationally allowed me to see how a company operates differently compared to one in the United States. Also I made international business connections that will last a lifetime. If I had the option to do this all over again I would in a heartbeat.
Since Barcelona is such a central location in Europe I had many opportunities to travel this summer. I visited Ibiza, Pamplona, San Sebastian, Costa Brava, and Madrid in Spain as well as Nice & Carcassonne, France, Monaco, Amsterdam, and London. These were all unforgettable trips and I am so thankful I had the opportunity to do all of this.
I made it back to the US safely with no problems. It has definetly taken me time to adjust back into the US work culture. For my last few weeks of summer I am working at home, which has allowed me to really see the key difference in the work culture in Barcelona versus the US. The biggest differences I have noticed are that work begins promptly at 8am instead of 9/930am with an adjusting period. I’ve also had to adjust to lunch at 12 for 30 minutes instead of 2 for 2 hours.
I really enjoyed my time in Barcelona and am greatful for the opportunity I got to have learning about another part of the world and how business is conducted there.
These past two months I have spent in Barcelona working have been amazing. Being submersed into a different culture is a life changing experience. Living in a completely different cultural environment has really opened my eyes and showed me that their is so much more out there to explore and learn. In these two months I have had the opportunity to meet kids from all over the world and learn a little bit about their individual countries which was awesome.
After meeting kids from all over the world I have realized that I have to travel and explore the world before I can enter the work force. I feel traveling the world and learning more about the world I live in will continue to make more a more diverse individual and will continue to help me grow as a person. This summer without a doubt has been the best summer of my life.
The day I first set out on my Spanish conquest I knew that it would be an adventure but what I didn’t quite understand is how life changing it would be. Like many of my peers on this trip, living in a country thousands of miles away from home for two months is a completely new experience. I have had very few chances to travel outside of the U.S. so I had no idea what was going to happen but what I did know is that I would find adventure and I wouldn’t turn my back to it.
The last 8 weeks of my life seem like only a flash in time, but I can honestly say within that flash of time my world has transformed in many ways. The people I have met within the program from all around the U.S. and the people I have met during my travels from all around the world have taught me innumerous lessons about culture, business, and most importantly myself. My goal on this trip was to not let a single day go by without exploring or learning something new; while sitting on this plane I can honestly say that I accomplished that.
From my first tour through the streets of Barcelona, to the clubs in Ibiza, running with the bulls in Pamplona and surfing in Morocco I feel that I conquered not just Spain but also the ultimate summer break. It is sad to leave but I am also excited to get home with all of these stories. With senior year in plain sight and plenty of new experiences under my belt, the adventure will most definitely continue.
My first view of Barcelona!
Running of the Bulls in Pamplona.
Taghazout beach in Morocco!
These two months in Barcelona has been the most amazing experience I could ever ask for. I have such a different perspective on how people live depending on where they are from. Getting back to the states, I realize how truly different our lifestyles are. It was a great experience working in Barcelona because you were able to feel like a local, we knew weren’t tourists, tourists don’t work in other countries. It was a really cool feeling, and I know I will end up in Europe again, theres no doubt in my mind.
In addition to work being a great experience, the people I met on this trip had such a positive impact on everything. We went through so many amazing adventures and were able to discover this new country together. So many parts of this summer were so memorable and have taught me lessons I will be able to use through out my life. Thank you Barcelona for being the city that you are, I will come back to visit and then travel the rest of Europe. Hasta Luego! Peace. Love. Vale Vale.
The cultural shock did not hit me at all when I was in Spain, Italy and France, I mean its crazy to say this but it really did not hit me until I came back from the trip. Spending two months away from home, seemed pretty scary and a big challenge for me, but it all went too fast. Time flies when you are having the time of your life! As I was saying, now that I came back I realized that I was in a whole different world and did not even notice, and looking back at it it all seems like a dream. It seems so unreal that I can only have little flashbacks of everything I saw and got the chance to really experience. Being home its great and all, I missed evrything so much, especially the food, however, it all seems really weird for me, I got used to not driving, not seeing my family, and the fact that I had to walk everywhere! I just hope I do not lose that habit, it was good exercise! haha. Well, at last this was an unbelievable experience, one that I will never ever forget!
by Robert Roberto
Coming back to the states has given me the opportunity to reflect on the past two months that I have been abroad. Living and working in Barcelona has definitely been more than just visiting a new location, I would consider myself more as a local than a tourist after living and working in the amazing city of Barcelona. This once and in a lifetime opportunity taught me several things and allowed me to grow professionally and as an individual. My outlook on life has changed for the better by going abroad and emerging myself in such different cultures.
The connections I have been able to create this summer have been important to me, and I cherish every memory I have with them. The friendships many of us were able to create will last a lifetime and I could not ask for a better group to have experienced Spain with me. Vale Vale! See you soon Europe!
As our time in Barcelona comes to an end I am able to realize how lucky I am for being able to spend two entire months in Spain. Not only was I able to grow professionally but also on a personal level. I was able to gain a lot of knowledge and explore a side of me I didn’t even know existed.
Barcelona gave me the best summer of my life. I met amazing people with who I hope I stay friends for a long time. I was able to develop a sense for appreciating architecture, people, cultures, lifestyles etc. Through my internship; I was able to understand the real kindness of people in the workplace. I was able to grow ethically thanks to my boss who thought us that its not about what you get but about what you give to others that really give you the most satisfaction.
I’m sad this experience has come to an end but I know that in a way this was only the start. I know that what I have learned and what I have experienced will be with me forever. I am glad I was able to make friends that will last a lifetime and I’m extremely happy I got to meet the most amazing group of people during this summer.
Barcelona Internship Souvenirs by Rebecca Durazo
One of my favorite parts of returning home was sharing my pictures and memories with friends and family. Looking back, I realize how many unbelievable experiences I had while living and working in Barcelona. This is a video slideshow of some of my favorite moments this summer!
La Sagrada Familia…Check!
By: Jacob Zollinger
I can remember in the 4th grade we were learning about Spain. They talked about many different parts but something that has always stuck with me was La Sagrada Familia. Seeing what was then just some pillars constructed fascinated me from a young age. I had been putting this visit to La Sagrada Familia off on my visit because I wanted it to be one of the last major attractions to see, and it did not disappoint.
When I first stepped in and looked at the ceiling my jaw dropped, my breath was taken away, and I was speechless. It stuns me to think how Gaudi came up with the idea to create this Basilica for Barcelona. I love that he uses the animals and shapes from the nature in the Mediterranean. This structure is truly one of a kind and a must see item in Barcelona. Looking forward I can’t but feeling so blessed as I go into my last 2 weeks in Barcelona. It’s time to make the most of time here and appreciate all that I am surrounded in.
The Best Summer of my Life
By: Jacob Zollinger
My time in Barcelona has officially come to a close. I cannot believe how fast it all seemed to go but in reflection, I would like to reminisce a bit. I can now say that I have lived abroad. I have now worked abroad as well and learned new coding languages. In addition, I can say that I learned (partially) a new language and can communicate with others that speak it. I have experienced many of Gaudi’s major works of art first hand. I have been a participant in San Fermin and ran with the bulls! I have relaxed on Ibiza.
However most of what I take for granted now, as I sit in a hotel room alone in Madrid during my travels after, are the lasting connections and friendships that I have made this summer. This experience would have been completely different if even one person were to be absent. So to all of my dreamers, thank you for the bottom of my heart. Thank you for letting me grow close as we dove into a new and unfamiliar culture and thrived. This isn’t goodbye Barcelona, this is just see you later. Until next time stay vibrant, everlasting, and captivating. Vale vale!!!
I am not ready to go back home! Realizing that I have to go bak to the U.S. where everything is fast-paced and a lot less laid back has highlighted the many differences between lifestyle’s. Public transportation, food portions, and taking naps are all aspects in which Barcelona differs from back home. I have really become accustomed to this lifestyle and it will be very hard to give it up!
After spending 2 month in the wonderful city of Barcelona, it has been hard thinking about my return to the United States. I have met some incredible people through my internship and my program to encounter this life changing experience with. Interning in Barcelona for this past summer provided me with a unique and valuable experience which I will next forget!