This week is midterms week! YAYYYY… 😦 So I have been really busy studying and writing essays (aka. facebooking, watching a Barca game, and writing this blog…) It’s difficult to be in such an awesome city and stay in your apartment to do work, but I guess it’s one of the few complaints I have here. I would also rather be stuck inside somewhere in Spain than stuck inside somewhere back home. Although San Francisco is amazing as well- as you can see I have a very difficult life. But back to this week:
Three of my four housemates were gone this weekend- the two American guys went to Granada, Spain with their own program and the girl in my program took a weekend trip to Rome, Italy. So it was pretty quiet but a good opportunity to catch up on classes. Saturday night, there was a huge futbol game- Barcelona v. Real Madrid, so every bar, restaurant and cafe was packed. A few friends and I watched the game at a local bar, and I honestly got more of a kick out of watching the crowd’s reaction to plays and calls more than the actual game itself. After winning 2-1, we headed down to “La Rambla” and found another spot to have some sangria and celebrate. The streets were packed and groups were gathered around “Font de Canaletes” (Canaletes Fountain) to celebrate. Font de Canaletes is an “ornate fountain, crowned by a lamp post, in the upper part of La Rambla and nowadays is the city’s most popular meeting point, and a fixture of football fans and hooligans after Barça football matches since the 1930s”. Also, tradition has it that one who drinks from the Font de Canaletes will come back to Barcelona. As I am not too sure yet about the tap water here, I passed, but I’ll take my chances and hopefully get to visit this beautiful city again in my lifetime.
Some highlights from the game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFHRZ2JpIlE
On an exciting note: after this week is over, one of my oldest friends who I’ve known since elementary school, Moriah, is coming to stay a few nights with me here. She’s studying abroad this semester as well in London and wants to see Barcelona. I’ve always wanted to see London too, and thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to do it, so I also booked a flight to visit her in late November! Can’t wait to see Big Ben, red phone booths, and all of those other “touristy” things.