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KelsieGleason Kelsie Gleason

  • 28 years old
  • From Illinois, United States
  • Currently in Barcelona, Spain

Visions and Revisions: Discovering the Culture of Barcelona

This journal will serve as a collection of my experiences, observations, and reflections over the next four months of cultural immersion in Barcelona.

Barça tiene mi corazón

Spain Barcelona, Spain  |  Mar 22, 2011
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I’ve been so busy this week wandering around the city enjoying the great weather and hanging out in the park that I completely forgot to post about the Barça game we went to last Saturday! The football team is a HUGE deal here in Barcelona, and the entire stadium was packed. Even against a small team like Getafe I don’t think there was a single empty seat in Camp Nou! The game was great and it was awesome to get to experience it in person. The crowd got really into it and we joined them in singing the Barça hymn, screaming about bad calls, and cheering “gooooooollllll” every time Barça scored. I was surprised by how many little kids were at the game. If I were a parent I would not be spending that kind of money for a 4 year-old to see a football game they probably don’t understand, but all the dads were explaining the game to their children and singing the Barça hymn with them. It was pretty adorable. There was one little girl right in front of us that kept cheering “Barça, Barça, Baaaaarça!” FC Barcelona won the game (obviously) and the final score was 2-1. Dani Alves scored the first goal and Bojan scored the second. No goals by Messi, surprisingly, although he came close to scoring a few times. After the game we followed the crowds back to the metro where there was a line half a block long just to go down the tunnel. We squeezed so many people into that metro car that none of us could even move. It was interesting trying to maneuver around so that people could get off the metro at their stops. After a few big stops the train had cleared out for the most part and we could ride comfortably back to Arc de Triomf. We made it back to our block just in time to catch the second half of the Madrid game at our friendly neighborhood Argentinean bar. We’ve decided that the two owners, Martín and Rodrigo, are our Spanish best friends. They know us by name and give dos besos when they see us walking down the street. They’ve shown us pictures of their children and themselves as kids when they played on the same youth football team together. They’ve even met my family now. Their bar is only 3 doors down from our apartment, so we love going there to practice Spanish with them, eat good Argentinean food, and watch football. They’re currently in the process of convincing us to stay in Barcelona forever. They have a pretty convincing argument…

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