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KelsieGleason Kelsie Gleason

  • 27 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.

Last Weekend in Barcelona

Spain Barcelona, Spain  |  Apr 08, 2011
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            The weather for our last weekend in Barcelona has been great, so I’m celebrating by doing as many things as possible and continuing my favorite activity of wandering aimlessly around the city after classes. This week I finally went to see Casa Milá from the inside, which was actually pretty cool. The roof has a bunch of chimneys that are shaped like masked figures. Kind of creepy, but definitely cool. Then there’s the attic or the “Gaudi Space” which basically just told about his life and his architecture style. Then, my favorite part, the apartment. It was decorated with furniture from the original period in which the building was constructed and was really cool to see. Now that the weather here is getting so nice the tourists are starting to arrive in packs though, which is frustrating. I had to fight my way through masses of Brits just to get through Casa Mila and the line was unbelievably long. I do enjoy messing with them by pretending I’m not American. One group in particular was so busy looking at everything through the lenses of their cameras that they paid no attention to where they were going and kept running into other people. I enjoyed giving them disapproving looks while listening to my Castellano audioguide.

            This week I also finally went to the chocolate museum. I live right next to the Born, the neighborhood that the museum is in, and I walk by there at least twice a week, but I’ve never actually gone in until now. It’s a fairly small museum but was way cooler than I expected. There was lots of info about the history of chocolate and its different uses, but my favorite parts was just looking at the tons of different chocolate sculptures. There was a sculpture of a gorilla, a bullfight, Spongebob and Patrick, Minnie Mouse, a footballer, the movie Up, an organ, and the Sagrada Familia. There was also a window to a little room where you could watch the patissiers make things out of chocolate. I’m jealous of their jobs and I don’t know how they manage to work with chocolate all day without eating all of it. They must have to have self-control classes in order to work there because even the tickets to the museum are chocolate bars. You can’t even work the front desk without being surrounded by chocolate…

            Now that classes are ending soon the final projects are really starting to pile up, but I rewarded myself for my productivity by taking a trip to everyone’s favorite place—the zoo! I’ve been working on the papers for about a month and have had 3 of the 4 final papers done for about a week now, so I thought I deserved a field trip. The Barcelona Zoo is really close to our apartment, just a short walk through the Parc de la Ciutadella, and we’ve been dying to go there all semester. With the nice weather today though, it was the perfect time to finally go. We were probably the oldest people in there, surrounded by hundreds of little Spanish elementary students, but we had just as much fun as the little kids. I got a picture with every giraffe (real, plastic, or wooden) that I saw, and had a lot of fun staring at all the animals and making friends with the monkeys.

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