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  • Spain Does Fire Again: Las Fallas

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    ErinButler

    by: ErinButler

    created on: Mar 23, 2011 | Barcelona, Spain

    Last weekend we were unsurprised to learn that Spain was going to have a festival where they dangerously used fire in celebration.  This time we had to travel down to Valencia to see it, about a 4 hour trip from Barcelona.  We found a cheap and convenient bus to take us there and back, and arrived in the city at about 4pm, only 2 hours after schedule, which isn't too …

  • Valencia and Las Fallas

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    MandyKompanowski

    by: MandyKompanowski

    created on: Mar 20, 2011 | Valencia, Spain

    Hey!! I just got back from Valencia and it was a blast. I went there for Las Fallas and it was so cool. Las Fallas are some statue/monument like things made out of a paper material. Some were as big as the buildings; they were huge. I heard that some of them cost 60,000 Euros to make. And at the end of the night they are all burned to the ground. …

  • Tarragona

    KelsieGleason

    by: KelsieGleason

    created on: Mar 19, 2011 | Tarragona, Spain

    Yesterday was our last group trip together! I’m so sad that time is going by so fast and I’m trying not to think about leaving. I’ve decided that our host family will be adopting me so that I can stay here forever. (Not sure about the logistics of adopting a 20 year-old, but I still have a few weeks to get it figured out…) The trip to Tarragona was amazing …

  • Spanish Wine Country

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    KelsieGleason

    by: KelsieGleason

    created on: Mar 15, 2011 | Barcelona, Spain

                Yesterday I took my family on a tour of the Catalan wine country. We took the Renfe train out to the Penedes region, stopping at Torres Winery first. We watched a movie about the history of the company and the 7 generations of family members that have run it, and then we got on a train to tour the vineyard. We saw where they grew the grapes and which …

  • Montserrat

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    KelsieGleason

    by: KelsieGleason

    created on: Mar 15, 2011 | Barcelona, Spain

    Since yesterday was a holiday and most of the attractions in Barcelona were closed, my family and I went on a day trip to Montserrat. It was a little over an hour away on the Renfe, but the view from the train was beautiful and it was cool to see all the little towns around Barcelona. I think a lot of people had the same idea as us, because the …

  • Sagrada Familia

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    KelsieGleason

    by: KelsieGleason

    created on: Mar 15, 2011 | Barcelona, Spain

    My family is here visiting this week! They arrived yesterday and I’m busy playing tourguide. As one of their first excursions I took them to Sagrada Familia today. I had only seen it from the outside until now, so it was cool for me to see too. The line just to get in wrapped around the entire building, but moved pretty fast. The waiting time for the lift was even …

  • Sitges Carnaval

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    KelsieGleason

    by: KelsieGleason

    created on: Mar 15, 2011 | Barcelona, Spain

    Since it is the week before lent, carnaval is in full swing here in Spain. It is similar to Mardi Gras like in the US, but instead of beginning on Fat Tuesday, the celebration begins 6 days before Ash Wednesday, with “Greasy Thursday.” That means a whole week of parades and festivities, the most well-known of which is in Sitges. I took my family with me to see the parade …

  • Museo de la Música

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    KelsieGleason

    by: KelsieGleason

    created on: Mar 15, 2011 | Barcelona, Spain

    There are so many tiny little museums dedicated to weird things in Barcelona, like wax figures, religious artifacts, shoes, funeral carriages, and even erotica, that there’s no way I would ever be able to see them all. I found out that they even have a medical sciences museum, but it is closed for renovations while I’m here. I did manage to find another cool museum though—one about the history of …

  • Carnaval

    AlexandraHill

    by: AlexandraHill

    created on: Mar 08, 2011 | Spain

    A few of use from our program decided to go to Sitges to celebrate Carnaval on Sunday night. We wanted to experience the awesome parade and all the people. It was an awesome experience! I was really glad we went and I got my Carnaval fill for a while. It was something I have never experienced before. The people, the noise, the costumes, the actions of people. Just everything was …

  • Salsa class!

    ElizabethExo

    by: ElizabethExo

    created on: Mar 07, 2011 | Barcelona, Spain

    During the month of February I took a few salsa dancing classes with Emily, Kelsie, Hillary, Alexa, Parker, Danny and Alex. It was really fun to learn a Spanish dance, although it's not really native to Catalonia. I liked learning different techniques and seeing the differences between dances native to spain like the salsa vs. more american dances like hip hop or something of that nature. We also learned new …

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