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A week of intercambios!

No pictures today....but I figured I would give a quick update on what I've been up to before I jet off to Rome for the weekend!!!

The past week I have been meeting tons of Spanish people--> so exciting! It has really been great!

The first few are intercambios (language partners). We first contacted each other through e-mail (based on a list arranged by Spanish universities and my study abroad program) and arranged to meet on our own to practice English and Spanish. So......

Saturday was Vanessa. I think she is my favorite! She is 29, loves to run, read, and do outdoorsy things, likes tea, and she was just so sweet! We ended up strolling around Barcelona for 4 hours, talking in Castellano (spanish) for 2 hours and English for 2 hours. It was great- she gave me the inside scoop on all sorts of things from slang to the local hangouts and great places to run! And we are meeting again tonight to go to her favorite tea cafe!

Sunday was a group hangout with Natalia, Carlos, y Veia. This was also great because we are all around the same age, and want to do all sorts of things together...they aren't very comfortable with their English, so we spoke in Castellano the whole time-awesome practice.

Monday was Dolores. We met at a cafe for a quick coffee, and she brought me beautiful postcards that her friend painted of some different Barcelona sites--> so great!! She is in her forties, and has an 18 year old daughter. She spoke in English, and I spoke in Spanish. She also put me in touch with her daughter, so we have also been in contact about meeting up!

And lastly, Tuesday night we had a Language Exchange Party hosted by a Spanish University and my study abroad program. It was so great because I met a ton of Spanish students as well as Erasmus students from all over Europe. We mostly spoke in English because many of them don't know Spanish, but there were some reall cool students and we are definitely going to get together again!

The weather has been slowly getting a little nicer in Barcelona, which makes the days SO enjoyable! I'm definitely becoming very familiar with the city, but still love exploring and going everywhere!

That's it for now....prepping for Rome! Getting excited!


Posted by Micheline 02:51

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Sounds great Micheline! Sounds like you are pretty much a local now! Have fun in Roma!!! Remember... when in Rome... hehe love you!!! xoxo

by Ana

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