Monday, May 6, 2013

Last Day

Today was our last day at the school. Our cooperating teachers brought us food and T-shirts, and we were all very sad to leave. We have one more day to say goodbye to Barcelona and our host families.

Friday, May 3, 2013

My "Little" Side Trip to Rome

Must See Locations in Rome
(to be updated)

The Colosseum, Inside and Out.

Trevi Fountain: Night and Day

This was by far my favorite site in Rome. Don't forget to make a wish and throw a coin!

Vatican City?

If you love lines, elbow-to-elbow crowds, lots of walking in elbow-to-elbow crowds, and not being able to take pictures once you get to your favorite part (The Sistine Chapel), then, sure visit The Vatican. However, be wary of the tour traps. If you're willing to wait in the hour or so long line to enter the Vatican, you can pay under 10 euro for admission (that's what some of my friends did). I paid 40 euro for a tour, and the tour guide left all but about five members of the group behind about halfway through the tour, and we lost communication (but we got to skip the line!...not worth it). Don't underestimate the amount of walking, and be sure to wear comfortable shoes.

Sagrada Familia

I was lucky enough to get free admission to Gaudi's Sagrada Famila (compliments of the school), after some of my students invited me to go with them on St. Jordi's Day. It's a beautiful, unique cathedral and a must-see if you're ever in Barcelona.

Front view.

The columns look like trees!

Back view.

Park Guell

Park Guell was designed by Catalonia's favorite architect, Antonio Gaudi. It's the most beautiful, elaborate park I've ever seen. It's one of my favorite sites in Barcelona, despite the constant crowd. For more information on the history and tourism of the park, see the links below:

Gaudi's House

St. Jordi's Day

St. Jordi's Day is the Valentine's Day of Catalonia. It's a day to celebrate a legend involving dragons and royalty. In order to celebrate it, men buy roses for the women and the women buy books for the men. There are book and rose stands set up on just about every street corner on St. Jordi's Day, which brings even more life to the beautiful city or Barcelona.

La Rambla on St. Jordi's Day

Book and rose vendors.

My host dad got roses for all the ladies in the house!