Hello from Spain!

I am no longer Barcelona-bound…   I’ve finally arrived!  Indeed, I’ve been here for 10 days now and have already completed one full week of M-F, 9-6pm class at ESADE Business School.  Another class with the same schedule starts on Monday.  In addition to these two intensive courses, I’ll be taking three during the regular semester that runs from October to the week of Christmas.My transition has been an easy one so far.  Indeed, I’m better prepared with my Spanish skills than I would have thought I’d be.  The advantages growing up in LA and living in California nearly all of my life.  Additionally, I’ve subletted a room with 2 current ESADE students who are originally from the states.  Couple that with class instruction being in English, it is conceivably possible for me to get by speaking minimal Spanish.  Of course, that would kill n absolutely wonderful opportunity for me to develop my language skills.  Thus, I have purposely been out and about attempting to speak to locals, whether it be at restaurants or just on the streets.

I applaud the EWMBA program for having an exchange program, and for providing this opportunity for me to broaden my education experience.  Although only here for a semester, I can tell I will be opening myself to unforgettable experiences that will be invauable.  Additionally, I will be expanding my network to include people from all over the world..

Assuming my travel plans remain unchanged, and I stay outside of the states through the new year, this will be the longest period of time away from the US since I was three years old.  Indeed, I’ve done very limited international travel, and from the start was looking towards this opportunity to rectify that situation.  Prior to arriving in Barcelona, my fiance and I spent about 10 days traveling through France.  The absolutely unforgettable trip took us through several areas including the Bordeaux region, Lyon, as well as Avignon and Provence.

I’m already checking my calendar for an available weekend to head back, specifically to see Paris and Versailles, which we missed.  I also will try to return to Italy, the only European country I’d been to prior to this month.  Other than those locales, I have nothing set.  So if you have suggestions on where I must go, please suggest away!

One thought on “Hello from Spain!

  1. Hello there. One quick tip:

    Combine visiting major european cities with local trips around Spain…

    when I first came to Spain I was facinated with the fact of having Italy, France and the rest of Europe so close to me! Being used to do longer distances just to move within a same state back home.
    My mistake was not focusing in getting to know Spain better, where you have key places that you can not leave without visiting.
    I remember having dinner with some friends one year after my first time in Spain. They knew more about Spain from a 20 days visit than me from a year time here.
    Life brought me back to this great country seven years ago. Since then, I normally use one weekend per month to discover a new place,now I do it with my spanish wife and my two kids. And we always return facinated with the discovery of a great place.
    Enjoy! And let me know if you need help in planning your local tours.
    Juan Manuel

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