Another perfect day in beautiful Barcelona — wonderful weather to greet the students as they arrived at the airport today. Three students appeared on the scene earlier this week, but the other eight arrived within a four-hour time span. Two arrived sans luggage, but everyone is lending them items until their luggage arrives — a t-shirt, size 9 comfortable shoes, etc.
Students are staying at the Melon District, a new residential facility for students — only three-metro stops away from the Placa de Catalunya, the bustling city centre that leads into La Rambla. Although a bit disorganized at first, the staff there got everyone into their rooms. Most of the students took short naps.
Los Toreros was the location for our “Welcome to Barcelona” dinner, and it was the first time we had all been together in the same location (although we missed Karl, who will be teaching the last three weeks of the five-week study abroad program). We had our own little room — until a bachelor party moved in with us. Uh huh. You’ll catch a glimpse of some of them in the photos.
We ate a traditional Catalan dinner, which consisted of tapas and sangria. Journalists should never say a good time was had by all, but gosh darn it, a good time was had by all. This is one amazing group of young people, and I feel privileged and excited to work with each one of them.
Check back here tomorrow. The students will be blogging as part of their assignment for the trip. I’m looking forward to reading about Barcelona and Madrid through their eyes, and I hope you are too.