I have been in Barcelona for almost two weeks now. It has been an exciting an adventure to get to know this amazing city. Barcelona is a vibrant, wonderful place, filled with history, amazing food and a passionate sports culture.
The amount of historical places in Barcelona is actually astounding. One of my favorite places I visited so far was the Sagrada Familia. The Sagrada Familia is a Catholic church that has been under construction since building began in 1882. It was designed by Antoni Gaudi, a famous architect that is responsible for many famous landmarks in Barcelona. This work is still under construction and is expected to be finished in 2026.
Being able to see the Sagrada Familia, a building so centered in the rich history of Barcelona, was simply amazing. It was such a modern building, yet had so much historical value to it.
The food in Barcelona is definitely something to write home about as well. Little plates of food called tapas is the primary cuisine. Fried squid, patatas bravos, tomato bread and plates of jamon are just some of the delicacies in Barcelona. Personally, I like to stick with tomato bread and patatas bravos. I wouldn’t consider myself a picky eater, but I’m not necessarily trying to eat fried tentacles. Even if you aren’t a lover of Spanish food, you can find cuisine from all over the globe in Barcelona. I’ve been able to explore some pretty cool taco joints and Italian restaurants in this city.
The love for the Barcelona football club is quite astounding as well. It definitely plays an integral role in the pace and culture of the city. Some of the students in my study abroad group were able to witness one of these soccer games. People paid over 100 euros to see FC Barcelona play on their home field. Some paid reduced prices, but had to sit alone in a single seat. The response to the game was the same, that it was an incredible, energetic experience.
While I have not seen a game, I have been able to experience the impact FC Barcelona has on this city. Every souvenir shop sells jerseys and other memorabilia. The other day, I even saw a parade randomly appear in a street featuring some of the players. At first, I didn’t realize it was a parade and assumed a riot of some sort had broken out, considering the passionate reactions from people attending.
I love spending my time in Barcelona. While it is a big city, it still feels sleepier and smaller than one in the United States. The culture is so vibrant and different than anything I have experienced. I am excited for even more Barcelona adventures ahead and to immerse myself in this city!