¡Hola a todos! My name is Zeenia and I am currently studying and working at Camino Barcelona. I applied for the work experience programme which means I have Spanish classes in the morning and I work in the school during the afternoons. I guess that puts me in the great position, as a student and as a member of staff, to tell you about the school, the city and life here in general.
As a student of French, Spanish and Portuguese, I am currently on my year abroad in order to improve my language skills and knowledge as well as further my understanding of the cultures behind the languages. Having been in Portugal and France before arriving here in Spain, I have travelled aplenty during the last fifteen months. However, being in Barcelona really has made me forget about home since it is a city that welcomes anyone and everyone, involves both locals and tourists in several cultural and social activities and simply thrives on the diversity of people, culture and entertainment. As long as you embrace your experience in Barcelona I am certain it is almost impossible not to have an amazing time!
Barcelona has always had a great reputation due to the fact there is never a shortage of activities to keep you occupied. From the breath-taking architecture, relaxing parks, wonderful Mediterranean Sea and long sandy beaches to the mouth-watering gastronomy, numerous lively bars and an inspiring city centre, you will never have to rack your brains for something to do or see! Yet although I knew this about Barcelona before arriving, I was dubious as to whether it were all true or a great exaggeration. Fear not since Barcelona is a fantastic place and I have found all the amazing comments I have heard to be true.
Having now been here a month, I have managed to explore the city and I must say it is home to some extraordinary treasures. For a start, I live five minutes from the Sagrada Familia (The Sacred Family) which is one of Antonio Gaudi´s most famous works and definitely worth a visit. Other interesting architecture includes Casa Batlló, La Pedrera and the Gothic Cathedral. Of course Las Ramblas are extremely well-known and, I must add, for good reason since it is one of the lively hotspots of Barcelona.However, down the side streets off Las Ramblas lies interesting and inspiring places including the Gothic Quarter and El Raval and straight down you will eventually reach Barceloneta where you will find the beach! The football stadium is also a must-see; I am not a fan of football but even I could appreciate the glorius stadium! The castle at Montjuic has wonderful views across the city as does Parc Guell, another example of Gaudi´s work. There are plenty of parks,museums, plazas, interesting quarters, restaurants, shops, bars, clubs - I have not been bored for even a minute here!
As for the classes - what can I say? Studying is studying however Camino school does make it as interactive as possible inducing a relaxed and interesting working atmosphere. I suppose the thought of going to the beach, around town or shopping in the afternoon also helps us to get through the morning classes! Even after four weeks I feel as though my spanish has improved and using the language when out and about has definitely become easier and more enjoyable for me. At times Catalan, the language in the region of Catalunya, is expected from certain locals but it is nothing to worry about since they all speak Castellano and furthermore they really respect and appreciate foreigners speaking and practising their language.So what are you waiting for? Come over and explore Barcelona whilst learning a bit of spanish!