We have a new workplacement in Camino, Rebecca from UK. She has been here for 1 week now and has prepared a blog on her first impressions of Barcelona:
I’m Rebecca (22 years old) and I am now working for Camino Barcelona. I am doing my work experience here for four months. I do German and Spanish at my home university in England and I needed to do four months of my year abroad in Spain. I wanted to improve my Spanish, so I thought that the best way to do this was in a working environment and Camino Barcelona offers this.
Camino Barcelona offers courses for people who want to improve their Spanish. The courses offered are from beginner level to advanced level, so they are used to meeting all different kinds of people of different nationalities.
This was apparent in they way they helped me on my first day. They were helpful and understood that I might have a few problems with communicating in Spanish. The friendly staff helped me to fit in straight away by showing me around and introducing me to everyone. This was all done in Spanish but when there were communication problems they also explained it in English too. The staff here are sincere and helped me understand what they were saying even if that meant that they had to speak slower than usual. This was helpful and it made me feel at ease on my first day.
I will be working here from the end of February until the end of June, so I will be fortunate enough to experience a Spanish summer because the weather will be getting better by the day. This means that I will be able to have the opportunity to explore this city as much as possible in the lovely warm climate.
I chose Barcelona because when I did some research, this city seemed the most vibrant and it seemed to have lots of culture and history but at the same time it seemed modern. It was just what I was looking for because it seemed to have everything. When I arrived the city didn’t disappoint me. There are lots of things to do in Barcelona, for example, visiting monuments, going to the beach, exploring the city itself and of course having a stroll down ´La Rambla´ to the port, where there are even more things to do. There are also lots of restaurants and bars in this city so there is no chance of you getting bored here. I can say that there is truly something for everyone in Barcelona.
I have only been in this city for 5 days so I still have lots to see, however the things to see and do are endless and I think that fitting all of it in, in four months, will be a challenge but an enjoyable one. Not only is there so many things that can occupy you in the city of Barcelona, there are also other interesting cities very close to Barcelona, like Tarragona or Girona, which you can get to by train. So if you want to go further out, there are other cities to visit and explore.
In Barcelona there is a main tourist part (La Rambla and the port) but even the locals are there so you feel that you are actually a part or this wonderful city and not just a tourist. The people in Barcelona seem friendly and are willing to help if you have a problem. There is a real vibe in this city which you feel as soon as you go anywhere in Barcelona.
These are only first impressions and I feel that I have seen lots already but I am looking forward to learning so much more about this wonderful, vibrant city.