Barcelona

Get lost in the charms of Barcelona – Spain’s second-largest city, which sits on the Mediterranean Sea. Barcelona has a rich cultural heritage dating back at least 2,000 years when it gained prominence as a Roman town under its old name, Barcino. The city became an international household name when it hosted the Olympic Games in 1992. Since then, Barcelona has seen a shift towards the modern, all while retaining and celebrating its history.

Outdoor markets, museums, churches and restaurants, Barcelona has much to offer the curious visitor. From the lively Las Ramblas, one of the world’s most famous boulevards, to sunny Mediterranean beaches, to the Gothic Quarter, Barcelona is a city made for walking and exploring. Be enchanted by the works of architect Gaudi and Pablo Picasso. Barcelona is noted for its extensive Metro – so you won’t have to worry about getting anywhere.

Explore El Raval, a once seedy, now hip district. Futbol enthusiasts should check out Nou Camp, one of the largest and most presitioug stadiums in Europe. Hikers might be interested in Montiguic, a mountain that has several rewarding attractions when you get to the top, besides the view. Tibidabo Mountai is a larger mountain with an even better view of Barcelona. For day excursions right outside the city, you can find villages, vineyards, mountain ranges and monasteries to explore. Barcelona is a city to take your time in – revel in the sights around you, and don’t forget to try some of the best seafood you’ll have in Europe.

Cooking traditional Spanish dishes at home: Hummus

Cooking traditional Spanish dishes at home: Hummus

Share When most people think of hummus, they think of the Middle East but because of the Middle East’s proximity to the Mediterranean Sea, hummus actually has many Mediterranean influences. Many people are unaware that Spanish food is considered Mediterranean. For my blog this week, I will be making Spanish-style hummus. I based my recipe…

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Swimwear on Spanish beaches differs from typical U.S. attire

Swimwear on Spanish beaches differs from typical U.S. attire

Share Throughout Spain, a modest and conservative dress code applies. Longer shorts and skirts are preferred in the summer, and crop tops and tight miniskirts are discouraged for religious reasons. There’s only one exception: beachwear. Swimwear in Spain is viewed as anything but conservative. “It’s super provocative and always controversial at runway shows,” fashion writer…

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Spanish bucket list for the average college student

Spanish bucket list for the average college student

Share Whether you’re planning to backpack through Europe, study abroad or explore Spain on a family vacation, this blog will provide insights into the essential places that college students must visit during any trip! Each week we will feature a different college student who has been to Spain to give readers tips, hints, and suggestions…

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Experienced travelers recommend doing research on Spain before traveling

Experienced travelers recommend doing research on Spain before traveling

Share From a podium nested inside a classroom on the third floor of B.B. Comer, Ignacio Rodeño examines novels and short stories written in his native language. As he reads texts aloud to a classroom of mostly American students, he adds side notes about his country’s culture and shares as much history as can fit…

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Cooking traditional Spanish dishes at home: Paella

Cooking traditional Spanish dishes at home: Paella

Share For my first cooking attempt, I made a dish Spain is known for: paella. Some American Spanish restaurants compare paella to jambalaya. Each region of Spain has different takes on paella, but I made a standard recipe I based off of this website. Parts of the site were actually in Spanish – which I…

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Real Madrid C.F., F.C. Barcelona share a rivalry with no rivals

Share The United States has its fair share of sports rivalries: college football’s Alabama and Auburn, NBA’s the Celtics and Lakers, and baseball’s Red Sox and the Yankees.  Whether it’s the fact that they are only separated by 125 miles or the Curse of the Bambino, each of these teams has specific reasons for despising…

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