Hola Primavera x

Six flights, six trains, nine buses and three boat journeys later, Semana Santa is over and I have started the final term. It is a simultaneously exciting and depressing prospect that my placement is nearing the finish line. The past month has been manic, predominantly in a good way: I went to a ‘Calcotada’ at…

Chapter Six- To Stay Or Not To Stay (that is the question)

It’s been a while since my last blog because I’ve been busy doing nice things, as well as spending a fair amount of time worrying about what I will do with my life next year (and in more general terms). Here is a condensed summary of my Jan/Feb/beginning of March, for anyone who cares: My…

Chapter five: Winter travels

It’s been a while since I last updated my blog, mainly because the past month has been jam-packed with various excursions. My trips have involved several near-disasters and multiple embarrassing moments, in more than one nation.Nonetheless, I have had a fab time, and returning to classrooms full of Catalan youths on Monday was a little more…

Chapter 4: Autumn in Barcelona

Prior to my arrival, I had not anticipated that Autumn would be an enjoyable time to spend in Barcelona. In fact, I hadn’t really imagined what the city might be like this time of year. All I could think about was the sun and the beach and the fact that I wouldn’t have to sleep…

Chapter two: slowly but surely

In this post I shall attempt to summarise the past month, and my experiences with regards to teaching, learning Spanish and blending in with the Catalan folk (or not, as it were). General Observations: Spanish people do not know how to cope with rain. Precipitation is a rarity here, so when the heavens do finally…

Chapter One: the first 21 days

A lot has happened in a short space of time. Here is a summary of my life here so far: I attended a wedding, having met the groom about three minutes before the ceremony. I didn’t know anyone apart from my host family. My host family’s Grandad, Sisco, pretended to be a priest even though it was…

Week 1 in Barcelona

After spending the vast majority of the past seven days in an exhausted daze, it is hard to believe that I have been in Barcelona for a week already. Throughout my stay so far, there have been ups and downs, but predominantly ups. I have consumed a lot of food I wouldn’t have touched with…

Final Preparations…

It’s nineteen days ‘til my departure. As my ten year old cousin would say: ‘Holy smokes’. I don’t know where the summer has gone. I really have no idea. Somewhere, in between the days lounging on the beach in Cornwall, visiting Germany, graduating, going to Tramlines (a festival in Sheffield for anyone not from the…

Blog No.2: (uni) life lessons

Once again, I am writing a post under the blog name of ‘A Bristolian Abroad’, whilst having both feet firmly placed on British soil. I apologise for this misleading title. Nonetheless, it is less than two months until my departure, and I have something to write about: this week the realisation has fully set in…

Blog No.1: Introductions, Pre-departure stress & Post-Brexit blues

I would like to point out at this point, despite the title of the blog, I haven’t actually moved to Barcelona yet. I am currently (and disappointingly) a Bristolian living in Bristol. Or to be more precise, Yate. A small, back-wards looking town North of Bristol.