expectations and impressions
Well I know that I am terrible late with writing this first assignment on impressions and expectations of Barcelona, but it`s just that for these last two couples of weeks I have had friends and family from Norway visiting me. So I have been a busy guide, but it has been a lot of fun- I loved showing them “our” beautiful city and all it has to offer.
When I first received the message that I was exepted into the ERASMUS-exchange program in Barcelona I was thrilled. I didn`t know so much about the city and so I started to do a little “research” about Barcelona, I bought guidebooks and looked it up at the internet. I was truly impressed over what this city could offer and my expectations grew. I have been to Spain five times before, but never in Barcelona. I have been at the cost of Costa Brava three times and in Mallorca two times. I have only pleasent memories from Spain and the spanish people and culture.
I have read and heard from people who have been to Barcelona, that it is a big city, so I thought that I would be totally overvelmed and that it would take me a lot of time to get to know the city. But actually now beeing here it isn`t so huge. The distance from one metrostop to the next isn`t far and everything(places and streets) are systematic and well organized. It is easy and fun just to walk around in this city-discovering new sites, attractions and shoppingareas. People also told me before I came here that I had to be careful, it was a dangerous city! So I came here believing that I soon would be robbed or even something worse. But I still, two months later, haven`t seen or been involved in anything like that(..knock on wood...) So I`m kind of releaved about thatJ
I knew that this city was famous for its arcitecture. And i was really looking forward to seeing all of this.
I though that this mañana mañana-attitude that we have heard so much about would me more visible. But I`m glad it isn`t. Althoug shopping here in Barcelona is exellent I don`t like the service from the big chain stores like Zara, bershka, PAN`s etc. They never smile at you and the mañana mañana-attitude is clearly obvious. I know that this probably has to do with the large number of customers they receive every day, but still.....
FOOD: I just love the food here in this countryJ. I was kind of nervouse about that before I left Norway because I love norwegian food(of course...) and I didn`t think I would enjoy the gastronomic kichen here! Luckily I was wrong! My favorite restaurant at this moment would have to be either Margarita blue or Nuria.
I have been in Barcelona for about two months now, and its an awesome city- I love it. It has everything anyone could desire-a nice beach, beautiful weather, exellent shopping, different arcitecture and many many leisure and attractions sites. I know also that the three months I have left here will be amazing. Looking forward to getting to know everyone of you better and to have a lot of fun together.