imberlykay's Travel Journals

imberlykay

  • 25 years old
  • From Illinois, United States
  • Currently in Buenos Aires, Argentina

My First Trip to Europe: Study Abroad in Barcelona, Spain

I will be writing here for family and friends to follow me, read about my experiences, and view photos that I will be taking while abroad.

Barcelonesa

Spain Barcelona, Spain  |  Apr 29, 2013
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 24 days left in this wonderful city.. 

It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged and I’ve done some amazing things so I wanted to write a brief update..

Since I got back from Portugal I have:

-gone on a weekend trip to Madrid with my program

-saw one of my absolute favorite bands, Mumford and Sons, here in Barcelona

-visited Barcelona’s Labyrinth Park

-hiked up Tibidabo

-celebrated my 21st birthday

-celebrated my first Diada de Sant Jordi

I will post a picture from each to the photo section :)

If I wrote about all of the above in great detail it would be way too long so I want to write about Diada de Sant Jordi. This was easily my favorite day out of all of my time here in Barcelona.

Diada de Sant Jordi is a holiday celebrated in Catalonia and is similar to Valentine’s day but isn’t comparable at all. I have been told the legend a few different ways but this is my favorite version: a dragon appeared in a small pueblo outside of Barcelona and began to eat the animals, women and children. In order to satisfy the dragon the pueblo would offer a person to the dragon each year. One year, the princess of the pueblo was chosen, but was saved by Sant Jordi. Sant Jordi killed the dragon with a sword and it is said that when the dragon was stabbed it bled red roses. Because of this, it is traditional for boys to give girls red roses. And because on the same day Shakespeare and Cervantes died, girls give boys books. This was such a beautiful day in Barcelona. The streets were covered with stands selling roses and books, and there was love everywhere. I gave roses to a few of my friends (friends and family can also give roses or books). I aim to continue celebrating this day when I get back to the states..

so there’s a little bit of Catalan culture for you..

I only have 24 days left in this wonderful city..can’t believe it. I’m going to do my best to make the most of it.

Talk to you guys soon

Kimberlyxoxo

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