imberlykay's Travel Journals


  • 26 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.

I have arrived!

Spain Barcelona, Spain  |  Aug 30, 2012
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  • Wax museum with Silence of the Lambs exhibit

  • Tour of Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, Ireland during my 10 hour layover

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Greetings from Barcelona!

First off, I want to let everyone know that this is going to be a personal journal as well as a journal for family and friends so it will be somewhat detailed and extensive. That being said, I am not expecting everyone to keep up and read every single sentence/paragraph/journal entry. (:

Let's get started...

My journey to Spain was quiet interesting..10 hour layover in Dublin, Ireland which was fun. I took the shuttle and went out and about in Dublin, walked around for quite some time and took some pictures, then decided to catch a taxi and ask what I should do for the day. Now, I realize that all of you are probably thinking, "HOW DANGEROUS OH MY GOODNESS KIMBERLY ANNE YOU NEED TO BE CAREFUL". Relax, I'm a big girl and I'm fine, Dublin is safe, and the taxi driver was very helpful. So first I went to the Guinness Storehouse which was cheap and interesting. Honestly I don't care about how beer is made so I basically paid 10 euro for a pint. Might I add that it was extremely delicious. After that I walked around a bit longer and stumbled upon a wax museum which was AWESOME. Favorite exhibit: Silence of the Lambs, but the lines of the movie that they used were recorded by Irishmen. Just awesome..made my day because it's one of my favorite movies. After that I went to a popular local pub called O'Neills and had corned beef, mashed potatoes (mash, as they call it) and vegetables (vegg). The food was great, and so were the people. Also I should add that while roaming around I saw Saint Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College among many other important/famous sites. Overall I would say that it was a pretty fun day. I wish that I had planned a little more so that I could have taken advantage of Dublin for the time that I had, but c'est la vie. I'm planning on going back while I'm in Spain, but this time I will go with friends so that I will be able to experience what Dublin has to offer with others and have activities planned.

By the way..I am writing from my room in my apartment which is in downtown Barcelona, Spain and it is absolutely beautiful. My host mother is wonderful, which makes me feel a lot better considering some stories I heard about host families in Spain. Right off the bat she welcomed me and was extremely nice and considerate of me and my needs. She also said a few things that I was very happy about: 1). she stays away from red meat 2). no curfew (I have a set of keys: AWESOME) 3). I don't have to cook or do laundry...ever 3). the apartment has WIFI (probably most exciting thing so that I can keep in contact with you all) 4). I am 15 minutes from the beach! My host father was nice, and I have yet to meet my host sister but from what it sounds like we will get along. So those are some things that I am very excited about. I already know that I am going to have a great time and feel so lucky to have this opportunity. It is just about 11:00am and I am waiting for the other student who will be living across the hall from me, and then later at 4pm we will be leaving to go to our first orientation. I think I covered most of everything but I am pretty tired and kind of hungry so I might grab a snack and a siesta.

Before I go, a few things..I would love to have pen pals! AND I would love to skype with whoever wants to: kimberly9286. Pictures you guys

ps- all of the pictures I upload to each journal will appear on the right side, right below the map.

Until next time (:

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  • While stumbling around a foreign country is fun and exciting, you will probably feel lonely, unsure of what to do, and grow very tired very fast. And so, my tip is: plan what you want to see/do before you go!

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