Last weekend my friend came to visit me in Rome and it was so fun! We did everything that's a must in Rome for example the Colosseum and the Trevi fountain. My friend loved everything I showed them and felt as though they got the full Rome experience in less than 48 hours. My friend also loved that I showed them some things you might only see and know about if you live there, because they are totally underrated. Since I already talked about my Rome weekends, I wanted to combined this week with my weekend talk about Barcelona! Barcelona was nothing like I excepted it to be. It is such a big and modern city when I honestly was excepting a smaller place that was less westernized with more tradition and culture, but I did not feel this way at all. That being said, my friends and I planned this weekend based off of people who studied abroad in Barcelona’s to do list. If you knew someone who studied abroad in Barcelona, I suggest taking advice from them because of course they will tell you about the main tourist spots to see, but since they lived here for four months, they will really be able to give you some insight on places to go that might not be as popular but are defiantly underrated and amazing. Also, on these trips we have been staying in hostels and in the lobby in most hostels the people working here will help you navigate the city and most hostels have organized events for you to do. For example our hostel had transportation there and back to a soccer game which was so convenient and helpful since were not familiar with the city. Most hostels also do this and it's a great way to also become familiar with something you may have not known about the city before! Anyways, On Thursday, we went to this cute little restaurant near to our hostel and got "tapas" which is appetizers and this is what Barcelona is known for. Whenever I go to the places we are traveling for the weekend, I like to do exactly what the people of the culture do to feel as though I'm emerging myself into their culture even if it's for the weekend. It makes the experience so much more exciting! On Friday, we went to the famous Park Guell where we walked around and saw the beautiful styled art done by Gaudi. This spot was not only beautiful and picturesque, but it overlooked the whole city which was cool to see. That night, we went to the clubs because Barcelona is known for their clubs as well. This was a fun experience to see what the people here do at night but also made me appreciate Rome so much. When choosing to study abroad, I was so torn between studying in Barcelona or Rome and although I loved this weekend, I still feel as though Rome is the only place in the world that is not completely modernized and is filled with amazing culture and after coming here, I am 150% positive that I made the right choice. Barcelona has a unique culture of its own but there is just nothing like Rome. Anyways, on Saturday we went to a famous brunch place that everyone we talked to suggested. It was called Brunch and Cake. Brunch is a cultural aspect of Barcelona and we wanted to be a part of it! We waited in line for two hours but the food was amazing and it was so fun and totally worth it. The best about about this brunch was that my friends and I were sitting next to the girl who played Orphan and was in the hunger games and had no idea, until her friend walked in and was the girl from soul surfer and it clicked in our head that she was famous. I honestly was so happy that before that I didn't know she was famous and it didn't click in my head because before this, we were talking to her so normally and she was so cool. She probably really appreciated we were not all over her for being famous and treated her like a normal person. That being said, I felt so cool that we were doing what famous people were doing and this is not the first time we've had this experience. in Positano, we met the pretty little liars, and in every country we've been in we have spotted famous people over and over again. After this, we went to see the Sagrada Familia which is a famous church in Barcelona. It was so beautiful in person! After this we went to a famous market here named Mercado de La Boqueria and it was my favorite thing we did here. This was not your typical farmers stand market, there was meats, cheeses, restaurants, fresh candy and chocolate, fresh fruit juice stands, Macaroon ice-cream stands, and more! The atmosphere was so fun the only thing I could compare it to is that if you ever have been to Chelsea market in New York. After this, we went to a traditional Spanish dinner and ordered their traditional dish Paella with their tradition drink Sangria on the side. This dinner was so fun and a great cultural experience to share with all of my friends here. The meal was delicious and something that I'll always remember. To finish our Barcelona experience, we went to a soccer game and watched the best team in the world play. Going to a soccer game is something I've always wanted to do abroad because the vibes and the atmosphere it nothing like any American sport or game. The fans were absolutely crazy and loyal just like I thought they would be and it was a great and suspenseful game as well! I honestly know nothing about soccer and I was still excited and had so much fun. Barcelona was a cool, hip, and young city and I would suggest it to anyone who goes abroad. Next week I'll be going to Amsterdam and will be writing about my experiences there! Ciao for now!