Internship and language course in Barcelona

"Barcelona, thank you so much for all of these unbelievable moments, I’ll always remember them. I fell in love with you, your locals, your food, your art, your markets and your charm…"

Besides of these flattering words, Kristina reviews her 7 months in Barcelona and reveals her top pics for dining in this enchanting seaside metropolis.

As I wanted to spend a meaningful time abroad I decided to do an internship – abroad! Actually I’ve planned to travel an English-speaking country until Studentsgoabroad came along with an internship offered in Barcelona. Some years earlier, I have already spent a few days in Barcelona where I’ve been fascinated by the capital of Catalonia. As I was aspiring an internship in the art & gallery sector, Barcelona was perfect: the famous architecture of the unique Antoni Gaudí, the work of Joan Mirós and lots of museums and exhibitions.

Finally my adventure could start

Finally the day arrived to hop on the plane for starting my 7-months-adventure. After a very early flight I finally landed on Spanish ground. It was a sunny morning but I had no idea what to expect – I hardly couldn’t speak Spanish and didn’t know anyone; so I was pretty excited. Fortunately Katharina, a local member of the Studentsgoabroad-Team, picked me up and helped me not to get lost and to find my flat. It just took five minutes as my flat share was located incredibly central – right besides Plaza Catalunya and Passeig de Gràcia.

Over the weekend I first had time to settle and get to know my flat mates until I started my 4-weeks-language-course on Monday right away. I got to know so many people at once so the first month passed by pretty fast.

My internship was ready to begin

I worked in a familiar atmosphere in the wonderful neighbourhood Gràcia. My tasks consisted of being responsible for the office-management, keeping contact to customers, creating the new website of the gallery and helping with the different expositions. Therefore I got to know a lot of artists from various fields – it was so interesting! Furthermore my work helped me a lot to improve my Spanish skills. In the beginning it was kind of hard to make phone calls in Spanish, so it was a little bit adventurous to give me such a task. But with the two directors of the gallery I seriously hit the jackpot: they’ve been supporting me whenever they could and although they’ve been both half-german, the just spoke Spanish with me which is also a reason for me having now reached level B1.

An unforgettable time in Barcelona

As soon as you get used to the foreign daily rhythm (starting not before 10 a.m., having lunchtime from 2-5 p.m. as most of the people are working until 8 p.m. - no one would think about having dinner earlier than 9 p.m.) it gets really fast to feel comfortable between lots of nice people and to get addicted to the easy-chilled lifestyle of the locals. Sunrise on the beach, flamenco-dance shows, trips to Sitges or Tarragona, the handball world championship, eating tapas at Plaza del Sol, strolling up and down the Ramblas, enjoying a week-end-trip to Madrid or lots of funny evenings in numerous bars and restaurants in Born, Gòtico or Gràcia. All of that is just a glance at the unforgettable stay I’ve had in Barcelona; and as Barcelona is located not to far away, there’s always the possibility the spend Christmas at home or to have visitors for a few days.

All in all it definitely was a very good decision to do this internship: along my way I’ve met people from likely 100 different nations, completed a super interesting internship and practised a new language. I can just recommend to everyone to spend some time in this awesome city.

Barcelona, thank you so much for all of these unbelievable moments, I’ll always remember them. I fell in love with you, your locals, your food, your art, your markets and your charm…

And – as I promised – some more tips:

  • awesome to have a brunch there: Hotel Villa Emilia, Calàbria 115-117, 08015 - Barcelona 
  • one of my favourite cafés with delicious cakes & tarts: WePudding, Calle Pau Claris 90, 08010 Barcelona
  • great vegetarian restaurant : Teresa Carles, C/ Jovellanos 2, 08001, Barcelona
  • my two favourite granjas : Granja Viader, C/ Xucla, 4-6, 08001 Barcelona & Granja Dulcinea, Carrer Petritxol número 2, Barcelona
  • ……and one last tip : both of them have a typically spanish lunchtime and will not open before 5 p.m. – so be there in time, as many of the locals will be there, too!;-)