Day 2 (June 17th)
Hola! Com va? Molt be, jo espero!
^ The fruits of our 1.5 hour crash course in Catalan.
We started off day 2 with a 1.5 hour crash course in Spanish, lunch on the terrace (featured pic), and then a 1.5 hour crash course in Catalan to close off this thing called “school”. 2 years of high school Spanish have not prepared me at all – as the only things I’m confident to say are “¿dónde está el baño?” and “¿Cuánto cuesta?”. However, I’m enjoying eavesdropping in on conversations to better my comprehension skills. I enjoyed the 1.5 hour Catalan session immensely, because none of us knew any Catalan. The language resembles a blend of Spanish, French, and Italian. For example, the word for I in Catalan is “Jo”. Now, this could either be a mix of “Je” + “Yo”, or “Je ” + “Io”. I rejoiced when I could apply my somewhat limited grasp on the romance languages to see parallels between the language structures. My favorite Catalan word learned also happens to be my favorite fruit: strawberries are maduixas, pronounced like “Ma-douche-aahhs”. Pictured below is the rooftop view from our study center terrace:
Afterwards, we went to Park Güell, one of my fave places in the world. Unfortunately, I pulled a noob mistake and accidentally exited the park before going downstairs to the marketplace aka the picture perfect point. After much negotiating in Spanglish and showing photographic proof that I purchased a ticket, I still had no luck and was stuck upstairs. BUT, the upper part of the park is just as lovely, and I regret nothing.
We ended the night with dinner at Makamaka, and then visited El Bombón, where I for the first time learned how to (poorly) salsa with my 2 left feet. I know this will be one of my favorite days ever.