My Journey: Welcome to Barcelona

My Barcelona Journey Day 1

I am in Barcelona for the next few months, interning for Edelman Public Relations. This is an internship trip for me, but it is also a personal journey, as I am thousands of miles away from the U.S., with no friends or family, and living on a budget. I hope to learn and grow, and of course enjoy my time in Barcelona.

For the next couple of weeks I will be blogging and sharing my journey with you all. Hope you enjoy my stories. (and pictures!)

I landed in Barcelona on Sunday June 1st, and not to sound cliché,  but it was really love at first sight. Despite the adversity I faced arriving in a new country, I still can’t stop smiling here, and that’s a feeling that I hope to continue to carry throughout my time here.

So what adversity am I talking about? I only have three days in Barcelona. Well a new country is an adjustment, but besides getting use to things like the small coffee size, how small the showers are, and how slow people walk compared to New York City, a lot of things went wrong my first day in Barcelona. First I had the wrong address to my apartment, in fact the building number that they gave me did not exist, so I walked around carrying (honestly it was more like pushing, kicking, throwing) around 100+ pounds worth of stuff.  After finally calling my location coordinator and sending two desperate voicemails, she responded and found me, said that it was a miscommunication, and walked me to the right place.

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But I love my apartment! I’m enjoying the sun on my balcony as I write this!

Second thing that went wrong my first day, I left my European adapters at home. With my phone and laptop on 10% I had no way to charge them. In addition to that, I arrived on a Sunday and most stores in Barcelona are closed on Sunday. Every store around me was closed. So instead of unpacking and resting, I decided to walk around. I found a train station and took the metro to the center of the city where all the tourists are, and I found a marketplace selling adapters for 2 euros. (I was so happy! And tired, but mostly happy!)

I found myself jet lagged and my body was exhausted from my trip, but I was too excited to lay down. I decided to meet with other interns and explore Barcelona a little. We walked through Las Ramblas, and the pier in Barceloneta. Enjoyed tapas, wine, and a fun Barcelona ice cream shop called eyes cream and friends.

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I stayed out later than I had planned. It was 11:30pm and when I got off my stop on the metro and I looked around and nothing looked familiar. Yup, I was a lost. The streets were a bit dark, and I forgot which way I had to go. My stomach turned as I desperately walked through small pathways and crossing streets but still nothing looked familiar. I said to myself “Toughen up Jess! You’re a New Yorker!” I started asking for directions by approaching strangers street to street until I found my road, and half an hour later I found my apartment building.

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Christopher Columbus statue. I wish he was pointing me to my way home. 😩 😢

After this incident I’ve gotten lost around four additional times, but I realized that I like getting lost. Barcelona has a lot to explore and I have seen a lot more than I expected in my first three days here.

I can’t help but think, if this would’ve happened to me back home I might’ve been angry or frustrated with myself, but I am in a beautiful city and I find joy in every thing that I am experiencing.

I write this thinking wow, still can’t stop smiling! I’m filled with love and adoration for this city.

If we can view every day like this, grateful for all of life’s experiences, we would probably never feel stressed out or frustrated.

Lesson #1: Keep enjoying life and smiling through adversity.

6 thoughts on “My Journey: Welcome to Barcelona”

  1. Enjoy every second of it!
    I can definite relate- I was in Germany,Austria, and Czech Repiblic last month and I had a couple of mishaps. I even got lost in Vienna for over an hour. I spent 17 euros on one drink, went into men’s restroom, took out 500$ instead of 50$ from an ATM and prob some other stupid stuff. My classmates laughed at me almost everyday and at first it frustrated me but then I decided to brush it off and laugh at myself. It only makes your trip more interesting and memorable! Have fun!!

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    1. Yes Kone! That is so cool that you went to Germany, Austria and Czech Rep! Thanks for sharing your story that makes me feel better about mine haha we really do have to laugh it off at times and appreciate the journey!
      XoXo

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  2. Jess! I am so jealous, you are going to have a blast! Can’t wait to hear more about your travels. Miss you xoxo Steph

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  3. Congrats Jess! Im proud of your journey!! The mishaps sound amazing! You learn from each experience and there’s beauty in it all. Enjoy your time in Barcelona to the fullest. Everyone back home wishes they could trade places. Leave your mark and bring a little piece back for us all to gawk over!! 😘😘

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