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After flying in to the El Prat Barcelona airport, our program director Alex L. picked all of us up and we headed to our new home for the next 9 months: Unihabit! We got the keys to our rooms and had some time to settle in.
Just to explain our location, please refer to the maps below. Although we are traveling and studying much of the city centre of Barcelona, we do not reside there. We live about a 20-25 minute train ride away in one of the first suburbs outside of Barcelona called Sant Cugat del Valles. This upscale suburb is home to many families, so it's very quiet and peaceful here. Additionally, our school (ETSAV) and our dorm is a 5-10 minute walk from the city center.
We started off our trip with becoming a little more acquainted with Sant Cugat del Valles. The Monestary of Sant Cugat is a treasure! It was founded in the 9th century and was one of the main monastic centres in Catalonia during medieval times. The town of Sant Cugat originated as a small rural medieval village and still contains many historical beauties on its winding streets. Anyone could definitely spend a few days looking through all of the historical homes, farmhouses, aqueducts, and churches!
Stay tuned for our next post about our first week of classes! Hasta Luego!