Amelia Westling

Psychology & Criminal Justice

Seattle University
Studied Abroad at BIC (now SIS)
Amelia is from Seattle University, and studied at Barcelona International College (BIC) during the Summer of 2015.

What are you up to these days? Have you graduated? Are you working? How did your experience in Barcelona have an impact on your life?

 I am now back at Seattle University. This experience has definitely made me want to go back to Spain and travel to other countries around the world!

If you were to sum up your Barcelona experience in one to two words, what would you say? My Barcelona Experience is…

Eye opening & amazing

Explain why you chose those words.

Because I haven’t traveled much in my life, so this experience has led me to realize that traveling can lead you to understand new things about your culture of origin and about other cultures as well. 

What was your favorite tour, day trip, or cultural activity? Why?

Valencia!!! I loved the city and how prideful the locals were. I also loved the white sandy beach and the water! I thought our activities were fun and the restaurants were amazing!

If you had one perfect day in Barcelona where would you go, and what would you do?

I would go for a run on the beach, then I would go to the beach with my friends for the majority of the day. Then we would go to a restaurant for lunch/ dinner that serves awesome tapas! Then we would enjoy the Barcelona night life!

What was something you were surprised to learn about Barcelona or Spain? Or what aspect of the country or city were you least expecting?

I was surprised to learn about the continuing desire for Catalan independence. Now I can truly appreciate what it means when I see the Catalan flag waving and I have a better understanding of why they want their independence. Before coming here I had no idea how much impact it has on the culture and how sensitive of a subject it is.