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Emma Wilbur


University of Illinois
Studied Abroad at UPF

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?

My favorite thing was the confidence it gives you! After a semester living in a foreign country I feel like I can do anything.

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

So awesome!

Explain why you chose those words.

It was a lot of fun to explore a new city and get to know it as my own.

Is there a site in Barcelona that you would recommend to future students that may be a little more “off the beaten path”?

La Taverna El Glop has the best paella in the Gràcia neighborhood!

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

Before studying in Barcelona I didn’t know much about Spanish history, so hearing about how much Catalonia was repressed during Franco’s dictatorship in Spain was crazy.

What is one piece of advice that you have for future students coming to Barcelona?

Be open to trying new things! Say yes to as much as you can – it’s good to be a little uncomfortable!