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Meagan Kehr

Communications

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
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?

Learning and experiencing the culture, understanding the world from a different perspective, understanding more Spanish, being able to relate to different people, and taking advantage of the cheap flights to other countries.

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

Exciting and irreplaceable

Explain why you chose those words.

The excitement never ended. Every day brought something new to explore and learn. The things I learned about myself and the world are unteachable without this experience.

What was your favorite place to eat in Barcelona? Favorite food?

Glop has the best paella in Gràcia!

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

I loved La Masia – it shows how strongly the people feel about their culture, local festivities, and history. I really felt like I was experiencing things as a local.

What was your housing experience like? Did you live in an apartment with other students? A homestay with a local family? A residence hall on your Barcelona campus?

I lived in a shared apartment and I loved the girls I lived with! Learning to live in a space smaller than you’re used to is a learning experience and makes you appreciate what you have at home.

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

I loved the area past the mountains into the neighborhoods overlooking the city. I had a friend who lived over there and it was very peaceful being a bit out of the city center and the air was fresh.

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

Run to the beach, have paella for lunch, walk along the port and stop to watch some street performers. Later I’d walk through the streets of the Gothic quarter and end at Taverna de Barcelona in Plaza Catalunya.

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 at the rich history of Catalonia!

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

Be open minded, respectful, and don’t be scared to try speaking Spanish!

Why was Barcelona SAE the right program for you?

BSAE has amazing staff and the program overall is super resourceful.  It helped me to meet great people!