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Tag: “Berklee Valencia” “Global Studies” “Alexis Colett” Valencia Spain “living aborad” “Music Business” Spain

“Berklee Valencia” “Global Studies” “Alexis Colett” Valencia Spain “living aborad” “Music Business” Spain

Study Abroad: The Barcelona Experience

HollisHollis Mugford is a sixth semester Professional Music major at Berklee. She is a pop, R&B, and country singer from Virginia. Her passion for writing and travel have inspired her to share her experiences and thoughts with the Berklee community and beyond as she embarks on her first semester abroad in Valencia, Spain. 

 

Well simply put I think Barcelona is perhaps my favorite city I have ever been to. We left on Friday morning from Valencia and took the 8am train along the coast to Barcelona. Just the train ride itself was so beautiful, passing by all of these small private beaches lined with palm trees, just early enough still that the sun was still coming up over the water and the surface looked like it was dusted with diamonds.

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What it is like for a foreigner to live in Spain by Alexis Colett, Global Studies program student

Hola!  In this edition of the Berklee Valencia blog, I will be discussing more of the culture and what it is like for a foreigner to live in Spain as well as the interesting courses we are taking.

Not only do we study music here, but also we have the opportunity to improve our Spanish skills.  Even though I came in knowing a lot of Spanish, I was not able to fully converse with confidence.  Now that I have been here for a month and a half, my speaking skills have improved greatly.  I feel like I have a better understanding of the Spanish that is spoken in Spain.  I have also made friends with some of the students at the local universities here in Valencia.  All of them are studying topics unrelated to music or the arts, so it has been nice to have fun conversations with them that don’t relate to music!  Most of the students I have met are Spanish and grew up learning English in school.  I have found that when I start speaking Spanish to them, they want to speak English to me!  They do not meet many students who have English as their first language, so they want to practice as much as possible.  This has made for some interesting conversations!

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