I`ll always have Barcelona

I’ll always have Barcelona. It’s in my soul, in my mind, it’s still here everyday even if si much time has gone since I came back. All my memories and all the great moments will forever remain in my heart. Years from now I’ll tell my kids about the amazing city I got to live in for more than 3 months, the incredible adventures I had there and the friends who visited me and were all part of the story and, the people I met there, those humans who made my days unforgettable. No pictures and no videos can describe it, but here are some great moments I got to live in no other place than Barcelona!

I wrote more than 20 pages in my diary during my time there and reading those lines again make me burst into tears of joy and pain at the same time. No one would have ever imagined that one semester abroad can change the way I feel, the way I think and the plans I have in life. It also made me dream and laugh, it made me cry and suffer, but all in all, it changed my whole being! So dear people reading this: if you ever have the chance of an experience like mine, take it! It will either make you the happiest human on the planet or it can be a total disaster! (Ohh yeah, I heard stories where people hated signing up for a semester abroad) my case was a happy one, a true stories with all there can be! Friendship, adventure, thrill, confusion, excitement, mixed feelings, I had it all!

It’s time to tell you my Barcelona story! It all started some years ago, even before I knew I was going to this amazing city. You probably think how is this even possible, well let me explain: ever since my first year in collage, back when I was studying business administration I wanted to have one semester somewhere outside my country. I applied, but didn’t get in. All for the better because I don’t know if I would have liked it as I didn’t enjoy economics that much.

One year later I dropped out of university and decided to start fresh and study communication. Said and done. One of the best decisions I took because this has lead me to this amazing adventure I had in the last part of the year 2016. Again, this time in the communication field, I applied and yes! I got it! This is why I always try to convince everyone that when you do something with passion, you can achieve anything. It’s my case every time! After the interview I was so nervous I waited almost four hours for the result but when I saw my name on that list, I couldn’t help but cry. Yeah,… sometimes I do get emotional! So there I was, at my university, with my eyes fixed on that wall where the paper sheet was hanging with my name on it saying “Bianca Popa – UPF Spain”. I remember as if it was yesterday. I called my mom, I told her I was going to Barcelona and she was just as happy as I was about the news. There was a lot of paperwork to be done but I didn’t mind, I was too thrilled about what was to come.

On September 14th I took of, direction-> City of Gaudí as some call it. My mom came with me for the first three days and I was honestly lucky to have her there. A lot of friends and family members came to visit, that was a big surprise for me to see how many guests I had and I enjoyed spending time with every single one of them. School started and I was like fallen from another planet at first because I wasn’t used to their system and that way of teaching. But finally I got it right and it all went well. My colleagues were very nice, friendly and helpful so that made it easier for me to blend in, what came out as a surprise was the big amount of international students because, in our country there are not so many, but I guess it’s understandable…

Now, home, I remember those days and a smile curves on my face, yep, good times, those were the good times! The perfect way to describe it would be “hakuna matata”! Ahh, what is it with me and the old Disney movies? Well, we live for the memories, don’t we? And I can say with all my heart that in 2016 I had the best memories I could ever ask for, now I am ready for new adventures, new places and new people, but I will definitely never forget about my friends from Barcelona and I can’t wait to see them again somewhere! I will let life surprise me with the time and place but I’ll surely see them.