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Understanding the National Day of Catalonia in Spain

Sep 20, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Maya Crawford

Maya Crawford

Maya Crawford is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Business Administration major at  University of Massachusetts Lowell, she is studying abroad in Barcelona this semester.

In this week's post, Maya shares her experience from the National Day of Catalonia and what she learned about its local significance.

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My city for this semester is, of course, Barcelona, and in this blog post I will talk about an event that went way beyond my expectations. It is about the National Day of Catalonia, a day where people come together and peacefully protest for the independence of Catalonia. Our accommodation is very close to the center of Barcelona, which was perfect for us because we were located right at the beginning of the parade.

Experience the National Day of Catalonia with LocalsThe crowd cheering all at once and waving their flags for independence.

As soon as we left our apartment, we saw a sea of people covered in red and yellow clothing, flags, and face paint! Back home in Boston there have been protests, parades, celebrations, and more, but I have never seen anything quite like this. Aerial views of the gathering showed so many people, some said there was almost a million out in the streets—and I believe that wasn’t an exaggeration.

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Posted in: Cultural Insights, Barcelona, Spain

CAPA Orientation in Barcelona: Arriving and Exploring the City

Sep 13, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Maya Crawford

Maya Crawford

Maya Crawford is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Business Administration major at  University of Massachusetts Lowell, she is studying abroad in Barcelona this semester.

In this week's post, Maya arrives in Barcelona to a CAPA orientation kicking off her first few activities while exploring the city.

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Several days ago, I experienced one of the craziest, most exciting, and terrifying days of my life. I left Boston and flew thousands of miles away to take part in CAPA Barcelona’s Fall semester. It was pretty hard to leave my loved ones behind for this long period of time. However once I got past all the tears (and there were A LOT of them), the excitement kicked in again and I couldn’t WAIT to land in Barcelona. Upon arrival in Barcelona, the first thing I noticed was how huge their central airport was. I have been to big airports before, but was surprised to see that Barcelona’s airport was much like a shopping mall with lots of places to eat and many stores. When I stepped off the plane, I saw massive amounts of people waiting by the departures exit holding signs, balloons, and presents for their loved ones who were arriving. I have only seen that in movies! Especially the amount of people there were waiting.

Exploring the City During Orientation

Finding my flat by taxi was easy, and in no time I was all moved in! My flatmates are very nice, and we all went out that night to find dinner and get to know each other a bit—but jet lag won this battle and we were all in bed by at least 8.30pm or 9pm. The next day was orientation.

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Posted in: Orientation, Barcelona, Spain, First Thoughts

Pre-departure Thoughts Before Heading to Barcelona

Sep 6, 2018 11:00:00 AM / by Maya Crawford

Maya Crawford

Maya Crawford is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Business Administration major at  University of Massachusetts Lowell, she is studying abroad in Barcelona this semester.

In this week's post, Maya shares why she chose Barcelona as her study abroad city, what she's most excited about, and what her biggest worry is about spending a semester overseas.

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Hi guys! My name is Maya Pearl Crawford, I am 22 years old, and I am the Official Blogger for CAPA Barcelona Fall 2018 program. I am a student at University of Massachusetts Lowell and I am finishing up my degree in Entrepreneurial Business. I chose to do my final semester of college abroad in Spain because I wanted to experience something new and different. I chose my CAPA location because Barcelona has been a dream destination for me since a young age. I remember seeing this beautiful city as a child while watching "The Cheetah Girls" and thinking “I have to go there someday.” The beautiful scenery, unique foods, language, and art were completely different from what I have experienced during other travels, and I knew I had to see them for myself.

Maya & family

Unlike most people who study abroad, I hadn’t been preparing for this throughout college. I was involved in so many things on campus from sports to clubs that I never thought I would have the time. Studying abroad never crossed my mind until a good friend of mine returned from her semester away with CAPA in London. She told me about how much fun she had and how easy CAPA made it for her to take the classes she needed that I decided to take a huge risk and sign up for this program myself. The application process was pretty fast and I knew within a few weeks that I was accepted to CAPA and would be flying out at the end of the summer! My family and friends weren’t surprised at all at my decision—they know I have always loved traveling and jump at any opportunity I get to do so.

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Posted in: Study Abroad, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations, Barcelona, Spain

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