In this week's post, Maya and her fellow CAPA Barcelona students get a chance to witness a Flamenco dance show up close at their farewell dinner. They were also treated to a dose of Barcelona culture in the form of dance lessons, live singing, and a traditional Spanish band. Goodbyes are hard, but they surrounded themselves in the warm company of friends and professors and made memories together!
Our final days of Barcelona were bittersweet, and we spent our last moments taking advantage of this wonderful place. CAPA planned some events for us to enjoy and spend some time together before taking flight back to our home towns. The first event was a mini party with all our professors, office staff, and classmates. We had snacks and drinks, and it was a great moment to take pictures and spend time with everyone before heading home.
Flamenco dancers on stage.
We all bonded with our many professors in more ways than just as students. One of my favorite professors, Anna, really helped so much with our internships and guiding us through working in a different culture's environment. Another favorite professor of mine was Francesc. The entire program took his class together, which was mostly field trips where we learned about the architecture of Barcelona; and he took us out for coffee and tea after every class to discuss what we learned! It was nice to have those final moments to say goodbye to people who really made an impact on not only our study abroad, but our lives.
Our CAPA farewell dinner in Barcelona.
Next was the real farewell dinner with just my classmates and our program director for one last night out before packing and goodbyes. CAPA planned for us to see a Flamenco dance show, accompanied with a great dinner and a dance class! Before dinner we learned all about the history of Flamenco dance and the culture around it. The video they showed us was super interesting, with historic examples of Flamenco singing, dance, and instruments. We were then given the opportunity to get up and dance with professional Flamenco dancers and learn the basics of this amazing art form. They taught us everything from the hand motions, to the speedy footwork and clapping. We sang and danced. It was so much fun to get out of our seats in our cute dinner outfits and dance our hearts out, even our program director was dancing!
We were taught the basics of Flamenco in Barcelona.
The dinner was complete with Barcelona specialties and three yummy courses. We started with cute salad and bread rolls, then traditional paella and sweet sangria! Lastly, for dessert they gave us the choice of cream filled bon-bons with a hint of hazelnut and a chocolatey drizzle, or a bowl of delicious fresh fruit with a sweet glaze.
We were also treated to some live singing by a traditional band!
During dessert the dance show started, and it was one of the most amazing things I’ve experienced. In addition to the dancing, there was live singing and a traditional band! There were group dances, solos, happy dances, couple dances, and some full of deep emotion. It was so impressive to see so much expressed with little words. The show also had interactive sections where we got to clap along and interact with the dancers! It was such a fun experience to have a show, dance lesson, and a yummy dinner, and was a great way to wrap up our Barcelona study abroad experience!
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.
Maya's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned.