Thursday, January 5, 2012

Feliz Dia De Los Reyes Magos!

"Dia de Los Reyes" stands for the "Day of the Three Kings". The official day is the 6th of January, however, the 5th is when the three magical wise men come into town. This is the traditional holiday here is Spain. Although the Spainards celebrate Christmas, ' Dia de Los Reyes' is  much more important. There was a parade tonight, exemplifying the arrival of the three kings. The parade lasts for a couple hours going through town, throwing out hard candy for the children.

This morning I started off with an orientation at Pompeu Fabra University. The school is absolutely gorgeous and only minutes from the beach. I met a few people going through the same program and were together with them throughout the entire day. We were taken on a short tour of the University; later on we had lunch by the beach.

The restaurant the program advisers took us to was delicious! The menu was set and had appetizers consisting of bread with a tomato and garlic spread, calamari, mixed salad with avocado, & croquetes with chicken. We had to pick an entree; I picked 'Fideua', very similar to paella, but instead of rice they use pasta. It is basically a seafood pasta dish. It was amazing, but I could only take a few bites because I was so very full from all those appetizers! They even came out with dessert: a lemon sorbet, & that's not all...coffee afterwards.
 Where we had lunch!
In Spain, lunch is their biggest meal.

Afterwards, a CEA (program) guide took us on a tour through the old city of Barcelona. Everything is gorgeous here. From the streets to the buildings, the architecture is unreal. Here are a few photos from today's tour of the city:
My wonderful new group of friends
A panoramic view of the inner harbor (love my new camera!)
An extremely large post office
A colorful sculpture representing the artists of Spain
Typical street in Barcelona
During the holidays, a Nativity Scene is put up for everyone to see
Quite peculiar, but it is supposed to remind us that they were human too
Cathedral 
Castle: home of Isabella & Ferdinand: King and Queen who united Spain in the 1400s

That's a quick tour through the old town. 
Tomorrow everything will be closed since it's a holiday. 
I will be sightseeing...more pictures! Thanks for reading!
Besitos, Lilly Goti

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