To Do In: Barcelona, Spain

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The first time I visited Barcelona this semester, I saw all the sites, but wasn’t there long enough to really appreciate the culture. The second time I went, I was there for longer, not by choice. My flight back to Paris was actually cancelled because of a French air traffic strike. So my friends went back to where they came from, and I stayed in Barcelona by myself. I thought it would be awful, but it turned out to be great and really made me observe everything around me.

activities Parc Guell: a must-see in Barcelona. The mosaics and the view over the city is beautiful. There are two parts, one is free, the other is around $10.

Sagrada Familia: church designed by Goudi. It’s nothing like I’ve ever seen before. The unique architecture and colors are amazing. I recommend going online to get a ticket and time slot so you don’t have to wait in line when you get there.

Playa de Sant Sebastià: This beach always has something going on, whether it be shops,  restaurants, clubs, or street vendors. I’ve always loved being able to relax by the ocean, it makes a city more appealing to me.

Placa de Catalunya: good shopping, street entertainment, and a lot of pigeons.

Placa Reial: just fun to sit and people watch on a great day. As I was sitting, street performers just started doing acrobatics in front of me which was really cool.

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Gothic quarter: narrow streets, architecture, it feels much older than the rest of the city

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Arc de Triomf

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food Mercado de La Boqueria: something you cannot miss if you visit Barcelona is the market. A huge market filled with every food you could ever want. I walked around for a while in awe of everything and ate an array of foods while doing it.

Tapas: there are so many options of tapas everywhere it’s so hard to choose. But you can’t go wrong, because everything is good.

Churros: a delicious snack for any time of day

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Sangria: Most sangria is made with red wine, but the best drink I have ever had was the champagne sangria at Piu restaurant. The food there was also amazing. I highly recommend going there.

Jambon Experience: a museum about the beloved jambon of Spain. You go on the journey of the pigs lives, then taste different types of jambon with your choice of drink. One of my favorite museums (probably because I got food with it).

Eyescream & Friends: eating ice cream is fun, but eating this ice cream is even better. I had the mango and it was amazing. This was also the day that I was alone, so I basically ate my only friend that day…

Club Opium: if you’re looking for a good time, go to Club Opium. It gets really crowded, but was one of my favorite nights out. It also helps that it’s right next to the beach.

Day trip from Paris: Champagne, France

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Reims is in the Champagne region of France. The TGV (high-speed train) from Paris only took 45 minutes. First, we went on a tour of the Pommery Champagne House, which was very interesting. The tour was 90 km underground in the chalk caves. It was a mixture between history, the champagne-making process, and art displays. Champagne is my favorite drink and I never realized how little I knew about the creation process. There’s a lot of time and work that goes into it. But the best part of the tour was obviously the tasting. For the rest of the trip, we walked around the town, went to the original Notre Dame, saw ruins from the Roman empire, and went shopping. It was very relaxing.

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Our first meal was at the cutest restaurant, Le Petit Basque. The meal I ate reminded me of my mom’s cooking, which triggered my first feeling of homesickness. Around 5, we were really hungry again, but none of the restaurants were open yet. We were on our way to our last resort, Quick burger, when we passed Latino Cafe Hotel. I saw that quesadillas were on the menu and immediately knew that’s where I wanted to eat. The staff was very nice and I would definitely recommend going there. We had breakfast at Café de Reims. Complete with orange juice, hot chocolate, scrambled eggs, bacon, and toast. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. Our next meal was at Les 3 Brasseurs. Everything on the menu is paired with a type of beer, which is really unique and fitting since it is a brewery. Le salade ch’ti maroilles was the best salad I have had in my life. Probably because it had so much food that distracted me from the lettuce.

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Day trip from Paris: Fontainebleau

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My first trip outside of Paris was a last minute decision to go to Château de Fontainebleau. We took the metro, a train, and a bus to get there. We also got lost walking, even though it’s a huge palace and we should have seen it from where we were. Once we arrived, it was obvious that we were in the right place. Fontainebleau is a beautiful palace that was the sovereign residence for eight centuries. It was the home of french monarchs from Louis VII to Napoleon III.

It took a few hours to walk around the palace. It has been converted into a museum with artifacts from different parts of history and the rooms are set up to still look like they were during the period they were used. I was surprised that Napoleon’s room was not as extravagant as the others. But we did get to see the last intact throne room in all of France. After we walked through the palace, we went outside to the gardens and explored the rest of the grounds. I got hissed at by a swan, but it was still cool.

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Bonjour Paris

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I have wanted to study abroad for years now and the time is finally here. I packed my things in one morning and moved to Paris for the next 5 months. My airport and plane experience could not have been easier. I arrived in Paris and joined about 20 other people from Clemson University who are studying abroad with me. I found out my classes are in La Grande Arche, which is a building I’ve actually studied about before and I live in La Defense, the major business district in Paris. I also live next to the largest mall in Paris and my favorite, Chipotle! I couldn’t be more excited about this semester!

The Walking in Between

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I took a printing class this semester where I learned about all different types of printing and I got to design a shirt. Obviously I chose my favorite lyric “life is not the mountaintops, it’s the walking in between” from Ben Rector’s song I Like You. I still remember the first time I heard it. The line just caught my attention.

My friend and I went on a hike to Brasstown Falls. I read that the hike would be a “moderate 20 minute hike”, but it turned into us clinging onto the side of the mountain for an hour…which obviously made it more interesting.

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Room Tour

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IMG_3678Now that I live in an apartment instead of a dorm, I finally have the freedom to actually decorate my room. I wanted a room I felt at home in and where I could be completely relaxed. That’s exactly what this space is.

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I’ve had the same lights for three years now and they’ve become one of my favorite things. I pieced together my bedding from Home Goods, Target, Brookstone, and Anthropology. I got the throw at the end of my bed on sale at Anthropology and after I bought it I realized it’s actually a shower curtain…The “logging off” pillow is from ModCloth. I find the natural colors of my bedding to be very comforting.

I made the “don’t wake me up” picture above my bed thinking more people would understand it, but that turned out to not be the case. “I woke up like this” mug from Urban Outfitters, frame from Anthropologie, Ben Rector‘s new album, One Line a Day journal I started in college after I stopped writing down every detail throughout high school, Wreck This Journal, wood grain rug from H&M.
IMG_3681This is my favorite wall. It’s a collection of graphics I’ve made, pictures I’ve taken, paintings by friend China, random pictures I’m drawn to, a Jimmy John’s menu because who doesn’t love Jimmy John’s, a note from my mom, a Ben Rector setlist that I got signed, and other random items.
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“a” mug from Anthropologie, “Think Happy Be Happy” Graphic Design book is one of my favorites, fake succulent from Target, the wooden A was randomly bought by my mom, “shut up & fish” hat is my friend’s childhood hat I needed to have, and of course another Ben Rector item.

This wall will definitely be more filled with pictures in the future. I found this dresser in the dumpster the day we moved in, the jewelry tray was a bridesmaids gift from my sister, my handy dad made the jewelry stand (the base is Aspen from my Colorado home, the branches are from my Texas home), he also made the coasters from colorado trees, “hold your head high” giraffe mug is from World Market as well as the patterned runner.

Paper Towns

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I’m not a big reader, but John Green’s books always intrigue me. Although he’s an adult and “didn’t even relate to teenagers when [he] was a teenager”, he seems to be doing a good job now. I have only read half of Paper Towns (like I said before, I’m not a reader…), but I loved the little I read. Since the beginning of advertisements for the Paper Towns movie I was very interested. They do a great job of getting the word out about the movie. The movie has a big presence on twitter, instagram, snapchat, and tumblr. Not only do they post constantly on social media, but they have many ways to actually get involved in the marketing of the movie. They also have had the cast go on tour around the world and participate in Q&As. As a marketing major, this was very interesting to me and I’ve loved learning from the ways they market the movie.

I went to the Get Lost Get Found Tour the other day and was impressed by the uniqueness of the experience. They had a mini concert with the band, Saint Motel, who has music on the soundtrack. Then Nat Wolff, Halston Sage, and  John Green came on the stage for a Q&A session. Along with that, they trusted the crowd enough to show 20 minutes of the movie. My only regret was the fact that Cara Delevingne couldn’t be there. Not going to lie, she was the main reason I really wanted to go in the first place, but I’m glad I went anyway.

I guess the point is I’m really happy I’m a marketing major and am really excited about what I’ll be able to do in the future.
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Happy Fourth!

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The fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. It brings together everyone in the nation and doesn’t exclude anyone. It’s a time to eat great food, be with people you love, blow off some steam with fireworks, and have the feeling of a cliché summer.
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let freedom ring. I’m ready with my ears covered. (the motorcycles in the parade were too loud for me…)
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I made two phone and computer backgrounds for you. ya you’re welcome   
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