As a newcomer to Lifestyle Barcelona, I thought it would be fun to begin sharing my experiences with you all. Work itself has been pretty great so far; does there exist a better way to accustom yourself to a brand new city than by working for a company dedicated to researching, spreading the word, and introducing people to the city in question in an exciting and unique new way? ¡Creo que no! But, when I’m not in the office, I spend my time exploring Barcelona and becoming even more amazed by what the city has to offer every single time I venture out. As I have only been here for slightly over 2 weeks, of course I have spent some time hitting up a few of the most popular tourist locations: Parc Guëll, Casa Batllo, Porto Olímpico,etc.- ring any bells? I doubt it will come as a surprise that their fame is well deserved, but I will be living and working in Barcelona for the entire summer and have already begun to love the city in a way that goes far beyond a touristic appreciation. For a girl who lives off of turkey sandwiches at home and finds eating a hamburger to be a stretch, I was shocked to discover the simple, but undeniable pleasure of a bocadillo con jamón y queso or going out with friends for some cava or tinto de verano and sampling some delicious new tapas that I never had imagined I would enjoy. And I swear to you that the Spanish have the right idea when it comes to indulging in the biggest and best meal of the day at lunch with the menú del día. I could rave about the food all day; however, there are so many other wonderful aspects of the city to share! Even if I am just wandering around the streets (whether by choice or a failure to understand a map correctly) I am never disappointed- there is gorgeous architecture to be seen everywhere; none of the buildings look as if they are trying to fit in with the rest, they are all intricate, beautiful, and have their own personality. Even the sidewalks on the Passeig de Grácia are ornately flowered tiles! And when said wanderings have happened due to a failure to orient myself correctly, a not uncommon occurrence thus far, I have been lucky to discover that the locals here are extremely easy-going, friendly, and more than willing to offer directions and a patient ear as I practice my rough Spanish (even though the official language is Catalan). I look forward to learning more about the city in the coming weeks and being able to enlighten you all with my findings…¡Hasta luego!