My expectations before coming here
Because I am allready in Barcelona for a while, I cannot remember all my expectations that I had before I came here.
But during my preperationtime in Holland, I thought it would be very difficult to find an appartement here, I was really worried about it. But a few days before our flight, we found something on the internet which looked very nice, and now we live there! I found out that it is not very difficult to find a place to live, here in Barca.
I expected nice temperatures and a lot of sun before I came here. I was thinking about the sea, swimming and a real ´holiday climate´.
But I didn´t know that Barcelona was really that close to the sea, I expected the city a bit more into the country.
To be onest, I forgot the Catalan language and the whole culture..because I had Spanisch courses at our school in Holland, I didn´t realize that the people speak Catalan here. And I was not really prepared to a whole different culture (Catalunya) in this part of Spain...!
I thougt everything was in the style of ´Gaudí´, because we heard so much about him, that I expected Gaudí builings everywhere in Barcelona, so in reality there are less then I expected before my arrival.
Before I came, I had no idea what the people eat here, I didn´t know anything about what the restaurants are serving, or what you can buy in a supermarket.
And I thought the clothes were much cheaper, some people in Holland told me that, but in reality, it is almost the same price as in our country.
I expected more cultures in our class, I didn´t know that there would be so many Dutch people, I thought that there would be more people outside of Europe. I also expected that we would be mixed with the Catalan students, I didn´t know that there was a special international class!
I also thougt that almost all the classes were in Spanisch, and I didn´t expect the people here to speak English, so actually I am very happy that there are teachers who speak English....! Because my Spanisch is not very good, but it will become better, I am sure!!