First observations of Barcelona

Still alive and healthy! Even the phone and wallet are safe!

Last weekend, before the practical training started, I visited in Barcelona to shopping and a bit of sightseeing. With my new Finnish friends, we visited at the Arc de Triomf and saw the cathedral. They looked amazing! We also ate delicious Italian pizza and some traditional spanish xurros with chocolate (xurros i xocolata).

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Arc de Triomf

About my practical training, I’ll have two different places. This first one (until the 20th of February) is located in Congrés… it takes me about 50 minutes to get from my campus-apartment to the training Place by train and metro. I have to admit, it’s quite hard to have so long work trips, but luckily my second practical place is closer to my accommodation, Vila Universitaria.

But I also like this place because my instructor speaks quite good English and she also have a lot of knowledge to give me. Even though, I haven’t got to do much other things yet than just follow her working, she explains me very well what she does. In Finland, we were taught the theory of neurology mainly by diseases and symptoms, but here my instructor teaches me mainly by different methods. During my first practical training place I’ll learn a lot about neurodynamics and how to effect on neuraltissue. I think I’ll learn a lot during this spring!

 

Here’s little info about my Vila Universitaria -accommodation and about the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Vila Universitaria is the campus boarding house of UAB, which are located in Bellaterra. “Bellaterra” is Catalan and means “beautiful land”, it’s a wealthy place in the area of Cerdanyola del Vallès. It takes about 35 minutes by train to get from Bellaterra to Placa Catalunya (centre of Barcelona). Bellaterra is a beautiful place but quite small, there are few services: corner store called Condis, railway station and a couple of restaurants.

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Condis

 

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In the centre of Bellaterra
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Some houses in Bellaterra

Vila Universitaria, or just Vila, is a accommodation place for about 2500 students who study in UAB, in bachelor, master or doctor programmes. There are different kinds of apartments, mine is for 5 people, so I have 4 roommates. The apartment consists of two double-bedrooms, one single-bedroom, two bathrooms and kitchen/lounge-room. At the Vila, there are some services: office, cash machine, laundry, bar, market, and utensil-store.

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Vila Universitaria
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My bloc F
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Football stand on the Vila’s terrace

The UAB campus is HUGE! It’s like a real campus from the movies… of course it’s a bit shabby but that’s okay. It’s located about a five-minute-walk-away from Vila. There are many services on the campus, like a bank, movie theatre, hairdresser, candyshop, student restaurant, sport center, and many libraries. There are many, many faculty buildings, but mine, the Gimbernat Fisiotherapia is located in Sant Cugat. However, I don’t need to go to the Gimbernat-campus very often except to meet my coordinator.

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From the campus (a very little part of it)

This weekend I was on the trip to the forrest of  La Fagenda d’en Jorda, city of Olot and medieval village of Besalú. In La Fagenda d’en Jorda we expolre some area of forrest which wasn’t very special because the most of the leaves had fallen. In the Olot we climbed on the top of the old volcano and in Besalú we had a guide tour around the village. Here’s some photos from the trip:

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La Fagenda d’en Jorda
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Olot on the background
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In the crater!
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The medieval bridge in Besalú

That was all this time… The second week in practical training is about to beginning tomorrow. Wish me luck… I mean: Deseame suerte! 🙂

 

 

Saludos,

Laura

 

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