Learning Spanish

When you’ve lived in a foreign country for more than nine months and still aren’t semi-conversational in the language, it’s probably time to start taking classes.

I have tried to learn Spanish by myself through using Babbel, Duolingo, many other apps, general self-study and multiple other methods, except one, sitting in a classroom with others trying to learn.

There’s an accountability that you have when you’re in a classroom and there’s homework to do, and a sort of competitive nature to not be the worse one there!

You’re more motivated and driven to learn, at least in theory 🙂

It’s not that I don’t want to learn, it’s that sometimes you need that little extra push, or need to try something new. So I signed up for a four week intensive course, Monday to Thursday, 11:30-13:30.

We’ll see how my Spanish develops and if it works, carry on and see how I can improve upon it. If it doesn’t work too well, then I’ll seek to understand why and how I can apply myself better in the future.

And that’s my little tidbit for today.

New Flyer

As I have now been in Barcelona for quite a while, I’ve not managed to make myself a marketing plan or attempted to get my name out there properly, so this weekend I made my first step and created a flyer. It’s an initial design that might change, or may stay the same.

The second step will be getting it printed and then distributed amongst the lovely people that are either living or visiting this incredible city.

A lot of my hesitation towards putting myself out there is that I wasn’t sure what type of photography I wanted to do. And truthfully I still love all kinds, exploring new ideas and creating something that could only be amazing for myself. That been said, I most enjoy taking photos of people, interacting with their environment, may it be simply taking it all in or enjoying an overly energetic activity.

If you’re in Barcelona at any point and would love to have a photo shoot or know of anyone else that might like to have one, keep me in mind!

In the meanwhile, hope you guys all have a great day and appreciate the weather (in my case, the sunshine!).

CosmoCaixa – It’s Like The Others, But Maybe More Fun

The name CosmoCaixa intrigued before I knew what it was, maybe by as much as this blog post does to you!

When you’re in need of a place to go with your child that will keep them occupied and not require much work of you, go there.

Riley and the world
Taking it all in

What is cosmocaixa?

A Science museum!

CosmoCaixa spiral rampFrom my own experience of science museums in different countries, they are always a great place to go. You press lots of buttons, take photos, see crazy inventions and unique mechanisms.

There’s such a diverse mix of things to see that it helps to encompass all types of people.

So when it comes to children, it’s perfect! They get to experiment, learn and play.

 

How is COSMOCAIXA?

It’s huge, and I’m sure when Riley and I visited it, we missed things. The missing things is how they get you to come back again!

When it comes to the basics of a science museum, this place ticks the boxes of what I’d personally look for: buttons, wheels and cogs, optical illusions and wildlife. But then they threw an little (HUGE) extra thing into the works….

A RAINFOREST!

You don’t just get all the standards, but you also get an aquarium/rainforest experience; climate and all.

 

How to get there

There’s always a few ways to get anywhere but personally I always find easiest to just go by train. So, we went by train. We headed to Av. Tibidabo and then walked up the mammoth hill to be greeted by another hill and a bridge (top picture). So just be prepared if you decide to not take a taxi, bus or tram up to the top. All in all, worth it though and can’t go wrong with a bit of exercise.

Av.Tibidabo
View from Av.Tibidabo on the L7 Line