Here we are, all of us, enjoying the warmth and the beauty of Barcelona. What a day we’ve had! After a morning discussing as a group our hopes and expectations for this trip, we jumped into a few hours of instruction from our National Geographic expert Tino Soriano. Then, our heads full of inspiration, we headed out to visit the architect Gaudí’s masterpiece, the still unfinished Sagrada Familia Basilica.

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And what a splendor it is. It should be everyone’s goal to visit the Sagrada Familia at least once in their life. The students were awed by the experience, some standing with mouths agape, some snapping as many photos as possible. This was a wonderful opportunity for our instructors to help the students deal with the exposure challenges of a high-contrast environment.

Britanny, Leeza and Camryn in front of some of Barcelona’s gorgeous architecture.

Britanny, Leeza and Camryn in front of some of Barcelona’s gorgeous architecture.

Then walking through the city, our students had lively, laugh-filled interactions with the locals, and they attempted some street photography. We can’t wait to see some of the fantastic images our students have created today.

Locals dance La Sardana in Barcelona’s Cathedral Square.

Locals dance La Sardana in Barcelona’s Cathedral Square.

Tomorrow we are looking forward to learning more about another famous son of Catalonia, Salvador Dalí, as we take a day-trip to Figueres and Cadaqués. Stay tuned!