Throughout the fall term, Dartmouth women's lacrosse players will be sending in updates from their travels around the globe. Team members are currently studying, interning and volunteering abroad in a variety of countries thanks to the flexibility provided by the College's four-quarter Dartmouth-Plan system. Each student-athlete will provide at least one blog entry about her experiences.
Dana Brisbane (Locust Valley, N.Y.) • JR, M
Paris, France • Art Gallery Internship
Georgia and I just returned from an amazing trip to Barcelona this weekend! We stayed with two friends on the men's lacrosse team, Alex Del Balso and Colin Delaney, who are both studying there. They themselves just arrived so it was fun getting to know the city with them! They live in Barceloneta, a small neighborhood right on the beach.
Our flight was delayed so we landed in Spain a little later than expected. But to our advantage, it seems like everything in Spain happens about three hours later than normal so at 11 p.m. we went out to dinner, one of our many double dates from the weekend. Saturday morning Alex made us scrambled eggs and we headed to the beach. We couldn't have picked a better weekend weather wise, it was 80 degrees and sunny! The water was also really warm. Compared to Paris, Barcelona felt like the Caribbean. The only negative thing I could say about the beach was the persistence of the vendors that walk up and down selling everything from food to sarongs. However, George and I did indulge in a 5 Euro beach massage. Paradise.
That afternoon we took the metro inland to Parc Guell which is on top of a huge mountain. The views were incredible, we could see for miles and miles. Of course, my camera's battery died five minutes into the trip and the whole time I was kicking myself for not bringing my charger. I did manage to get one picture of the colorful architecture by Gaudi who designed the park. On the way back I picked up a little Gaudi-inspired present for my dear mother (don't get your hopes up, Mom!).
Saturday night we went out on yet another double date with Alex and Colin. At a restaurant near the apartment, the three adventurous eaters got seafood and chicken paella which was delicious! We met up later with some other Dartmouth students who are studying in Spain this fall. It was great to hang out with some people who understand what FSP, NRO and FFB all stand for.
Sunday at the airport Georgia and I chowed down on some amazingly greasy McDonalds. Over our cheeseburgers we decided that we managed to squeeze in a lot of Barcelona during our short trip but were happy to be heading back to France. Thanks to Kelly Hopley for all the tips on what to do and where to go!
I guess that's it from me. I believe the torch is heading down to Hilary Smith who I hear is taking Jordan by storm. Thanks for reading!