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I can honestly say that I’ve never been anywhere that’s as crazy at night as Barcelona. Even before arriving in the country, club promoters and groups were extending friend requests and event invitations on facebook to VIP lists and unreal clubs.  I really had no idea what I was getting myself into and some of the best times I can remember (or maybe not remember….) are at some of Barcelona’s crazy clubs. 

One of the best things about the night life in this city is that there is something for everyone. If you want to go out at 1 am and stay out until the sun rises, theres always a club for you. If you want to hit up local concerts and live music venues, theres a club for you. If youre looking for a certain kind of music to dance the night away to, you can almost always find that on different floors of the same club. Whether you want to be rocking out deep within the city, or sipping a martini on a chaise lounge overlooking the beach, you’ll most definitely find what you’re looking for in Barcelona.

While it would take an entire blog in itself to talk about my nights out on the town in Barcelona, a couple stick out in my mind as the best. The first would be the night we discovered that The Fray, an American Band was playing at Sala Razzmatazz one Wednesday night and for only 25euro!! Obviously not wanting to miss out on this incredible chance, we bought our tickets and headed to the concert. Theres nothing like seeing one of your favorite bands live, but theres REALLY nothing like seeing it in one of the biggest clubs in one of the most incredible cities on the planet.  Razzmatazz is one of the best clubs in the city for live music so the show was of course, nothing short of amazing. The room it was in was big enough for a crowd, but small enough that you were practically standing onstage with the band. It was one of my favorite nights in Barcelona.

My other favorite night in Barcelona was my  21st birthday celebration. Considering I had been legal for over 2 years according to Barcelona’s laws, I’ll admit I was a little upset that I didn’t get to celebrate this big milestone in the US where I was finally of legal drinking age. But how many people can say that they turned 21 in Barcelona at one of the hottest clubs with VIP treatment all night? My friends and I started the night at our apartment with birthday cookie cake and cocktails and headed out to CDLC, one ofthe clubs on the beach. We met up with several kids from our CEA program. After mistaking the kitchen counter for the bar (the waiters were great and still gave me a drink!) we decided I needed some fresh air and we moved on to Shoko, where one of the guys was promoting for De Lis Group. We walked into a fairly empty club (it was only 1am) and were stopped by the ever present photographer who takes pictures for the website. My friend encouraged him to take lots of pictures because it was my birthday. Upon hearing this he took us up into VIP, set us up with a table and brought out a bottle of chapagne with a huge sparkler. It was more than I ever could have asked for and he was so nice for keeping the drinks coming all night! Unfortunately, I didn’t thnink quite so highly of him the next morning as my head pounded, but it was definitely a birthday I will always remember!

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During my semester here,  I was given the unforgettable opportunity to go to one of the legendary FC Barcelona Futbol games. I can honestly say I’ve never experienced anything like it.  My roommates and I went over to the stadium early hoping to score a jersey to wear to the game. We all got lucky! The jerseys were only 30euro! What a steal! I bought an Ibrahimovic jersey and crossed my fingers that I made the right choice. All of our friends gathered outside Camp Nou and excitedly mauled poor Eloi from CEA to get our tickets.  We sat up high in the stands and could see the entire field. Unfortunately we were stuck right in front of the rowdy Zaragoza fans, but after they were down 2-0 they hushed up pretty quickly!  While I’ve always been more of an American football fan, I can definitely see why the fans get so crazy! Messi and Ibrahimovic were incredible! The way they can shoot the ball across a massive field and send the ball soaring over the goalies head was something even the greatest of American soccer players struggle at. Its truely in their blood to play futbol. I ended up making the right choice with the Ibrahimovic jersey! He scored 2 goals during the game and helped lead FC Barca to a 6-1 victory! I only wish I had gotten to go to another game! I can definitely say that I will be keeping up with Barca Futbol back at home!

This was a great surprise during our semester in Barcelona.  Having never seen the Redbull Air Races before, even in the United States, we were thrilled to find out through an advertisement in the metro that we would get to see the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS in Barcelona! It was one of the most fun days I’ve had on the beach since I’ve been in Barcelona!  Not only was the airshow great, but the weather was incredible! Never before have I been on a beach the first weekend of October! Gotta love that Spanish weather!

My friends and I relaxed on the beach, our eyes to the sky, our hands filled with Redbulls and watched the worlds 15 best pilots swirl and dive between the inflated cones over the water. There was even a show by military fighter jets. I was amazed by their perfect formation and their precision in their flips and dives. But what was even more shocking was when a huge passenger jet flew past low over the beach past the crowd and made huge banked turns. It was so close I almost felt like I could reach out and touch it! It made me a little nervous knowing planes I travel in were capable of diving like that! But it was certainly a sight to see! It was truly a once in a lifetime experience!