Where to live for 2 months? Barcelona vs Seville
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Nov 29, 2012 3:01 PM Last Post By: traveldreamer4
Nov 5, 2012 1:25 AM
I am planning to study Spanish and perhaps take several cooking classes in Spain for two months. I am having a hard time deciding between Barcelona and Seville. I'm aware both are beautiful and historical cities -- it's really difficult to decide! Hope you guys can help me out.. My interests are:
- culture and history
- meeting new people
- trying out food places and bars
- living in a vibrant and bohemian neighbourhood
- immersing myself in the Spanish way of life
- traveling around Spain and the rest of Europe
Thank you in advance and I look forward to your responses. :)
Nov 5, 2012 2:37 AM
1In Barcelona people speak catalan as well as spanish, but most of the streetsigns and other indications are in catalan. Immersing yoiurself in the spanish way of live could therefore be difficult in Barcelona. Another factor to take into account is the weather. In the summer I would go for Barcelona, which is situated next to the Mediterranean, while Sevilla is further south and more inland. In the summer temperatures go up to the low 40-ies every now and then. Barcelona is bigger, very toursity and quite a lot more expensive than Sevilla.
Realize that in the end you have to take the decision. We can not do that for you.
Nov 5, 2012 3:29 AM
2All those things you list above you can do in either...though as #1 says many people speak Catalan in Barcelona.Of course most (all?) of them speak Spanish as well,esp.with foreigners.
I'd be looking more at ...the weather as mentioned above (you will fry in Seville in July and August)...your budget (Barcelona is considerably more expensive) and if you prefer a very big cosmopolitan city or a smaller 'Spanish' one.
Nov 5, 2012 7:21 AM
As Liberat said in #1, In Barcelona people speak catalan as well as spanish, but most of the streetsigns and other indications are in catalan. In other words, you won't get full inmersion in Spanish.
You don't say when you plan to make it and, as it has already been pointed out, weather could be a factor to consider.
Barcelona could be better for traveling around Europe. To travel within Spain, both cities are fine. But How many time you'll have for travel?
Of course most (all?) of them speak Spanish as well,
All of them know Spanish as well.
Nov 5, 2012 9:21 AM
Nov 5, 2012 10:55 AM
Nov 13, 2012 7:00 AM
Nov 29, 2012 3:01 PM
7Hello Sofia Travels!
I see that you are interested in learning Spanish and doing cooking courses in Spain! I loved Spain when I was there, but Latin America really "took the cake" for me! I did a few months of traveling from one country to the next but before I started hoping form country to country I went to Cusco an enrolled in a Spanish and Cooking program for four weeks! I got just the right amount of Spanish lingo and understanding for my travels and scored some unbeatable culinary delights! Here is a blog describing some of the highlights of the course and I see that they also have a course in Buenos Aires if cities are more "your thing"! :) http://www.spanishschoolsblog.com/spanish-blog/2012/11/27/discover-the-flavor-of-language-with-the-spanish-cooking-course/ If you have the time and money to get to South America it is so worth it and once your there it is super cheap a little goes a long way so to speak!
Good luck with your search and your studies!
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