Cello is her name, and she is the bartender at Paddocks Irish Pub. We are addicted to going there because she and the other workers are helping us with our spanish skills! She is the most helpful by far because she spends a lot of time talking and joking around with us. She is pretty good at english, so if I am trying to say something in Spanish I am unsure of, she is usually able to translate it for me so I can slowly learn. This is a great opportunity for us to converse with the locals, get some advice that we wouldn't otherwise get, drink classic Spanish beer, and eat the tasty Tapas at the bar! We are already considered regulars. 

(For the record, she is standing on her tippy toes for the photo!)

To begin my research, I need to choose study sites. In order for this to happen I needed to develop a set of criteria that narrows down the vast amount of possibilities that Barcelona has to offer. On the map, you can see the current sequence of streets that may work for my study. However, I am still searching for alternatives so I can weigh the options.

The criteria include:
1. Pedestrian infrastructure must be present 
2. Active pedestrian usage, and possible interaction with vehicles and bicycles
3.. Sites must incorporate the old Roman/ Medieval City, and the 1800's Eixample (Grid Pattern) developed in the 1800's by  Ildefons Cerdà
4. Close to home/ within walking distance
5. Sequence of spaces, point A to point B
6. Sense of safety, so I do not get into any trouble while conducting my study 
7.Good gut feeling... it just needs to feel...right
While inside Park Guell, one of the famous works by Antoni Gaudi, a few of us hiked higher and higher until there was no where else to go. The best part is that none of us excepted to stumble upon such a great vantage point.

A photograph simply cannot capture the majestic view we had of this beautiful city.  From the top of this hill you could see for miles up and down the coast, through the mountains to adjacent towns, and across all of Barcelona to the Mediterranean. Many props to Olivia for trekking up there wearing heals!

Home cooking is an important skill that I will get better at as the semester goes on, especially since I don't want to spend all my money eating out. 

So with this in mind, I scoured three different markets to find cooking sauce. I wasn't able to find anything except for mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup and Tabasco. Despite my failure, the cooking had to go on! At a glance the dish looks like it would taste alright, but it was bland as can be! It got worse after a desperate sprinkle, or three, of Tabasco sauce. Needless to say, I set the bar very low for myself. 

(Now accepting easy recipes and cooking tips in a foreign country)


    zach     kalette


    Everyone is a pedestrian, including you! 

    As a lifelong resident of Syracuse, NY, I have grown up in an automobile world with little sense of pedestrian culture.

    Here in Barcelona, the city has an extreme level of pedestrian culture! I will be taking a look at the design  of various urban streets and how their physical form affects pedestrian behavior. 

    study     question

    How do the physical elements of urban streets influence pedestrian behavior, as well as create a walkable environment while interacting with vehicles and bicycle riders in Barcelona?  


    1. Gran Via de les Cortes
    2. Carrer de Comte
    3. Carrer de la Cera
    4. Carrer de l'Hospitat
    5. Rambla del Raval
    6. Carrer de Sant Oleguer
    7. Avengida de les