I have always asked myself what is the first impression people get when they visit Barcelona as tourists or travellers. Because, when you live in a city for such a long time and you are already part of Barcelona, the distance between you and her is so minimal that it’s impossible to establish a frontier.
I remember the first time I visited Berlin. The snow in the pavement – which was something very new to a girl from Barcelona who only sees the snow every now and then – the cold, grey skies, and the wide roads who held a clue on how would be the rest of the streets in the city. I do remember some cities but it is impossible to see Barcelona with new eyes.
Adding to working with different cultures, one of the beautiful things of being a teacher in a Spanish Language school for foreigners is that you have direct access, human access, to some of the answers to your own questions. To the new vision of the city brought in by the newcomers, the students of Version Original.
This is why we have asked our students to describe Barcelona to us so we can share with you the freshness of the first impressions, creating in that moment a bridge between the virginal first image and the excessive knowledge of Barcelona. And maybe, the underlying lies of those feelings, the hopes they harbour, the opportunities and the cultural differences that amaze us.
We will receive the baton of what they have told us and pass it onto you again under the vision of two Barcelona natives.