A typical snack in the streets of Barcelona is a Churro and Chocolate, a must have that will have you scheming for your next chance to sit down and enjoy the treat. Churros, crispy on the outside, dusted in sugar, and doughy on the inside are dipped into a dark and delicious, thick hot chocolate. If you are looking for a Spanish Immersion experience, you must prepare yourself to become like the churro: ready to submerge yourself in the Spanish culture and soak it up. By the end of the experience, you will be more than the tasty treat you started out as, but enhanced, transformed and sought after.
A wonderful place for your Spanish Immersion experience is the cultural capital of Catalonia: Barcelona. While you can organize your own churros submersion into chocolate, Expanish is here to help with the process. While enrolled in Spanish courses, our Spanish immersion program offers you the chance to sleep, eat and live like a local, leaving you with experiences that will shift the way you understand yourself. After the immersion experience, you will be left with a new you: amplified, enhanced and prepared to use your skills!
Feel at Home While Far Away: Sleep like a Local
To immerse yourself with the base of the culture, a homestay with a local family is essential. In many places, the family is the foundation in which one can grow, and staying with a local family provides exactly that experience for the language learner. There are many insights which this experience provides regarding everyday practices, common foods, and social dynamics within the home. During a homestay, you gain the opportunity to observe and participate in a family, which is sure to expand your vocabulary and understanding of the culture.
Much can occur over a shared family dinner, which lends itself to an immersion experience as you learn to converse, joke, dispute, and sometimes light-heartedly argue in Spanish. These skills lend themselves to many other situations, but the ability to practice in the family setting offers a comfortable and relaxed place to practice these abilities. In this way, a homestay becomes the base for your chocolate, a foundation, a place where you can feel comfortable and at home while you are far away. Once the base is established, you can add the spices and texture to your chocolate base, such as eating and living like a local.
Spice up your Stay: Eating like a local
In addition to the metaphorical and actual churro and chocolate delicacy, Barcelona offers an array of amazing culinary opportunities, from the shops in La Boqueria to surf and turf paella. A true immersion experience offers you the chance not only the opportunity to eat these delicious treats but to learn how to cook them yourself! Acting as the spice to your metaphorical chocolate, taking a cooking class adds an interesting twist to your immersion experience, and the opportunity to gain skills within the Spanish language as well as the Spanish kitchen.
In these classes, you will learn about the gastronomic culture of Spain, traditional dishes and cooking techniques. After several hours of cooking, you will be able to try your dish with a glass of Spanish wine. As you familiarize yourself with the dishes you will be able to develop your own techniques and twists which you can take to your own kitchen! You, who started out as a perfectly crispy, doughy churro, now have a strong chocolate base, with excellent spices, now let’s see what you can do to add that wonderful creamy, thick gooey texture!
Pastimes and pleasures: Living like a Local
What better to give your immersion experience texture than cultural activities? Barcelona is full of opportunities to give your chocolate some texture, from visits to the intriguing Casa Vicens to the beautiful Apolo nightclub located in an old theatre, or tango classes and shows. An immersion experience with Expanish allows you to texture your life as you choose! While a trip on a city tour bus to sightsee offers a few good picture opportunities, Expanish Spanish in the City course is sure to gain you more than just a few likes. In this course, you will visit iconic spots within Barcelona, as well as learn some local secrets and perspectives on classically tourist spots.
If you are looking for more internal exploration than external, a flamenco course paired with your Spanish lessons might be just what you are looking for. Flamenco, the typical dance of the Andalusia region, offers the opportunity to explore the movements of your body. If you are looking for the best places to cool off with a refreshing beverage or two, a bar crawl through Barcelona might be right! A true immersion experience will offer you the ability to add texture to your experience as you see fit.