Tuesday, January 6, 2009


Welcome to my (Joseph A. McNelis III's) Barcelona, Spain Study Abroad blog!
I've never written a blog but I thought it'd be a good way to get down my thoughts/events/feelings about this awesome experience I'm about to have. I've never travled out of the country either, (I don't think the Canadian side of Niagara Falls REALLY counts...if you want to argue, be my guest) so I'm pretty much diving head first into this whole traveling thing. So I guess I'm doing something new to describe the process of doing something new..how cute.
So to begin, my trip went very well, especially the 8 hours I spent in first class, engaging in such activites as eating Seared Red Snapper with Pecans over Rice and Steamed Spinach, watching a private screening of Edward Norton in "The Incredible Hulk" and playing with the remote that could adjust pretty much every section of my seat (thanks Uncle John!). The city of Barcelona is quite large and a bit intimidating, but I'm forever grateful to NYC for preparing me for a place like this. It's B-E-A-utiful as you can see from the picture, and I'll be putting up more of my pictures on SnapFish periodically.
I've met some awesome people already and I'm sure there will be more amigos in the future. It may take a while for all of us to get to know the city, but I figure if we go out every night until the wee hours of the morning and explore all the bars and discotecas (dance clubs) we can, we'll have it down in no time. (Breathe, Mom, it's just a joke) [sort of!]
Classes start tomorrow and while that's something I'm not looking forward to it'll give me a chance to meet some more people and get back into the groove of speaking Spanish - two of my main goals while I'm here. It's a little unnerving to live in a huge city where you don't know your way around and don't always understand the people on the streets, but I'm excited to jump right into the culture and do as much as I can while I'm here.
Well, that's all for now. Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to leave me love/comments/questions/requests/ALONE!
You stay classy, Estados Unidos...


  1. Joe,
    A wise man once said. "Always do what you can, with what you have, where you are"
    Everything you have done up till now will help guide you along through your journey. I'm really looking forward to reading all about your experiences in Spain. I think you will find my culture to be quite beautiful. Always remember - Live Well, Talk Much, and Laugh Often (I see that sign in Mom's kitchen all the time - so it must be true).

    Take care Joseph.
    Kelly and I are very proud of you.


  2. We are excited to be "followers" on your journey. Can't wait to hear more and see your pictures. Ava misses you already - we all do. Hope you survived the first day of classes - standing by for an update. Love you!

  3. Your adventures are keeping Tommy and me happy! WE WANT MORE!! Enjoy...Jay's...culture...
    Since you've been away the EAGLES have gone from obscurity to Super Bowl-bound. We like you Boss, but Stay Away!
    (That last part was from Tommy,I would never say that, Joph!)