It's busy, busy, busy in Barcelona

20:18, May 01 2014
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SPANISH SHARKS: Victoria Tucker with her host family on a trip to the aquarium.

Victoria Tucker is spending a year with a host family in Castelldefels, Spain, on an AFS exchange.

Over the past few weeks I have been really busy, with school, the gym, friends and helping out kids with their English.

After having hockey in Castelldefels and arriving here and having to stop playing, I felt really inactive and I really didn't like it.

So I have joined one of the nicest gyms here, that's located basically on the beach, and have been regularly going with every opportunity I get.

It's 15 minutes with my bike and I usually need a good two hours to fully make the most of it, so it's quite difficult to find time.

I have loved being able to swim there as I had been missing my regular morning swims with my real mum back in good old Timaru.


It's just not the same without her but the beautiful sensations of swimming are still there.

It's especially great when coming straight from the gym because the air-conditioning isn't working at the moment and it feels like working out in a sauna.

Two weeks ago I enjoyed a girls' night out with my girlfriends, Zanete and Katerina, and the both of them were able to stay the night at my house.

It was great going out and experiencing the typically talked about "Barcelona nightlife".

Even though it wasn't on the top of my list, this was one of the reasons why I wanted to come to Barcelona.

I've also been on some excursions with the school recently, which are like wee class field trips.

One for Catalan and one for economics.

The Catalan excursion was to a museum and we studied the works of an artist.

As much as it was great to be out of school, I can not say I enjoyed the 45-minute walk back home after.

I was wearing my new boots and they killed me, had to practically limp.

If only I had known my train ticket had expired and had brought money to get a new one.

I also shouldn't have listened to the teacher who told me that it was only a 20-minute walk.

The economics excursion was quite cool. We went to a business centre that spoke about how to start a business and the way it works.

We were all entertained during the break when two girls were just randomly dancing (like really going for it) outside the centre, there was a good crowd going.

On Sunday we went to the aquarium with free entrance as a relative of the family works there. It was really interesting but it kind of put me off scuba diving because of all the facts about the dangerous fish.

We saw a big collection of different kinds of sea animals including seahorses, penguins, corals, crabs and sharks. It doesn't matter how protected you are from the sharks it is still terrifying seeing them up close.

One of the sharks was really old and had a hunchback - I was thoroughly amused.

The school holidays begin at the end of this week and I cannot wait to have more free time.

Plus, the weather is looking up!

I have already started hitting up the beach, though its not warm enough to swim yet.

I'm now counting down the days till I leave for the Netherlands, Holland for a six-day trip.

I will be going to stay with my host family's family which will be great as they have a daughter my age, not to mention the fact that I will get to put The Netherlands on the list of places I've travelled to.

Today marks only 80 days to go in Spain. But I will have to travel for nearly two days before my journey will come to an end. I am absolutely dreading the flights back. Nearly died arriving here.

To read more about Victoria's Spanish adventure go to her blog: Living My Dream In Spain

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