Gràcia is a trendy and traditional area of Barcelona busy with artists and a variety of cultures. It's unsurprising therefore, that this area is lined with wall art and interesting bars and restaurants and is one of the most culturally diverse neighbourhoods of Barcelona. Its annual street festival; Festa Major de Gràcia, spans a week every August and sees the streets of Gràcia filled with decorations, live music and entertainment, Spanish food and drinks and is a fabulous way to immerse yourself into authentic Barcelona culture as well as getting some great insta's!
Fresh faced and rosy cheek-ed, we stepped off the plane at Schoenefeld to the sub zero frost with high hopes of being both inspired and humbled. A hybrid of past and future, Berlin honours everything of its controversial history and celebrates its bright future, with numerous memorials and museums as well as state of the contemporary galleries and architectural works of art. It can be overwhelming to anticipate visiting EVERYTHING in Berlin but here's a basic outline to a day in the capital of Germany.
There comes a time in life when you just feel you need a change. 2 years into my Biomedical Science degree, and I'd gotten cold feet. Sat in a lab, waiting 4 hours for abit of mould to grow on a petri dish, thinking about how I was going to make my dinner with a jar of pasta sauce and an 2 week old potato, I began to yearn for more in my life. I wanted to be inspired. I wanted to travel. I wanted to get a completely different perspective, one where the highlight of the week wasn't the Apprentice and a dominos on a Wednesday night. I was looking for work experience for the summer when the university emailed students about the British Council's opportunities to study abroad.
With it's multiple layers of history, its unsurprising that Mumbai is rich in museums, not only full of incredible evidence of it's colourful past, but also exhibitions of grand architecture. From the Prince of Wales to the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum, Mumbai museums are amongst the largest and finest in India. With so many in such a condensed area, here's a guide to those to visit and those to miss.
Somewhat naive about Indias rich cultural and historical past, i thought it best to educate myself about the origin of such a vast Sub continent. Although preparing myself for a course which focuses mostly on the British reign of India, I chose books which covered both India's spiritual and political beginnings. Below I've reviewed those publications I chose before starting my journey.