Goodbye, Barcelona!

It’s hard to believe but we are already done! Oh what photographers we have created! Their talents were showcased tonight in our gallery show, visited by friends, family, and the general public. Everybody was surprised at the caliber of photography, and our students really enjoyed the…

Spa Day!

So that was the secret…to soothe sore feet and achy shoulders, everyone got to relax in a spa today. It was so much fun to see the look on the students’ face when we arrived at the spa. So many gasps and squeals! Then for…

Photography in High Places

Our work hit some new highs today altitude-wise! The Pyrenees were our goal, and Mother Nature cooperated too. To avoid absolute exhaustion, a bus drove us up to the top of a mountain, and we hiked about three miles down to the village of Castellar…

Ready for the Show

Like yesterday, today was mostly spent behind the computers, editing, critiquing, toning, and cropping.  Photos for our gallery show had to be selected today, so they can be printed and hung by our opening date Wednesday. And we did it!  We are all ready for…

Hitting the Computers

Sixteen of us started very early today, waking up at 5:30 AM to be on the beach before sunrise. Good photographers all know that the best light is early in the morning and late in the evening. Instructor Gaston offered some tips on how to…

Learning from History

Sometimes you go out looking for history, and sometimes history catches up with you. We’ve experienced both today. Students had the chance to visit some beautifully preserved medieval cities, Girona and Besalú. Girona was a big hit with some as many scenes from “Game of…

Happy Birthday, Anna!

Anna M. celebrated her sweet sixteen today with all of us in Barcelona! Such a bright young woman deserves a party. We wish her the best for this year and for all the years coming ahead. We did have a lot of fun today, but…

Practice Practice Practice!

You know the saying — “practice makes perfect” — and it applies to National Geographic Student Expeditions as well. After a couple days of learning about photography, the students had great opportunities to practice today, as we visited the towns of Figueres and Cadaqués, following…

Discovering Gaudí

Here we are, all of us, enjoying the warmth and the beauty of Barcelona. What a day we’ve had! After a morning discussing as a group our hopes and expectations for this trip, we jumped into a few hours of instruction from our National Geographic…

¡Estamos Aquí! We Are Here!

Without too much difficulty, we pulled off the logistical feat of gathering 22 students from all across the USA at New York City’s JFK airport, to fly to Barcelona, Spain! Then, three more students met us in Barcelona, and here we are — 25 students,…