Dana Drosdick

Dana Drosdick
Digital Communications and Spanish
Ballston Spa, New York

4. Barcelona: The Olympic Center

Although I’m no sports buff, even I was impressed with the Olympic Center in Barcelona. In the words of our tour guide, Enrique, “Es impresionante, no?” (It’s impressive, no?). When we arrived, the Olympic Center was mostly dead. I’m not sure if that is because we went on a national holiday, or if it’s usually like that unless an event takes place there. Regardless, it was basically just the birds and us.


The Olympic Center was initially built in 1927 for the Barcelona World Exposition, but wasn't used until 1992 for the summer Olympics. It can hold a crowd up to 62,000, an impressive feat alone. Simply to witness a place with so much history was truly a gift. To this day, the fields are still maintained and well-manicured. 

Across from the Olympic Center is Montjuic Castle, a huge palace that looks very old and very expensive. Montjuic Hill, where the stadium is located, overlooks the city of Barcelona with an unbelievable view. We stopped in a nearby park to take pictures and were not disappointed. The sea and the city truly make it a breathtaking site to see.