Spotlight Interview: Barcelona

Hi y’all!

I hope you all are enjoying this new series as much as I am. I feel it is very important to provide different perspectives on travel because traveling does not fit on specific format. Today, I had the great opportunity to interview Sommer Hill and Saqera Jones who both  studied abroad during their sophomore year to Barcelona, Spain.


My first interview is with Sommer Hill. Sommer is currently a Senior at Howard University and majors in Broadcast Journalism. She has previously interned for Angela Rye and currently interns at WUSA where she covers various stories across the DMV area.



@Sommersselection (This is Sommer’s travel and adventure page on instagram. I highly recommend it!)


Where did to you travel during study abroad semester?

Milan, Paris, Pieties, Rome, Nice, Athens, Santorini, Morocco, Amsterdam, Ivies, and Seville.



How was your experience as a black woman in Europe? 

I was often stared at because I wore head-wraps throughout my time there. While I was constantly stared at, I didn’t experience oppression I had previously encountered in America. I felt an indescribable sense of freedom that I did not have in America.



Top 3 Things to Bring?

Camera, and walking shoes! There is SO much walking.



What was the biggest lesson you learned about yourself through traveling?

I hold the ultimate power. The master of fate poem resonated with me throughout my time in Barcelona. I realized I am true of my words, and my words are a manifestation of my actions. All the power I need lies within me and my possibilities are endless



Where was your favorite place to travel and why?

Santorini, Greece! This place was so beautiful and peaceful. I was able to see God’s artwork up close and become appreciative of the beauty around me. Pictures didn’t even do it justice, everyone must visit!



What was your favorite activity in Barcelona?

Walking!! I walked everywhere. Walking gave the chance to become mindful of my surrounding and interact with the city around me.



Any advice to first time travelers?

Step out of your comfort zone and do things you don’t feel comfortable with. Pushing past your comfort zone allows you to become the person you are meant to be. If you’re scared to travel alone, GO.



Where do you want to travel next?

I am very interested in Southeast Asia. I would love to visit Bali and Thailand.



My next interview is with Saqera Jones. Saqera is currently at Senior at Howard University and majors in Sociology. She works in the legal and government lobbying department of Comcast and NBCU on Capital Hill.



What was the biggest challenge you face traveling alone?

My biggest challenge was learning how to navigate in different cities since they all had different metro systems along with city grid systems.



How did you cope with being homesick, if you ever were?

I never really got homesick to be honest. I was around a lot of good people so I was often caught up in that excitement rather than what was going on back home.



Top 3 things to bring?

Comfy walking shoes, reusable water bottle because the water isn’t drinkable everywhere, and a journal so you can document your new experiences.



What was the biggest lesson you learned about yourself through traveling?

I learned that I’m very adaptable and prefer to be in countries where the people are very welcoming. I also prefer more authentic/non-touristy areas because thats how you get a real feel for the place. I also learned you have to GO WITH THE FLOW, thing won’t go as planned but thats okay, thats how memories are made.



What was your favorite place to travel and why?

Greece because it was so serene and beautiful. Greece was one of the most relaxing places I’ve ever been to, I felt very at peace.



Any advice to first time travelers?

Don’t say no! Try everything, do everything, and don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. Try to learn key words in that language before you go.




Where do you want to travel next?

I would love to travel to Africa and visit South Africa, Kenya, and Senegal.


3 thoughts on “Spotlight Interview: Barcelona

  1. I studied abroad in Barcelona last semester, and definitely agree with everything they said! I walked almost everywhere and loved exploring. They also made me wish I got to visit Greece during my time in Europe, I’ve heard amazing things.


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