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Friends, Food and Flights...

By UALSocial 12 Dec 2018

Harriet, a Wellbeing Rep and third year student at Chelsea shares her love of travel and why you should take advantage of UAL Social's trips abroad!

Last summer, I had the fantastic opportunity to travel to Barcelona with the UAL Social Programme. It was my first year at uni, so travelling as part of a small group was ideal for me. 

Booking through UAL was hassle free and easy and we had a full packed itinerary for our four days in Barcelona. We jetted off from Gatwick Airport and got to know everyone on the trip really quickly. 

Things I loved about the city

  • Barcelona is a vibrant, unique and diverse city full of culture, art, music, entertainment and beautiful architecture.
  • The hostel was very relaxed with a rooftop bar overlooking the city, it had a cool, chilled vibe. 
  • Exploring shops, markets, cafés, bars, beaches and the stunning architecture.
  • Free time to explore and do our own thing. 


Highlights of the trip

  • The atmosphere is Barcelona is great, we saw street performances and dancing which was one of my favourite things.
  • Visiting the Park Güell was a fantastic experience the beauty within the designs of the architecture was breath-taking, beautiful textile patterns and prints throughout the design. At the top of Güell Park there was a terrace where you could view the whole city. 
  • The nightlife in Barcelona was brilliant.  
  • Dining out gave us a real insight into the cities nightlife, food and feel of the city.
  • Taking a local guided tour of Barcelona enabled us to really see the city inside and out.
  • The beach trip, where we walked along the canal viewing the beautiful boats and coast.


The trip to Barca was an amazing highlight of my first year, being with a group and also having the chance to have free time.

To anyone interested in going on a trip with the Social Programme, I would highly recommend it! This was a really positive experience that I always look back on!


UALSocial is fresh, innovative and creative. What’s more, it is completely coordinated by students, which makes it unique, inclusive and empowering for everyone involved. The majority of events are free and the programme pioneers campaigns and community projects across every hall.
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