When in Spain, we cook paella

By Kate Rau

Meaghan Kincaid is studying Business Economics at SUNY at Oneonta. This summer she spent eight weeks in Spain, completing a marketing internship at a leading co-working company in Barcelona.

“Our marketing department truly was a cohesive team that conquered the day in and day out changes of the community we strived to keep informed and the company we represented,” she writes on her blog, My Travels Abroad.

Below is an extract of a recent blog post, where Meaghan recounts an evening spent cooking paella with Connectors and friends in Barcelona.

It’s Paella time!

Paella is one of Spain’s most famous dishes and who would I be if I didn’t sign up for a paella cooking class? Let me just say, making this delicious dish from scratch made all the difference. The tedious cooking process brought out flavors of garlic, saffron, and many, many more.

“Check to see if they are still alive, before we cook them”
Hands started grabbing at the freshly picked seafood we had just bought from the La Boqueria. We bought mussels, prawns, squid, and clams; some of my absolute favorite seafood and among the freshest I have ever had the pleasure of eating too! Mussels were being cleaned and checked to see if they were still alive with knives. Squids were being squeezed and diced. And prawns were being cleaned. I, for one, chose to sit that part out. I tried at first and then realized my calling was to cut cheese. Yup, that’s right, cut cheese. Amid the chaos of homemade sangria and paella constantly being tended to, we also had cheese and ham platters to tide us over. I took my job very seriously, designing the plate as best I could, it’s a process, trust me.
Meaghan Kincaid Barcelona
Megan and her fellow Connectors spent a summer interning in Barcelona.
Follow Meaghan’s adventures abroad on her blog.
To find out more about our internship programs in Barcelona, browse opportunities and read reviews here.
Kate Rau

Kate is no stranger to international internships and studying abroad. After submitting her Honours thesis in French socio-linguistics and literature in 2003, she completed a program abroad in Reunion, where she learnt a lot about litchis, island-style living and French. She returned home with two degrees – one in journalism and one in French – and decided on a career in media. Fast-forward some 15 years later and Kate has enjoyed a few career highlights: She’s edited a number of consumer and trade magazine titles, she’s worked with some of the most influential international brands looking to save the planet, and she’s managed a full-house digital marketing agency in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Today Kate works as Marketing Manager for Connect-123 in Cape Town, which means she gets to share great stories about the excellent work we do every day.


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