Today was a bit different from all the days up until now because we split up into two groups for business visits. I was with the the law and business students. Evan was our leader and he made sure we got where we needed to go to meet with Clara from Barcelona SAE. We first went to a law firm and met with an attorney whose main practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, many of them international in nature. The students asked a lot of really good questions and we found that the practice of law isn't significantly different from that in the US. The big difference we learned was that there are not paralegals in Spain. Junior attorneys do a lot of the work here that paralegals would do. This is because is Spain, there is a long delay between when a person graduates from law school and when they become a member of the bar. So during that period, they are doing the work paralegals would do in the US.
We then had time for lunch. After lunch, we went to the Roca Gallery. Roca makes bathroom fixtures. We really enjoyed looking at the innovative (and in some cases very expensive) fixtures. Unfortunately, most of us will never be able to afford some of the high-end things we saw. They had some that were combination effort with Armani. I am pretty sure I will never find an Armani fixture in my home!
Joe went with the engineering students and Race was the leader. They first went to an engineering college where they visited with a professor and toured a biomechanics lab.They then went to a business incubator for tech startups, and they net with entrepreneurs from two different companies.
Tonight Joe, Tanner and I are going to a Barcelona soccer game. It should be a really interesting experience.