Archive for June, 2013

María: LeLe, estás aquí?

Sunday, June 30th, 2013
María: LeLe, estás aquí?
Me: Sí
María: Esta es tu cena. Te gusta chocolate?
Me: Pssssh yes! I mean ... Sí, me gusta!

iNo Puedo Esperar!

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Classes start tomorrow. I am so, so, so excited. I have forgotten so much Spanish in a year and can’t wait to hit the books! My Spanish language class is going to be three hours each day, one of which will be speaking and I might audit a culture class. We’ll see! iEstoy muy emocionado!

 

in front of the Guggenheim !!

Sunday, June 30th, 2013


in front of the Guggenheim !!

This guy in front of us is going crazy on the roller blades….

Sunday, June 30th, 2013


This guy in front of us is going crazy on the roller blades. Haha

Why is this the view from my window?!

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Why is this the view from my window?!

Schedule of Classes Summer 13

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Please click on the link below to view a pdf of my schedule (horario). I’m Taking Culture and Politics in Contemporary Spain and Spain in Europe. If the like doesn’t work, you need to click the “Read More” button and it will show this message by itself. The link will work then.

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Schedule of Classes Summer 13

Schedule of Classes Summer 13

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Please click on the link below to view a pdf of my schedule (horario). I’m Taking Culture and Politics in Contemporary Spain and Spain in Europe. If the like doesn’t work, you need to click the “Read More” button and it will show this message by itself. The link will work then.

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Schedule of Classes Summer 13

Blog 4 Weekend: Guggenheim, concert, beach party, rest

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Today, Sunday 6/30, is the day of rest. We enjoy a peaceful and quiet day at home. This is nice because I am exhausted. What a busy day yesterday! I went to the Guggenheim museum (por el día), concert in the Plaza de Moyua (por la noche), and beach party in Playa de Sopelana where I danced the night away. I came back to the house at around 4:30am without waking up Lourdes and slept a few hours. Lourdes is totally fine with and understanding of me going out and having fun. She only asks that I keep her informed of where I’m going to be and who with.

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To keep in touch with her and my friends, she is letting me use an extra phone while I am here. It is for calling to let her know I’ll be home late or making plans with friends. The phone company is European, Vodaphone, and already she put 10 euros worth for call/text-message use. I can add minutes at a BBVA bank or at a machine on the sidewalk where I add more euros.

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This morning Lourdes squeezed oranges and made homemade orange juice for me. She is a caring and patient host mother. Most of the things she does are more natural than the way a lot of people do them in the U.S.: All her food is natural and organic. In my VA household, I eat organic too. However here there is no option between organic and non-organic food, they don’t sell food that is not organic. The city of Bilbao is very ecological in many ways. Lourdes does not take vitamins, she gets them through her food (it’s more natural). She does not buy lemon juice like my mom does; rather, she squeezes it and uses the leftover squeezed half-lemon to take the fat/grease off of her cooking pans. She uses lemons in other ways for cleaning and it is safer than using all of those toxic cleaning chemicals.

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Of course the meal times differ as well. Lourdes drinks coffee and eats yogurt or a nectarine for a light breakfast. Lunch is the most important and everyone goes home between 1 and 4 for a three course meal and dinner is light. They eat French bread with lunch and dinner. By tearing it into smaller pieces, Lourdes uses it as a utensil to scoop food onto her fork. This makes dishes like salad less messy.

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You don’t see many fat people here because they walk everywhere. Lourdes doesn’t own a car and she doesn’t care to own one because A. she is not very skilled & does not enjoy it; B. parking is quite difficult to find; C. public transportation is safe and clean, even at night; D. walking is healthier for you. I enjoy the methods of transportation here and I mostly walk everywhere. Yesterday, 6/29, I spent the whole day at Guggenheim museum in Bilbao. It is across the bridge from the Universidad de Deusto which is a 25 minute walk from where I live, in La Plaza Landabaso in Sarriko. I allow a half hour to or from the university, which I do in the morning, in the afternoon (para la comida – for lunch), and to return to finish classes. I will post the schedule so that you see what my day looks like. I have the first class of the morning and the last class of the day. Although Lourdes thinks it is an unfortunate schedule, I don’t complain because I am grateful to be taking them.

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The semester starts tomorrow and I am excited for my classes, Culture & Politics and Spain in Europe. I’m glad I’m only taking 6 credits because more than 7 credits is, for a summer session, not recommended. In addition to studying, they want me to have time to see Spain. There is so much I do not know about culture and it is wonderful to learn it first hand and experience it. When I get home, I have to take advantage of the history and art museums in D.C. to complement my readings and make deeper investigations.

Blog 4 Weekend: Guggenheim, concert, beach party, rest

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Today, Sunday 6/30, is the day of rest. We enjoy a peaceful and quiet day at home. This is nice because I am exhausted. What a busy day yesterday! I went to the Guggenheim museum (por el día), concert in the Plaza de Moyua (por la noche), and beach party in Playa de Sopelana where I danced the night away. I came back to the house at around 4:30am without waking up Lourdes and slept a few hours. Lourdes is totally fine with and understanding of me going out and having fun. She only asks that I keep her informed of where I’m going to be and who with.

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To keep in touch with her and my friends, she is letting me use an extra phone while I am here. It is for calling to let her know I’ll be home late or making plans with friends. The phone company is European, Vodaphone, and already she put 10 euros worth for call/text-message use. I can add minutes at a BBVA bank or at a machine on the sidewalk where I add more euros.

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This morning Lourdes squeezed oranges and made homemade orange juice for me. She is a caring and patient host mother. Most of the things she does are more natural than the way a lot of people do them in the U.S.: All her food is natural and organic. In my VA household, I eat organic too. However here there is no option between organic and non-organic food, they don’t sell food that is not organic. The city of Bilbao is very ecological in many ways. Lourdes does not take vitamins, she gets them through her food (it’s more natural). She does not buy lemon juice like my mom does; rather, she squeezes it and uses the leftover squeezed half-lemon to take the fat/grease off of her cooking pans. She uses lemons in other ways for cleaning and it is safer than using all of those toxic cleaning chemicals.

-

Of course the meal times differ as well. Lourdes drinks coffee and eats yogurt or a nectarine for a light breakfast. Lunch is the most important and everyone goes home between 1 and 4 for a three course meal and dinner is light. They eat French bread with lunch and dinner. By tearing it into smaller pieces, Lourdes uses it as a utensil to scoop food onto her fork. This makes dishes like salad less messy.

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You don’t see many fat people here because they walk everywhere. Lourdes doesn’t own a car and she doesn’t care to own one because A. she is not very skilled & does not enjoy it; B. parking is quite difficult to find; C. public transportation is safe and clean, even at night; D. walking is healthier for you. I enjoy the methods of transportation here and I mostly walk everywhere. Yesterday, 6/29, I spent the whole day at Guggenheim museum in Bilbao. It is across the bridge from the Universidad de Deusto which is a 25 minute walk from where I live, in La Plaza Landabaso in Sarriko. I allow a half hour to or from the university, which I do in the morning, in the afternoon (para la comida – for lunch), and to return to finish classes. I will post the schedule so that you see what my day looks like. I have the first class of the morning and the last class of the day. Although Lourdes thinks it is an unfortunate schedule, I don’t complain because I am grateful to be taking them.

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The semester starts tomorrow and I am excited for my classes, Culture & Politics and Spain in Europe. I’m glad I’m only taking 6 credits because more than 7 credits is, for a summer session, not recommended. In addition to studying, they want me to have time to see Spain. There is so much I do not know about culture and it is wonderful to learn it first hand and experience it. When I get home, I have to take advantage of the history and art museums in D.C. to complement my readings and make deeper investigations.

Don’t worry be happy!

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

My motto for the month!
Last night Karolina and I went to Sopelana: an all night (literally from like 8pm to 10am) street party. There were about 7 or 8 different DJ or music groups performing and plenty of fireworks with people selling stuff on the streets. And around every corner you saw a group of people either drinking Calemocho (coke and wine) by the liter or smoking whatever( you fill in the blank)!! I’ve never seen anything like this in America. There were just so many people out the ying yang. Street after street of people and not like 10 people but like 100s per street. It was crowded but amazing. Apparently, this happens every weekend at different stops on the metro! thats crazy and thats a lot of money being spent drinking and smoking! But I guess it’s their culture? Ehhh let’s pull that card?! Anyways, I’m glad to say I’ve experienced that haha.
Could you even imagine that happening in America? We would all die of overuse or something, because we wouldn’t be able to handle ourselves. We just could not be civilized at all! Think about it: A party 3 days a week every week for like 12 hours a day during the summer too.. Right!

This morning, I woke up around noon and I didn’t see my host mom so I ate some corn flakes, a strawberry yogurt and two cookies — breakfast of a champion. Anyways, I went back to my room to journal and the next things I knew my host mom, María, made me pasta salad with turkey and chicken, fish (not that good but I tried it) with sauce and a piece of baguette. It was such a great siesta. I was surprised, mainly because she was gone all weekend and I didn’t notice that she was in the house! But now I’m going to a café con Karolina and read!
Adiós personas!