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Study Abroad Pre Departure

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

Well I believe it is time for me to set up my blog and get it ready for my abroad experience. I hope you all will enjoy the several posts and follow me as I explore Spain and the surrounding European continent. Feel free to leave comments and share the blog with other whom you might think will enjoy it. My goal is to explore different cultures, meet fascinating people, master another language, and see what the world has to offer.

Study Abroad Pre Departure

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

Well I believe it is time for me to set up my blog and get it ready for my abroad experience. I hope you all will enjoy the several posts and follow me as I explore Spain and the surrounding European continent. Feel free to leave comments and share the blog with other whom you might think will enjoy it. My goal is to explore different cultures, meet fascinating people, master another language, and see what the world has to offer.

Adiós

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Yes I am home, back in America!  My flight back went well.  The layover in Paris wasn’t bad at all either.  The 8 hour flight to Dulles sucked.  There were kids running around, Shaq was a flight attendant and kept hitting me every time he passed by, and the food wasn’t that great either.  Also, when I went through customs they didn’t believe I was 20 so they stopped me and searched my bags!  Wow, there went another 30 minutes!  Anyways, that night was long, but we made it home with a stop at Chad’s house, who did not have popcorn like I wanted!  But pizza made the cut!

Back to Spain, I love Spain.  It’s so beautiful and I loved learning about the culture and such, but I am glad to be home and to be an American!  I would love to go back too!  Who wants to join me!?  Anyways, I am thankful for the opportunity and the experience! Yay, until next time Spain, agur (goodbye in basque).  

Adiós

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Yes I am home, back in America!  My flight back went well.  The layover in Paris wasn’t bad at all either.  The 8 hour flight to Dulles sucked.  There were kids running around, Shaq was a flight attendant and kept hitting me every time he passed by, and the food wasn’t that great either.  Also, when I went through customs they didn’t believe I was 20 so they stopped me and searched my bags!  Wow, there went another 30 minutes!  Anyways, that night was long, but we made it home with a stop at Chad’s house, who did not have popcorn like I wanted!  But pizza made the cut!

Back to Spain, I love Spain.  It’s so beautiful and I loved learning about the culture and such, but I am glad to be home and to be an American!  I would love to go back too!  Who wants to join me!?  Anyways, I am thankful for the opportunity and the experience! Yay, until next time Spain, agur (goodbye in basque).  

Side note: San Juan de Gaztelugatxe was made for John the Baptist in the 10th century!!! Old much

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Side note: San Juan de Gaztelugatxe was made for John the Baptist in the 10th century!!! Old much

Last few excursions!!!

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Winery- Rioja Alavesa


We went to a winery this week for the business program.  It was such a pretty area.  Our tour guide was saying that this winery is protected from the heat from the south (Madrid and stuff) and the cold weather from the north!  It was just a super pretty place, we toured the company and then we had wine tasting.  I am not a big wine person, the red wine was better than the white wine; in the end they both were not enjoyable.  Also, all my friends enjoyed the wine and said it was one of the best wines they have ever had.  What ever floats your boat!  Even afterwards students bought wine for their family and themselves.  I bought zero bottles; my parents aren’t even wine drinkers! Now I can say I’ve been to a brewery and a winery; now what?!  Fun fact: they have a bottle of wine from every year since they have existed! Which is from 1800s.  So crazy, they only use these bottles for special occasions like the king of Spain!image

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San Juan de Gaztelugatxe


Becka, Haley, John, Jankell and I went on a voyage to San Juan de Gazelugatxe, which is a hermitage (where religious people stay in seclusion) atop a mountain off the coast in Bermeo.  The hermitage seemed empty when we went, but it was a good 230 steps to get up there plus the stairs to go down the mainland.  It was so darn steep; I WILL HAVE BEAUTIFUL CALVES WHEN I GET HOME! But the view was stunning and so amazing.  It wasn’t a hot day either, it semi rained; which was better.  I wanted to stay there all day, but we were getting so so hungry! Also, it was a struggle to get to San Juan because we didn’t know which buses went that far from Bilbao!  But it was a great workout and a great experience! yay!image

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imageBecka and me in our hiking gear!!imageHaley and me, with John in the background…imageThe view from the hermitage.  So crazy!

Either way, the hike was crazy but the end result was worth it.  Then we ended that day with kebabs!!! wahh

Hasta luego amigos! 

So, so far…

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

..Europe has been so good to me.  I’ve realized that I would not mind living in Europe except I would miss my family and the food in America or at least my mother’s cooking!  Other than that, I love it here and the way things are run, but not that they’re in a crisis!  It’s just so antique and I love that stuff.  The people aren’t vintage but the places show how old the country and town actually is.  That’s cool to see.  Either way, I’m hoping to come back to Europe soon! Or just live here for a few years! Who wants to join me?

I have one more week of classes, then exams Monday and then back to America!  Wahhhh.  Tomorrow, the business group goes to a winery and Thursday we do not have class, so this week will go by fast! 

Today, Brittany and I went to Mr. Wok in the mall, which is a chinese buffet!  Yes, I know why eat chinese in Spain?! Well, I was craving some rice so we went!

Well adiós for now! :)

Three weeks and counting

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Yeah, I’ve been in Spain for more than 3 weeks and I leave in less than 2 weeks. That’s so crazy. This place is so beautiful and peaceful. I realized that after I heard protesters gelling something in Spanish about a barrio which is a district of a city. I felt bad for the cafés and stores around it. I am just not feeling a little but homesick, only my mother’s cooking and my family/friends and my dog. It’s not serious, just every now and then I’m craving some good sinegun (Filipino soup) or some adobo (Filipino meal) or even some darn good cornbread!! Where is my mama?!!? On the thee hand, I go to Germany this weekend to visit my brother, Herbbie, and his family!! I haven’t seen them for about 3 years so this will be great! I can’t wait, also because it will deter my homesick feelings! Yay for traveling!!
So an update on classes. Spanish is still difficult, but I’m learning a lot and it’s almost over haha! IB is so interesting! Seriously, we learn about business around the world, hence International business, but it’s in a fun way. Even the teacher is cool. She knows when class gets boring and tries to help us get out of class early. Ahh, please come to Mary Wash and be my teacher for every class! Anyways, we have finals in two Mondays! Yay!

Deusto should seriously come up with a new printing system.  The library is so difficult and you need a flash drive for the photocopy room.  NO ONE TOLD ME TO BRING A FLASH DRIVE… Anyways, good thing I can email from my iPhone; it saves me every time!

Also, I just realized that I have to walk down the side of a mountain in order to go to school and/or walk back home.  It’s about a 5-10 minute walk down/up the mountain.  I mean it could be a hill but it’s so huge so I’m going to call it a mountain! Recently, I’ve decided to climb back up the mountain to get back home instead of wasting money and taking the metro up the hill; it’s a struggle especially when it’s like 80 degrees.  Who has time for that!?  But it’s a good exercise I must say!

I will be gone this weekend, pray for safe travels! Thanks (:

Short clip. The people are laying down in front of the gate and…

Thursday, July 11th, 2013


Short clip. The people are laying down in front of the gate and when the bull enters the arena it JUMPS over the people… Nah I’m good up against the wall!

The entering of the bulls into the arena! They run from the…

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013


The entering of the bulls into the arena! They run from the streets into the arena! So crazy