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Amurica the beautiful and free

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

HAPPY BELATED INDEPENDENCE DAY!!!!  It was way different celebrating the 4th in Spain.  A few girls and I went to the beach first which was extremely hot! Then Karolina and I were so hungry we found a kebab near by!!  That was my first kebab and it was so good.  Karolina said they are so much better in Europe than in America!  Good thing I had it here first! Anyways, the students tried to get the whole program to hangout at a bar and they would play american music.  That was pretty fun, but it was a Thursday so everyone who lived far from that bar had to get on the last metro to Bilbao — which was like 10:30pm.  That night ended early.  I chilled outside my apartment and just embraced my surroundings.  It was nice!





So everyone wanted to go the beach after school.  I went to the res. halls and had my siesta there.  Then, I went to check out the mall with Brittany. There is a McDonalds and a Burger King there.  The McChicken is call the McPollo…. bahaha! But the Big Mac is the same.. Do you Spain! Also, they serve beer here! What an option!imageAfter that, I went back to my place and chilled in the park and just was in realization that I’m so excited to be here, in this country.  I was literally smiling for like 30 mins, then I heard this owl, but it wasn’t an owl.  It was some like of pigeon.  Annoying little thing! image


We had a planned excursion by the school to Urdaibai, Spain.  It was about a 30 minute bus ride to the east near the Bay of Biscay. (The video I posted yesterday was from the Mundaka beach. The place was spectacular!  This is the beach that people are allowed to surf at.  We didn’t have much time to go in the water, mainly because we were hungry so we chose finding food over getting to the water.  But we had a great view of the beach and was able to watch the surfers do their thing.  It was awesome! image



image(also this is a tortilla de patatas)!

The view was so great, seriously I thought I was dreaming again.  Angelica and I were talking about how we dream about going to amazing places in the world.  We’re here at this beautiful beach and now what you know? We just sat there after the ledge and watched the surfers and enjoyed the short time provided to us!  Then it was time for SIESTA!!! Can we begin by stating that there were only 3 serves for 120+ students and staff there.  Let’s just say it took a long time to get the food to everyone!  Our first course was a ensalada con atún = salad with tuna.  They love themselves some tuna!! It was good, but they drenched it in vinegar and oil! The second course was this beef with veggies and mash potatoes.  That was good, but the mash potatoes were different; there wasn’t a real flavor to it.  Almost like paste!! I don’t know!  The dessert was cheesecake.  I do not like cheesecake for real, but this was more like whipped cream and it was soooooo good! I which I could have had seconds on that! It was drizzled with cherries and pistachios! YUM, then they gave us coffee to end the siesta!  It took us 3hours to do all of that! 


We ended that trip with at tour of the Gernika Museum and of Peace.  That was pretty cool with the conflict with the Civil War and the Basque Country and also how other countries helped Spain recover! image

Notre Dame

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Yesterday, we visited Notre Dame and the two islands.  Notre Dame was magnificent.   It was constructed between 1163 and 1345 and replaced an old cathedral in order to better match Paris’s expansion and power (  The gothic style with its flying buttresses and the stain glass windows are an impressive feat.  However, I am curious about if the reason for the extensive time it took to build Notre Dame was not only due to technology.  Also, because there were different people in charge over construction over 200 years, I wonder if they made distinct changes to the design.

Professor Smith then gave us an assignment to find government buildings, which is easy to do since the island was the heart and fortress of Paris.  I found the Hôtel-Dieu de Paris, which was the first hospital in Paris, founded in 651.  Unfortunately, much of the building was destroyed in a fire in 1772 and was then rebuilt  Today, it is still considered a quality hospital (

The second, smaller island was originally only used for farm land, until it was given to the church.  Then, it was sold and became an area of expensive apartments and shops (and good ice cream!).  After class, we tried to see if we could go up Notre Dame, but the line was already cut off for the day.

Yesterday with the 4th of July, but I almost forgot! To celebrate, we decided to have hamburgers and hot dogs for dinner in honor of America at a French restaurant.  We tried to talk to our waiter  about Independence Day, but he did not understand what we were talking about.


the French even make AMAZING hamburgers!