Added by Wesley Kan on May 18, 2015 at 1:22pm — No Comments
It is the first of May and officially one month since I've arrived in Spain.
I can't believe time has flown by that quickly. This weekend we are taking a trip all together to see the southern part of Spain and some of the must-see cities. We will be going to Granada, Seville and Cordoba. (You can see it on the map above) Every…Continue
This Friday, I went to visit Segovia.
On the way
The trip was through ACCENT - the company that UC Davis is partnered with here in Spain. I paid 25Euro and took the bus there with friends from the UC Davis…Continue
Added by Cassandra Hanson on May 1, 2013 at 4:33am — No Comments
Some of the gang at El Retiro
Best group I could ask to experience Spain…
Added by Cassandra Hanson on May 1, 2013 at 4:23am — No Comments
I found my new sunday morning ritual
Today we went to El Rastro, which is a huge flee market they have every sunday morning . They sell everything and anything. There were genuine leather goods, shoes, bags, belts, clothes, scarves, jewelry, paintings, sculptures, and nicknacks. Some of the venders sell new goods and others have estate sales. …
Added by Cassandra Hanson on May 1, 2013 at 4:22am — No Comments
El Retiro AKA Heaven
Yesterday, my roommate (Rachel), and two of the boys (Omar and Andrew) decided to check out El Retiro. Everyone has recommended we go and told us how beautiful it is, but it exceeded my highest expectations. The park is goorrggeeoouusss!
We took the metro and the exit placed you right on the edge of the park. And so we walked.
Paved and dirt paths spiderweb across the whole park, which spans at least 10 city…Continue
Added by Cassandra Hanson on May 1, 2013 at 4:20am — No Comments
Time for an update...
I can't believe it has only been 7 days. I feel like I have been in Spain for a month! I have done so much in this past week.
Shortly after I arrived, my house moms gave me a tour of the apartment and offered me coffee. We sat down and talked... or tried too... I explained that I only knew a little Spanish and she said she only knew a little English. I understood most of what she was saying and tried to…Continue
Added by Cassandra Hanson on May 1, 2013 at 4:16am — No Comments
I made it...
I can't believe how many hours I have been awake.
Only slept on the plane for about 2 hours and fighting with the sandman as we speak until its a reasonable hour to sleep here in Spain.
But everything went smoothly. There were at least 7 other people from the program on my flight so getting to the ACCENT center was easy and then Taxied to my host family's place.
THEY ARE SO DARN CUTE!
My Spanish is probably no where near…Continue
Added by Cassandra Hanson on May 1, 2013 at 4:12am — No Comments
It's D day...
Well technically it's 10 min until midnight of Departure day, but close enough! By the time in finish writing this it will be.
All the days leading up to it have been a valiant effort to try and organize the past half century of my life! (Not to be dramatic or anything)
Not only am I packing for Spain, but moving out of the house.. my house... I lived in for the past four years. After the Quarter Abroad Program in Madrid, I plan to stay longer and won't be…Continue
Added by Cassandra Hanson on May 1, 2013 at 4:09am — No Comments
Credit: Kaki Y.
Today was Dia de Sant Jordi here in Barcelona. The only way I can describe the holiday is by trying to ask you to imagine someone that has a blender that mixes holidays, and instead of mixing the obvious choice of Halloween and Thanksgiving, Catalonia mixes July Fourth with Valentine's Day. If you want to read more, I wrote about it in my blog, and here is a link.…Continue
Added by Bryan Steele on April 23, 2012 at 2:07pm — No Comments
Almonds. They’re dark, brown, elongated. They’re my eyes; the eyes that have followed me from the States to Britain. They’re what the world first sees when I interact with it. They’re in part what the world judges me by. They’ve shaped my identity whether I like it or not.
In southern California, these eyes go by unacknowledged. With such a high population of different ethnicities and backgrounds, they’re part of a myriad of unique features: hooked noses, freckles, dark skin. The…Continue
Added by Tiffany J. Lew on August 18, 2011 at 2:40pm — No Comments
Follow the chatter; mumbled and jumbled sounds on meaning’s verge.
Follow the laughter; the one that almost sounds like cries.
Follow the silence; the emptiness.
Follow them through a winding alleyway; the one leading into the heart of men and women.
They hold glasses filled with what could be. And at night’s end, it will be.
The flickering, lazy lights dangle and sway. From above, they protest the screaming, the not-so-sly remarks, the Smirnoff. They…Continue
“So you’re from the States…where in the States are you from?” he asks, as he carefully places a tiny, antique bear in the palm of my hand.
“California.” By now, my response almost spills out expectantly: I wait for the excited smile to stretch across his face. For him to ask me which part of California I’m from and to then ask me about beaches and other picturesque things.
All of which he does.
He asks about beaches, my promximity to the beach, and the always sunny…Continue