Barcelona!

Photos and text about my trip to Barcelona.

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¿Qué es eso?

In many of my study-abroad posts, I incorporated foreign words and phrases. Below is a list of their meanings.

ISA: International Studies Abroad, the program that I went through to study abroad in Valencia, Spain

FSU Study Center: The school where I studied in Valencia, an extension of the Florida State University campus.

Amparo: The woman who hosted me in her home from January until April 2014. She was my “host mom,” who, while cooking, cleaning and doing my laundry, also taught me the customs, language and culture of Valencia.

Paella: A Valencian rice dish that is usually made with some variation of chicken, rabbit, duck, seafood vegetables, or beans

Siesta: A short nap taken in Spain after la comida, usually around 3 p.m., when cafes, stores and schools close for a few hours

La comida: A large midday meal that is usually around 2 p.m. and is typically is the biggest meal of the day

La cena: The equivalent of an American dinner in Spain, usually taking place around 9 p.m.

Tortilla de patatas o otras verduras: One of the most brilliant things I discovered in Spain — made of eggs, potatoes and often other vegetables. Amparo cooked these often and would put them in a baguette when she packed me a lunch to bring to school.

Valenbisi: Valencia’s bike rental system to travel around the city quickly and in an environmentally-friendly manner

Intercambio: An exchange where Americans will practice their Spanish in a conversation with Spaniards practicing their English

Holy @#$%, I’m in Spain

1559840_10152807957422524_1812216394_nAs my plane prepared for landing in Germany and I could see the unfamiliar landscapes – all the flat greens, and of course no building as tall as the W.E.B Du Bois Library – that was when I realized I had done it. I had gotten myself to Europe, a place I had been dreaming of traveling to ever since I first watched Hallie Parker travel to London in The Parent Trap. Continue reading “Holy @#$%, I’m in Spain”

So I have a layover in Germany…

So I have a layover in Germany...

If this doesn’t scream HI I’VE NEVER BEEN TO EUROPE WHAT’S GOING ON AND WHY IS EVERYTHING WRITTEN IN GERMAN then I don’t know what does.

P.S. — This isn’t what all my blog posts are going to look like. Most of them will be more detailed and professional (?) I’m just delusional in a foreign airport right now and apparently it’s 7 a.m.