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AshleyFryling

  • 21 years old
  • From Michigan, United States
  • Currently in Michigan, United States

Welcome to Spain

Barcelona

Day 78

Spain Barcelona, Spain  |  Mar 27, 2012
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Okay, Tuesday. This morning we had a spanish audio test at Sant Pau, so I had to get ready really quick and then rush off to the metro. Like usual, I thought I was going to be late, but ended up being 10 mintues early. The test was audio, so we listened to questions with earphones and completed a multiple choice test. It seemed pretty ok but there were a ton of students who thought it was appropriate to bust into our room and make a lot of noise, so it was a bit distracting. Anywho, once I was done with the test we had to go to the other campus for the second half of class, so I walked there with one of my friends and enjoyed the gorgeous weather we've been having. We stopped at a basar on the way there (little dollar store type places with just about anything you can imagine) to look around, and later I picked up a bocadillo from the cafe next door before going up to class. Class was kind of dull today, but oh well.

I decided to take a different way home after class, so I did and ended up at a thrift store. Not only did I find the fourth Harry Potter book in Spanish, but a summer dress too! I was super excited. Still am. I really like going to thrift stores at home, but thrift stores are 185% cooler here because, well, it's Spain.

After lunch at the apartment, I went to Sant Pau again for Spanish Contemporary Art. Our teacher is currently in an exhibition in Ireland or someplace like that so we had a substitue, and she lectured us about Juan Muñoz, a contemporary artist who made a lot of important work. It was pretty interesting, but later in class we watched a documentary about him which was half in Spanish and half in English, so whenever they spoke in Spanish she translated. It was kind of hard to get into the documentary when she was pausing the video every 15 seconds to translate or when she was talking over the video. Anywho, I was kind of glad when class was over.

There's going to be a general strike on Thursday against the labor reform passed a few weeks ago by the Parliament, so a lot of public transportation will be shut down. There's a link to more about the strike here:

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/03/09/world/europe/spain-unions-strike/index.html

Our teachers all say we have class, but they have the option of striking too. They said that they wouldn't take attendance because they know the metro and busses aren't going to be working at 100% so they can't hold us to getting to class on time. I guess we'll see what happens.

Oh yeah, after class we had our cooking class!! We made squash soup (sopa de calabaza), paella (chicken, rice, vegetables cooked in a huge pan), pan con tomate (bread with garlic, tomato, sea salt, and olive oil), tortilla española (egg & potato omelette cut like a pizza), and crema catalana (kind of like creme brulee). It was all so delicious! We were there for a while, too, we started at about 7:45 maybe and got done around 10:30. I'm super excited to go home and cook some delicious Spanish food :-)

Well I'm exhausted, so I'm going to go to bed. Buenas noches!

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