Archive for May, 2011


A Bit of Research

May 31, 2011

I’ve been reading up on things.

Barcelona is beautiful! I keep saying that when I go to Spain I’ll spend a ton of time traveling, but honestly I think I might just want to stay in Barcelona the entire four months.

Look at this, Barcelona tops the charts in best architecture

And this, Winter in Barcelona

And this, At least according to one  travel blogger, Barcelona is an incredible city to live in

Not to mention this, which claims Barcelona as Spain’s most beautiful city.

Can you tell I’m getting excited!? 😀

Also, I watched the European fútbol championship this past weekend: Manchester United versus Barcelona. So glad I watched it; Barcelona won 3-1, and it was a great game! Apparently the Barcelona football team is the best in Europe. I feel bad now that I didn’t keep up with the world cup, because Spain won. Maybe I’ll watch some Spanish soccer game reruns from the World Cup in addition to all the movies I’m watching. Football is a big deal in pretty much every civilized country except for the US (unless you want to talk American football, but that’s just silly), and I need to get excited about it. Hopefully I can see a game or two when I’m abroad. But I have so many incredible things planned that I don’t know if I’ll manage to do all of it! I’m wishing more and more that I’d opted to do a year-long abroad rather than just a semester-long one. But oh well, I’m sure I’ll manage just fine as it is. And besides, I hope to go back to Europe someday soon after I graduate.


Spanish movie list/Lista de peliculas en espanol

May 26, 2011

As an attempt to improve my Spanish language and cultural knowledge, I’m gonna be watching as many movies in Spanish as I possibly can. Even though they have English subtitles, they’re helping me pick up on some expressions and popular ways of saying things (or at least I hope so), and they’ll also help me have something to talk about with people in Spain. I’ll be updating this list as I see more movies. The number next to the movies is my rating out of 10.

Intentando a mejorar mi saber del idioma español y mi conocimiento de la cultura, voy a mirar tantas películas en espanol que puedo. Aunque tienen subtitulos en inglés, están ayundándome aprender unas expresiones idiomáticas y algunas maneras de hablar (o espero que sí). También mirarlas va a darme algo de que puedo hablar con la gente en españa. Estaré actualizandola mientras veo más películas. El número al lado de las películas es adonde las pongo entre 1 y 10. (ay, que difícil a traducirlo–¡escribo con tanta complejidad en inglés!)

Set in Spain/Puesta en España:
Los Abrazos Rotos (Broken Embraces) – 9
Abre Los Ojos (Open Your Eyes) – 9
Los Amantes Del Círculo Polar (Lovers of the Arctic Circle) – 7
Amores Perros – 9
Átame (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!)- 9
L’Auberge Espagnole (The Spanish Apartment/Una Casa de Locos) – 10
Biutiful – 6
Belle Epoque (The Age of Beauty) – 7
El Bola (Pellet) – 9
Carne Trémula (Live Flesh) – 9
Los Cronocrímenes (Timecrimes) – 8
El Espinazo del Diablo (The Devil’s Backbone) – 8
La Flor de mi Secreto (The Flower of my Secret) – 7
Flores de Otro Mundo (Flowers from Another World) – 6
A Gaudi Afternoon – 8
Goya’s Ghosts – 5
Hable Con Ella (Talk to Her) – 7
Inconscientes (Unconscious) – 10
Intacto (Intact) – 8
El Laberinto de Fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth) – 9
Los Lunes al Sol (Mondays in the Sun) – 8
La Lengua de las Mariposas (Butterfly Tongues) – 9
La Mala Educación (Bad Education) – 7
Mar Adentro (The Sea Inside) – 4
Matador – 8
Mujeres al Borde de un Ataque de Nervios (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) – 8
El Orfanato (The Orphanage) – 10
¿Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto!! (What Have I Done to Deserve This?!) – 8
[REC] – 9
Seres Queridos (Only Human) – 10
Silencio Roto (Broken Silence) – 9
Sin Noticias de Dios (Don’t Tempt Me) – 5
Si Te Dicen que Cai (If They Tell You I Fell) – 1
Solas (Alone) – 9
Tesis (Thesis) – 10
Todo Sobre Mi Madre (All About My Mother) – 8
Vicky Christina Barcelona – 10
Volver (To Return) – 9

Set in North or Central America/Puesta en Norteamerica o Centroamerica:
Como Agua Para Chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate) – 4
El Norte (The North) – 9
La Misma Luna (Under the Same Moon) – 8
Nueba Yol – 2
El Padrecito (The Little Priest) – 9
Y Tu Mamá También (And Your Mom Too) – 6.5

Set in South America/Puesta en Sudamerica:
Diarios de Motocicleta (The Motorcycle Diaries) – 9
La Historia Oficial (The Official Story) – 9
Machuca – 9
Maria Llena Eres de Gracia (Maria Full of Grace) – 9
Nueve Reinas (Nine Queens) – 9
El Secreto de Sus Ojos (The Secret in Their Eyes) – 10
Tinta Roja (Red Ink) – 9
También la Lluvia (Even the Rain) – 10
Valentin – 9

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