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Puente, Italy, Family, Exams, Prince and Princess, Pinkeye, etc

December 17, 2011

Sorry for the blogging fail. It has been almost a month! But there has been so much to do! I hope to spend some good time digesting and recounting my adventures after all of this is over, but until then, here’s a (very) brief highlight.

I had 10 days off in a row (apart from two sessions of a single class, one of which I skipped…), and during that time I went to a Medieval Fair, spent a lot of time attempting to study in the library but getting little accomplished, discovered Bo de B, the best sandwich shop in Barcelona, and I went to Rome!

As soon as I got back, I met my brother and his two friends, who came to visit and have a short European tour. I showed them some of my favorite parts of the city, we had delicious paella, and all was well.

As soon as they left (actually, before), I rushed to get ready for my meeting with the Prince and Princess of Spain!! My program got invited to a reception of the Prince and Princess, and it was a great experience! I even got to shake his hand and have pictures with them(which I’m hoping my friends will pass along to me soon!!).

The next morning, I woke up and had pink eye. :/ Not fun. But I had already planned to go to a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert that evening, which was incredible!! ­čÖé

And then started my last weekend in Spain… which I realized suddenly! I thought I would have another one, but with my Christmas travel schedule, it appears this is my last one! So I’m trying to enjoy it, in the midst of all the exam studying, paper writing, and play reading I have to do before the end of this week!!

So there you have it! I should be adding pictures and more meaningful reflections on my last days in Barcelona soon.

Thank you, blog readers, for putting up with me and my ridiculously irregular and sporadic postings, but, as I’m sure this post makes clear, I’ve been too busy to think, much less sit down and do some good quality blogging. It’ll come soon, I promise.

Much love!

Kristen

P.S. I guess google thinks I have malware on my site–it’s not true! Or at least I hope not! Just be careful clicking links that I haven’t directly posted.

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First Impressions

September 14, 2011

I’ve had all my classes by now, and, so far, I’m really excited! I know, leave it to the nerd that I am to be excited for classes, but it’s how it is.

1. Sem├íntica de Espa├▒ol (Spanish Semantics) – This was my first class, and it scared me a little bit, honestly. The professor talked really quickly, apart from the fact that he just sat there reading his notes almost the whole time. But the topic was sufficiently interesting that I was able to overlook that. We talked a lot about diachronic and synchronic studies in a lexicon and the open nature of the lexicon of any language, which I’ve┬ádefinitely┬ágone over in Linguistics classes already. But it was good!

2. Teatro Contempor├íneo Espa├▒ol (Contemporary Spanish Theater) – After the fast-talking semantics professor, this was a welcome change. This professor talks at a snail’s pace. And it sounds like it will also be very interesting. He talked some about the differences between a written play and any other form of literature. But, like the semantics class, he didn’t give us a syllabus or anything, so I hope that tomorrow I will get more information so that I can plan travel stuff accordingly.

3. Introducci├│n a la lengua Catal├ín y su contexto social (Introduction to the Catalan language and it’s social context) – The title itself should be enough to indicate that I’m gonna love this class. But, apart from the topic itself, the professor is really nice, and it’s a CIEE class so it’s a lot less intimidating than the other classes I’m taking.

4. Fon├ętica y Fonolog├şa de Espa├▒ol (Phonetics and Phonology of Spanish) – The professor of this class is definitely a lot more friendly than the other two UB professors, and she talks at a good pace. Besides the fact that I’m super interested in this kind of stuff. So it’s gonna be good.

So, yes, I am a nerd, and I am very excited for my classes. I’m kind of sad, actually, that I don’t have any homework to work on. Isn’t that just sickening? But it’s true. I kind of miss learning interesting academically-related things, albeit in a form that turns hellish after a few weeks.

Apart from classes, in the last couple days I’ve been spending a lot of time chilling out, resting, and getting to know people and places. For example, yesterday, I ran into my housemate, who’s from Canada, and his classmate from Germany, and the three of us hung out with one of my friends, just walking around the city. It was pretty fun. And today, I finally went to a supermarket to buy some bulk food, which is WAY cheaper than buying lunch from a restaurant or something. I got snacks and sandwich stuff to last almost two weeks for only ÔéČ7.70, which is such a good deal! And I still have plenty of peanut butter and crackers to last for snacks for a while. Food here is actually pretty darn cheap if you know where to go and how to do it right.

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