They say you don’t get second chances at first impressions – perhaps the saying is as true for places as it is for people. Exploring Amsterdam, there were a few curiosities about the city stood out to me. 1. Bikes. Are. Everywhere. In Amsterdam, I’m pretty sure that bicycles pose more of a threat than cars … More Top 3 Impressions of Amsterdam
This week the news stations have been inundated by reports on the death of Adolfo Suarez, who served as Spanish Prime Minister from 1976 to 1981 and helped lead the transition from dictatorship to democracy after the death of Franco in 1975. Some quick background. The Spanish Civil War began in 1936 between the Republicans and … More Spain Says Goodbye to Aldofo Suarez
In the first week of moving to Spain, I remember being horribly taken aback when my host mom told me she was a little “constipada.” How could she share such intimate details about her health with me when we had just met?! As I soon learned, many native English speakers get a chuckle out of … More Attitudes Toward Illness, A Comparison
Never heard of field hockey before? That’s ok, it’s a relatively obscure sport, and I received confused looks all throughout high school when I would tell people that I played it. Even in the US, it’s very regional, being popular in states such as California, Virginia, and Pennsylvania and played almost exclusively by girls. Internationally, … More I Joined The Field Hockey Team!
Continued: more highlights from my weekend in Barcelona with Daniel. Experiencing a Fútbol Game It’s undeniable that Barcelona loves its fútbol team. I’ve never been an avid follower of any sport, but Daniel has spent the better part of his life as a diehard fan (of the Wizards and other DC teams), worked what almost … More Wandering Barcelona, Part 2
Wandering the Neighborhoods Meandering through the streets of Barcelona, the city definitely felt like a cousin of Alicante – distinctly Spanish – but much, much bigger. Moving from one vibe in one neighborhood to a completely different feel in another vaguely reminded me of New York City. From El Barri Gotic to Poble Sec to … More Wandering Barcelona, Part 1
Some of my first wanderings in Alicante involved happening upon another plaza on nearly every new street I explored. There was a plaza with a pagoda bar in the center, a plaza with an aquarium, a plaza filled with palm trees, another with lit water jets splashing up from the ground, and plenty with small … More Spain and Plazas Go Together Like Peanut Butter and Jelly