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Last Weekend with the Program

Friday, May 4, 2012

Well, the time has arrived. My program and the group below me will be leaving next weekend:( It's weird though. We all know it's going to happen, but, due to finals next week, we haven't exactly started thinking about it. Which is good I guess. Better to be sad after finals. It's going to be really strange having half of the Americans gone. At least some of my friends from the higher program will still be here!

Julia
Italian • Boston, MA

The To Do List Just Keep on Growing...

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Even though I have been in school for the past 16 years of my life (if that doesn't make me feel old, I don't know what will,) I have still yet to understand why teachers think that the last two weeks of the semester is the PERFECT time to give all of the projects, presentations, and papers possible. This past week was filled with 3 presentations and an exam, while the week that is coming up has 2 presentations, a final project, an essay and a debate. Then comes finals week! Ugh.

Julia
Italian • Boston, MA

Last Days of Vacation

Friday, April 20, 2012

Well, vacation is almost over. Boooo. Next week exams begin. Another boo. But then my program ends and I stay here to finish up my direct enrollment class which means only 4 hours of class a week! Woohoo!!

Julia
Italian • Boston, MA

When in Rome

Monday, April 16, 2012

Well, I'm finally back in Italy! I have to say, it's really strange, but it feels good to be back. I have been traveling to Rome since I was 11, and I also lived in a city north of Rome called Viterbo my entire junior year of high school. I've been back a couple of times since my junior year, and each time it gets weirder and weirder, mostly because all of my friends are still 15 and 16 in my head. But obviously we have all grown up, some are in university, and others are working. But we're still all the same group of friends, which is awesome as always!

Julia
Italian • Boston, MA

Semana Santa

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Well, it's finally Spring Break! We have two and a half weeks off (woohoo!) and I am going to Italy just for a week of it. The reason being is because Spain has a lot of amazing holidays right now, and I really wanted to see them! For example, right now is the Semana Santa (Holy Week), and everyday there are numerous processions throughout the city. Now, processions here aren't like the 4th of July parades back in the States (although they have stands about every 20 feet selling candy...delicious.) These are very serious, and meant to be very sad.

Julia
Italian • Boston, MA

Mi Abuela Española

Friday, March 30, 2012

I will be the first to admit that I do not have the best relationship with my grandparents. Don't get me wrong, it's not like I don't like them. They just live really far away (some in New Hampshire, some in Washington D.C., some in New Mexico...I have a lot of grandparents), so it's really hard to talk to them on a regular basis. But now that I'm living here in Spain in a host family with a grandmother, I have gotten to see what it's like to have a relationship with someone who had such a different experience growing up. 

Julia
Italian • Boston, MA

Differences between America and Spain, Part 1

Friday, March 23, 2012

I know that everyone has heard the obvious differences between Spain and the US numerous times, via word of mouth and the news. But I'm not going to tell you the obvious ones, because that would be no fun. So without further ado, here are some of the major differences I've noticed so far.

Julia
Italian • Boston, MA

Las Fallas

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Hello from Valencia! This week in Valencia is a festival called Las Fallas. Traditionally, it is a week long festival in honor of San Jose, with the cultmination of the festival on the Dia de San Jose, which is March 19, but now it has more of a touristic importance than a religious one.

Julia
Italian • Boston, MA

Granada: The City of Flamenco and Tapas

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Of all of the places I have ever been in my life, Granada has got to be one of the coolest and most original cities ever. It has some of the richest history in all of Spain, and some of the best food, if I do say so myself! 

Julia
Italian • Boston, MA

Manos Alegres!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

This past Friday I was lucky enough to go to a concert for free, which, for a lover of music like I am, is always a treat. However, it was not your normal type of concert. My host mom, Rosa, has been studying Spanish Sign Language for the past two months, and this concert, Manos Alegres (Happy Hands) was kind of like their final exam. I know what you're thinking...a concert in sign language? At first I didn't get it either, but once it started, it was really cool!

Julia
Italian • Boston, MA

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