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well, definitely see stuff early as Tyler said. go to the beach a lot. get a simosa (sp?) from spar4 whenever you get hungry during all nighters. 1 euro and MUY vale. put personal information about the people in your group the on your data card the first time you do it. juan carlos will love you for it. go to monserrat. carrefour on the rambla has all the groceries you could want. well...i gotta stretch these..so ill end here for now. adios!
12 December, 2007
These are my top reccomendations (not in any order) for those studying here next semester:
1.) DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, EAT ON THE RAMBLAS. I have the scars to prove it, my meal wasn't quite worth 30 euros!!
2.) Catalonia is not Spain.....nor is it beer country! Estrella is the worst beer you will ever have (unless you like bitter aftertaste), and San Miguel isn't too hot either. Your best bet for local brew is Voll Damm, but it will cost a bit more and you won't find it in draught at any bars/restaurants.
4.) You know that list you've been making over the summer, about what weekend trips you want to make? Throw it away, you're not going to have the time. Besides, the independent travel (and the days after classes end should you choose to travel during that period) is plenty of Europe seeing and all that your bank account can handle.
5.) Charter and other supermarkets are your best bet for food, RAIMA and Servei Estacio for supplies. Doner Kebap / A La Turka, Chinese place nearby, Casa Sergi, Pans, Bocatta, and best of all the Sushi buffet on Via Laetana are your best bet for cheap eats, all ranging from 6-8 euros total. Look for menus del dia!
6.) Say no to hachis!!!
7.) You don't actually need to know any Catalan. Like, at all. But if you know what's good for you, learn some Spanish!
8.) The old security guard hates you, no matter what.
9.) Communication with your studio teacher will be difficult: be sure to remind him constantly that you do not attend Texas A&M university.
10.) Lastly (and I mean this very sincerely) do not be intimidated by Barcelona's metro system! It is an excellent subway and a great means of getting to all of the spots in the city. Yes, European cities are very walkable but it's not worth it walking 1 1/2 hours to Parc Guell! Get a T-10 card as soon as you get here, and use it to get to all the sights. Do as much as you can in Barcelona your first few weeks because the free time doesn't last long!!!!
THIS TREE IN AMSTERDAM GROWS SIDEWAYS. LOOK AT THE ROOTS.
Thank you for letting me share that. If I didn't see you or see much of you in the past day, thank you for being awesome classmates/teachers whatever this semester and hope to see you next semester/at some point!
10 December, 2007
It was interesting to see how pieces of architecture influenced and played a part in the surrounding city. In Amsterdam there were some film exhibitions and museums that influenced my decisions in certain parts of my video. I hope to be able to share with others the overall feelings I got for the cities I visited, and I hope that this will be shown through the contemporary and historic architectural elements in the city.Movement was another important aspect that could be best displayed through film. I believe one’s movement through a city is also characterized by amount (lack or abundance) or light. Buildings, city planning, and public spaces can affect the amount of light at any given time. Movement through a city fabric can be affected by this accordingly. Lighting for me affects many things in my life. Lighting can set a mood, alter a view, or change completely our expectations for something. This is why I feel that film is a great way to portray the impact of certain architectural influences that compose each city. This may change from city to city considering different natural lighting and different lighting conditions affected by a city’s density. I planned to make observation on how new elements within older cities influenced this.
5) Never eat on Las Ramblas unless you've come to sample some of Spain's legendary microwave cookery. Turn down bread at Quinze Nits- it's not worth the cost. Also, on bank holidays the Japanese Buffet on Via Laietana doubles its price.
4) "Chequenta" and "Muy Vale" are not examples of correct Spanish and may irritate the waiter, but maybe if enough people use it we can start a new trend.
3) Bicing is great, but make sure your bike locks properly or you become liable for stealing a bicycle. Also, know that Bicing bicycles are a lot like my projects after an all nighter- you never know just what you're going to get.
2) Nerd Tip: Vodafone, Orange, and Movistar are all ridiculously expensive. The only cheap phone provider is Yoigo, but "The Phone House" will try to tell you they don't sell it, or that they do sell it but only for residents of Spain. Your best bet is to grab a flyer and point to it and call them a liar.
1) When informing a prostitute you do are not interested in their services, a reason for your decision is expected.
09 December, 2007
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03 December, 2007
This is my final project for Arch 416, a stained glass window of sorts (panes to be printed on transparency paper) to shed some light (Get it?) on churches in Venice and Florence, Italy. I found that there was not as strong a contrast between the churches of the different cities as there was between the churches themselves. What influenced the architecture (construction, light, material, ornament, etc) were the styles of the time, the values of that church (ie, Bendictine vs. Franciscan), and the people for whom it was built. These churches did have several things in common: They were all based on the cross in plan, could all name drop some heavy artists, all had lofty spaces, and all were well known places of meeting, worship and reference in their times and often today. They also all have people buried inside them.
01 December, 2007
This week I learned a lot about living the 500 hour day. While my boyfriend was here, I got to be a student-architect-tourist again when I showed him around Barcelona. We saw the Sagrada Familia, the Frank Gehry Fish, Park Guell, and we went to an FCB game, which was SOOO AMAZING. Camp Nou is the largest futbol stadium in Europe, and the game was so much fun. It felt great to be in the midst of thousands of screaming fans, especially since we missed football season at home. I also learned a lot about futbol and spanish from a 6-year-old sitting behind me, which tells you something about my knowledge base on these subjects. My camera is done, so to prove I was there I photoshopped a picture of myself in there.
I think everyone would agree that we've all seen some incredible things during our time in Barcelona; experiences that we will talk about for years to come. However, having always been a firm believer that "people make the place," I've come to realize that my memories of the time spent with my new friends in Spain will ultimately prove to be the unforgettable ones.
I will likely have to refer back to my photo albums to recall exactly how beautiful Tibidabo is at sunset, but I won't ever forget running through the metro with Miki, Jeffrey, and Manolo shouting like soldiers in boot camp, or the time I asked out Isabelle the night shift nurse at the Hospital del Mar, or the 5000 person event at Universita Autonoma where no one else spoke english.