Mish-Mash p5

Mish-Mash p5

This is a more building centric Mish-Mash. I’m really trying not to repeat my photos and keep the content fresh and interesting! (said with the upmost sarcasm)

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This is the Barcelona Cathedral, I know that sounds made it but it’s actually called the Barcelona Cathedral. We didn’t go inside because it was super crowded, but it’s beautiful on the outside and the details are impressive.

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The door and doorway of the Cathedral

This photo really stood out in my mind because although it was February it was a beautiful 60 degree day and the sun was shining directly on the Cathedral. Granted this is not the best lighting for photos but it was very symbolic. Here is this ancient Cathedral in the middle of the city on the first nice day of the year and the sun is shining directly on it.

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Speaking of Barcelona, here is yet another one of my favorite photos. It’s just of a normal, everyday Barcelona street and it’s beautiful. When I think of Europe this is definitely an image that pops into my mind. Clothes hanging on the balcony, a huddle of apartments that don’t all look the same, blue skies and beautiful people. I’m pretty sure the last time I was here I stumbled upon this very street and alas, fate bought me back around.

 

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This was a random apartment building in Talavera where I lived but I was obsessed with it. It was in the center of the city and really stood out to me among all the other buildings. The center is classic Talavera tile, blue with yellows and greens and around it is an almost mirror-like glass that reflected the surroundings of the buildings. It didn’t look like any other building I had seen. A nice mixture of old and new that you don’t really get that often.

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If you can believe this, this the the natural history museum in Barcelona.

I mean what can you really say about this? that light, that angle, those colors? It’s a beauty.

Thank you Barcelona for continuing to be one of my favorite cities.

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Mish Mash – Church Edition

Mish Mash – Church Edition

I think I probably saw about 25 churches during all my travels. Obviously I don’t remember all of them but here are some of my favorites.

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain.

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We’ve all seen the photos of the outside, but how often do you get a peak inside? not very often. It’s full of beautiful stain glass, vibrant colors and a lot os tourists. This Cathedral is one of the largest I’ve ever seen and fun fact; after 100 years (?) it’s still not complete.

St. Patricks Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral early on a Monday morning. Another gem.

Various Churches, Oporto, Portugal. 

Disclaimer: these photos aren’t as good because well you weren’t really supposed to take photos inside these churches but my friend, being the sneaky lady she is took a ton on her phone, sent them to me and alas, here we are. Another disclaimer: the photos cannot capture the beauty of these cathedrals. Yet, another disclaimer; I saw so many churches here that I don’t know the names of all of them, but here they are!

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Mish-Mash p4

Mish-Mash p4

More Mish Mash!!

I realized I left my camera in Spain when I left 😦 so I have nothing new to add so for now some more mish-mash.

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This first one is pretty typical in London, its the red double decker bus. Which I thought was honestly only a myth or a legend but no it’s for real. All the buses are actually like this and it’s so cool and so British and super posh. The point of this photo is, I thought it was super cool and wanted to remember. Plus the timing was perfect because there were no cars and/or people obstructing the shot, which seems to be almost impossible to do.

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This is Malaga, Spain. I came here after my program ended for a little decompression time after a stressful trying 3 months of teaching. (I say that with the most sarcasm I can possibly muster) Anyways, there’s nothing particular special about this photo, it’s just like any other beach photo but a Spanish beach therefore, automatically making it 490903 cooler than any old normal beach photo. (also said with lots of sarcasm)

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Isn’t this kind of creepy?

So this photo was taken in the Canary Islands, this little chain of about 7 islands off of the coast of Africa that are owned by Spain. I love this photo because the forest looks sooooo creepy. Like not something you would expect to see on a tropical Spanish Island, but rather in a forest in Oregon or somewhere else. We were driving up Mount Teide which is also a huge volcano and were stopped by some police since it was raining the mountain was closed for 10 minutes while they cleared the rubble. It was super eerie to be up so high, with fog and a light rain and look out the window and see these creepy ass trees with eerie fog so I snapped a photo so I could be haunted reminded of the beautiful site forever.

Oh Cordoba

Oh Cordoba

I wish I had more photos of Cordoba but I was there for a friends birthday and when you take the south of Spain + warm weather + a friends birthday = you get a bit of a shitshow.

That being said I did get the chance to do a night tour of the Mezquita (no photos allowed) I highly highly highly recommend it. Not to toot my own horn but I’ve seen some of the most beautiful cathedrals in Italy, Spain and Portugal and the Mezquita in Cordoba is literally on my top 3. It is as the spanish would say impressionate. Personally I would skip the alcazar (besides the gardens) and just wander around (los patios is also definitely another must) BUT enough talk, here are the photos.

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Basic, I know but the lighting was amazing

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This might have been the narrowest street in all of Spain or Europe? I can’t remember

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The infamous flower wall!

Cambios, Spain vs. America

Cambios, Spain vs. America

This afternoon my host dad (Jorge) asked me – Lindsey, what are the differences between Spain and America. I’ve had some time to think about this as this is my second go round in Espana (what can I say I love the Spanish)

The truth is there are waaaaay too many to count, but in an attempt to humor him and myself for that matter I decided to compile a short, but I think very accurate list.

  1. Structure. I grew up in a household where fast food was food group and the car was my kitchen. It didn’t matter where we were, what time it was or what the food was. We ate when we wanted, where we wanted and what we wanted. Here is a little different.

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Pasta for dinner? No. Hamburgers for lunch? don’t even ask. Dinner at 6? you must be joking. The structure is intense. Soups, rice and pasta are to had for lunch. Burgers and salads for dinner. For snack (aka America’s lunchtime) fruit. I eat a small sandwich and still get weird looks from the teachers. One time I dared to bring pasta and it seemed like the pueblo was going to implode.

I. cant. stand. it.

For a fully grown lady (I say that only because I pay all my own bills, but by no means am I an adult) it’s extremely frustrating. If I want pizza for breakfast lemme have it, pasta at noon, take a chill pill, pero bueno. I digress.

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The only good burger in all of Spain

Also what’s with always setting the table? I literally say down to eat solo style and the mesa was set to a tea, bread, water, glasses, forks and knives. It’s just not necessary and seems like a waste of energy.

2. The Food. Now I know a lot of people say “Omg Lindsey the food in Spain is so good!”. To which I respond, what do you think Spanish food is? Paella? yes, for special occasions – Birthdays, Holidays, and the occasionally visitor – so we’re talking 3-4 times a year. What else you got? Tapas? Ok good, so exactly what do you think is on your tapas? If you guess sardines, sausages, boiled eggs, octopus, morcilla (google it) and tuna, then you are in fact correct. They are, how do I say this gently, not all their cracked up to be. And just like with any other food, if you eat it everyday without change you will get sick of it. But Lindsey, what about the olive oil? Yes they do cook with a lot of olive oil, but not in a good way, my fish, hamburgers, vegetables and everything else is literally boiled in olive oil and let me tell you that shit is not pleasant. Unlike the grease in America that be blot of or that dries, olive oil does not, it pools into your plate, on the crevasses of your meat and especially in your skin. Greasy much? thank you, yes I am.  Like really? Me muero.

My friends and I regularly sit down at our dinner tables only to find that our main course for the night is a plate of sausages, pig lips, a bowl of broccoli and other creations. Let me just tell you right now, that when I talk to you and I saw I miss American food don’t you dare judge me. Not until you’ve eaten chorizo everyday for 3 months. Morcilla-de-burgos-2.jpg

Take a little guess at what this delicacy is.

3. Laundry. Like most European countries, the Spanish don’t necessarily use dryers, so our clothes are set out on racks or other things to dry. Don’t get me wrong I don’t mind this at all, except when I do. After living in New York for several year and having to pay for my laundry I’ve learned to stretch things pretty far. This means doing laundry about once a month, so when I need clothes I need them like, yesterday. I don’t have time to wait 2 days for my underwear to dry Ineedthemlikenow. Another fun fact, because clothes aren’t always dried in a dryer they can get a little crispy so they like to use something I refer to as suavizante aka fabric softener aka natures perfume. Unlike the fabric softener of the States this shit reeks, it gets into every pore, invades every strand of clothing you own every hair on your body. It’s strong. Don’t want to use suavizante? Fine, enjoy your crispy pants! Let me know how it feels like have paper cuts on your legs 😀

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Can’t live without it.

4. El Rollo. The culture of going out here is totally different than in America. We like shots, large glasses of wine, and to party. However, the idea here is completely different. If you try to drink 3 glasses of wine here like you do in America let me tell you, you will in fact regret it. Not only is the wine 3948903 stronger here but people will think you actually have a drinking problem. No one here drinks to get drunk, but rather to enjoy themselves. Hence why they stay out until the sun rises versus until they pass out.  American’s take note. Also la marcha doesn’t end when you’re 30, 40 or even 50. Kids at the bar? no problem, staying out until sunrise at 40? totally acceptable, drinking everyday during descanso, lunch and dinner? maybe not so much, but I’m willing to take one for the team and give it a try.

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Painfully thirsty

5. Time. Now I feel like this should’ve been first but this is what I’ve had the most trouble with (living in New York and all) I’m usually always in a rush. But here no pasa nada. People don’t rush, lunch takes 2-3 hours (yes please) dinner the same, and going out to eat at a restaurant? don’t even attempt it if you’re in a rush. It’s just not worth it. I wake up as late as possible, grab breakfast to go (another thing they don’t get). Stuff my face during descanso and lunch (we don’t eat dinner until 9:30 most days) and siesta. That’s fucking right, I siesta every.single.day. And I’ll be damned if I’m going to stop. It’s honestly something we should bring back to the U.S. I feel better, I treat everyone around me better. Todo esta bien.

That being said, I love Spain, the people, the food, the lifestyle everything, BUT I also am super homesick, miss American food and most of all I miss butter.

A bit of Barca. 

A bit of Barca. 

Honestly when I was trying to come back to Spain I focused all my attention on Barcelona. It is my favorite city in Spain and I wanted to live here so badly. Madrid is a little too city and touristy for me and although Zaragoza will always have my heart I needed a change of pace. Unfortunately finding a program to teach English in Barcelona was harder than I thought, despite almost every spanaird here being able to speak English. Most people here learn Catalan/Spanish then English. The city is pretty spread out but it’s not as overwhelming or expensive as London. Honestly I’m into all aspects of it and would love to come back again (for the 10th time). I love that the people speak Catalan, I love the variety of food and restaurants and I love that it’s so easy to get a cab. 

I love you barca.