Saturday, October 23, 2010

a week of strikes and strike-outs

We're finally back on the good end of things now. The strikes here are over and with the strike-out last night of former team member Alex Rodriguez, the Texas Rangers will advance to their very first world series.

and just to clear up any confusion over the difference between the Texas and Chilean flags...

Friday, October 22, 2010

a long week of riots and manifestations

but the metro was working today and no major incidents. This is whats been happening in the neighborhood this week.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

a tour of my neighborhood

Lyon: le message des manifestants terni par les casseurs
envoyé par leprogres. - L'info video en direct.
Yesterday the kids were burning trash cans in the city center causing security to close off this major hub's 3 metro stops. I got stuck in the middle of a stampede of young boys running from the armored police. It seems as though the high school kids are taking advantage of the opportunity to revolt. The locals say that it's common for them to show up during manifestations to break and burn things. Today the metros will not go to anystops near the center which is on a Presq'uil seperated from the rest of the town by two rivers.
I guess this is why....

I usually get off the metro here and make my way up those stairs in the back to get to french class.

This is also by my school. needless to say I didn't make it to class today becuase I lost so much time on the messed up metros today and I figured it wasn't even worth risking the 10 minute walk into the main streets.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Sunday, October 10, 2010

king of spain

He received his SMU degree in Arts just months before me.

(From 2001) On Friday, March 30, King Juan Carlos will receive an honorary degree from SMU, the highest academic honor the university can confer. The citation for the honorary Doctor of Arts degree recognizes him "as the gifted designer of one of the most remarkable political transitions in the history of Europe, and as the architect of a vibrant democracy and civil society."

tintin (tin) - oct 10, 2010

laying on sheets covered in Tintin here in bcn, listening to the rain and surfing the net. R is gone to a ´despedida´ for the weekend and I´m hanging with his fam solo. Today we went to the Torres winery today where we had such a fun adventure on the mini train, sampling the goods and getting a very unexpected employee discount on our take-home bottles. then we enjoyed a 3 hour lunch where we had the best calamari, duck and finished with coffees and ice cream topped with figs and brandy. After we drove into another town to buy special chocolate covered almonds and then took to walking the streets for a cava block party. pretty amazing. his mom bought me a jacket at a local boutique down the street from their house. such amazing and generous people. i´m a lucky girl.

Kuroshio Sea - 2nd largest aquarium tank in the world - (song is Please don't go by Barcelona) from Jon Rawlinson on Vimeo.

i can´t believe this is real and to top it off the music is by a group called Barcelona. I love the whale shark at 3:12.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

paris in the morning

roger and I are headed back on the first train to Paris in the morning to celebrate our first anniversary!

Friday, October 1, 2010

New Revolutions *a must read

1. As much as I love Olive Bread, yes (say it outloud)- I love bread but I Love Olive Bread. Trying Anchovie and Olive Bread today was a terrible mistake, NEVER AGAIN!

2. After watching Amelie last week again, I was inspired by the scene in which she takes an old blind man by the arm and guides him on a whirlwind 30 second adventure. However, I´ve realized today that she was lucky it went so smoothly because today i tried to help a blind man onto the metro but ended up upsetting him by giving him directions in my wretched french accent and ultimately making him miss the metro, leaving him waiting in the same spot as I rode away on the subway. I hung my head in shame since the whole fiasco had been witnessed by the other passengers there. I started this day feeling like the biggest jerk. Thanks Amelie.

3. However, thanks to the following clip I´ve finally come to understand what the difference in appearance is between the french and everyone else. It´s the Lips, the sounds, and the eyebrows.