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10 posts from March 2013

03/22/2013

Who’s the American Again?

This post is by Elizabeth Templin, a Marketing major student at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. During the spring 2013 semester she is participating in the CIEE Business and Society program.

I had never been to Spain before my semester abroad.  Among the many thoughts swirling through my head before leaving the US, I wondered - How common are American companies in Spain?  Would I feel completely isolated without them?

 After two months, I have come to realize how much of an influence American (food) companies affect Spanish culture.  The Burger King (BK) near the University of Sevilla Business School seems to be the meeting point for all my get-togethers with friends.  My first week here, I assumed this restaurant would be swamped with American students, but every time I pass BK on my usual route to class, the restaurant is filled with hungry Sevillans awaiting their Whoppers.  Every time a Burger King commercial comes on TV, my senora’s grandson will scream “Buuurger King, mi favorito!”  At first, I thought he was joking, but his ongoing enthusiasm for BK has proven otherwise.

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03/21/2013

Linguistics: the key to understanding Spanish and its speakers

This post is by Maria Heath, a Comparative Literature major student at Beloit College. During the spring 2013 semester she is participating in the CIEE Liberal Arts program.

  You’ll never really “get” a language until you’ve had some kind of immersion experience with it, and even then you’ll mostly just increase your breadth of knowledge, but nothing will give you a deeper and more interesting understanding of your second language than taking a linguistics class with native speakers. I discovered this during my first week of classes in Seville when I tried a direct enrollment Intro Linguistics class despite my worry that it would be beyond my abilities, and now I believe that the class has been one of the defining points of my experience so far and educational in so many more ways than the syllabus suggests.  

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03/18/2013

Visitas con CIEE

This post is by Kelsey Berlinberg, a International Affairs major and Business minor student at the University of Colorado Boulder. During the spring 2013 semester she is participating in the CIEE Language and Society program.

Con nuestro grupo de CIEE, tenemos la oportunidad de ir a muchos sitios preciosos cerca de Sevilla. El mes pasado fui a Carmona e Itálica con CIEE. Carmona es un pueblo cerca de Sevilla y Italica es una tambien pero era la ciudad donde los Romanos vivían. Estas son las fotos de las dos excursiones.

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Lecciones de Cultura y Civilización Española

El pasado jueves se presentó el libro Lecciones de Cultura y Civilización Española Angel de Quinta, uno de nuestros profesores del Study Center de Sevilla. Es un libro de historia para extranjero, destinado a estudiantes de Study Abroad. Muchos de nuestros chicos estuvieron en la presentación apoyando a Ángel.

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03/17/2013

Paseo por el centro.

This post is by Sarah Yim, a Business Administration major and Marketing and Entrepreneurship minor at Babson College. During the spring 2013 semester she is participating in the CIEE International Business and Culture program.

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The Plaza de España is incredible and seems to change each time you see it. This time, I caught it at sunset, giving the buildings a reddish hue that contrasted wonderfully with the clear blue sky.

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Una perspectiva cultural especial: El Hormiguero 3.0

This post is by Mark Juretschke, a Marketing and Finance major and Spanish minor student at Indiana University. During the spring 2013 semester he is participating in the CIEE Business and Society program.

Una de las mejores maneras de sumergirse en la cultura española es mediante la observación, y ha sido fácil lograr esto mientras veo el programa de entrevistas/comedia, El Hormiguero 3.0. La primera vez que veí este programa, los presentadores fueron corriendo a través del público con una aspiradora para identificar quien llevaba una peluca, y en ese momento supe que había encontrado un programa de televisión increíble. Cada episodio, me sorprendo por las escenas ridículas que ocurren en él. Algunos de los muchos momentos de los que he sido testigo:  Sin título2

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03/10/2013

Fijate

This post is by Erin Kondrat, a Marketing and International Business major and Spanish minor student at Indiana University-Bloomington. During the spring 2013 semester she is participating in the CIEE Business and Society program.

When I watch the news at home in the US, usually with my parents, there isn't too much commentary unless something is particularly striking. Let me paint you a picture of the difference in Spain:

United States:

News Anchor: A woman was brutally attacked by a monkey today.

Me: Huh.

Mom: Yikes.

Dad: (sleeping)

Spain:

News Anchor: A pigeon was found stuck in a park swing today.

Antonia: FIJATE! ERIN, FIJATE! OOOOOOH! FIJATE!

Fijate in spanish basically means "look!", and it's one of the many "Toñi-sms" (my host mom's nickname) that I've become accustomed to. While at times being told to do something approximately 18 times per TV show (no really, I counted) can test my patience, it's hard not to love her enthusiasm for everything, from silly pigeon stories to telling me about the prostitute that lives upstairs (not kidding). Or the 3-minute congratulatory hug she gave me today because I was able to heat up some leftovers for lunch by myself.

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Primeros pensamientos.

This post is by Amanda Miller, a Writing Seminars major student at the Johns Hopkins University. During the spring 2013 semester she is participating in the CIEE Language and Society program.

I think it was the playwright Tennessee Williams who moved to Mexico to escape his fame. I remember reading something he wrote about liking the solitude of being in a country where he didn't understand the language—the murmur of Spanish became the calming backdrop to his own thoughts. Now, I am no Tennessee Williams. But I too have found that my relative lack of understanding of Spanish when I first arrived in Seville was surprisingly calming rather than alarming. This city has a wonderful peacefulness to it. It is easy to be happy and alone with cheap cerveza and open, sunny plazas.

This is not to say that there is ever a lack of things to do in Sevilla if one wants a full schedule. After living here for a month I have yet to find myself wanting to leave or travel outside the city walls. I have explored La Catedral and climbed La Giralda. I have basked in the sun in Alameda de Hercules, and shopped in el Centro and the Feria mercadillo. I have danced in the middle of a drum line in Cádiz for Carnaval. I have walked up and down el río Guadalquivir and sat by la Torre del Oro to watch the sun go down. Just last weekend a Spanish amigo of mine invited me to his insane barbacoa in las afueras—and let me tell you—it was the definition of loco. Costumes were provided and mandatory and they served everything from huevos fritos con pimientos to giant racks of grilled ribs and pollo, and chocolate cake to top it all off. I, in the Sevillian spirit, dressed as a Flamenco dancer, while my friends Brittany and Evelyn dressed as a chicken and a cavewoman, respectively. Spanish friends are a must have here because they will show you a layer of Seville that not even Tennessee Williams could find exploring on his own. I have the CIEE intercambio program to thank for these amigos—they set me up with a muy guay intercambio who instantly welcomed me into her inner circle, and so far I've had my most memorable nights with them. Still, in El Centro alone I have many more adventures planned—I want to explore the Triana market, Barrio Santa Cruz (the old judería), Parque Maria Luisa, Plaza de España, el Alcázar, and much more.

 

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Somos de todos.

El pasado lunes el Sevilla Fútbol Club dedicó su campaña “Somos del Mundo” a Estados Unidos y muchos de nuestros estudiantes fueron al partido en el que también hubo una exhibición de fútbol americano.

Dejamos un link a la noticia del evento, que incluye un divertido video sobre la noche.

Somos de todos. Somos del mundo: EEUU 

03/03/2013

Jamón

This post is by Jenna Bushnell, a Journalism and International Studies major student at the University of Winsconsin - Madison. During the spring 2013 semester she is participating in the CIEE Liberal Arts program.

When I told my mom I was planning to stop being a vegetarian in Spain, she let out a sigh of relief. She and the rest of my family had always been supportive and generally accommodating of the decision I made to stop eating meat before my senior year of high school. Still, she was worried I would have a hard time maintaining a well-balanced diet in Sevilla and that I might stop myself from experiencing the same breadth of cultural opportunities that I would have enjoyed had I started eating meat.

At first, I totally disagreed with her. To preface without getting into too much detail, I decided to become a vegetarian after a high school anatomy trip where the human specimens we looked at resembled chicken too much for my taste. After 4 years, I no longer had an appetite for meat and the look of it kind of made me squeamish. But, I conceded to the idea that I would eat meat if it were necessary and regardless, there was no way eating meat would matter that much in Spain. Well, as usual, my mom was right.

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