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15 posts from March 2012


Photos from the general strike in Seville (March 29, 2012)

This photo story is by Erika Colbertaldo, a public communications major at the University of Vermont. During the spring 2012 semester she is participating in the CIEE International Business and Culture program.

On Thursday, March 29th, there was a nationwide general strike in Spain to protest government budget cuts. Here in Sevilla, public transportation was cut drastically and shops closed for the day as workers went to participate in the huelga, or strike. Students traveling were warned of the possibility of flight cancellations and were told to stay away from the strike. I, instead, went to photograph it, and here are some of my shots.





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Granada, desde la perspectiva de la cámara

This photo story is by Sasha Zawadsky-Weist, a psychology, Spanish and Italian major at Indiana University. During the spring 2012 semester she is participating in the CIEE Liberal Arts program.

Soy Sasha Zawadsky-Weist y fui en febrero con un grupo de estudiantes de CIEE a Granada. Fuimos a varios sitios, incluso el barrio más típico de Granada y un convento para comprar magdalenas y otros pasteles. Finalmente fuimos a la Alhambra, el punto culminante del fin de semana. Estos son algunos momentos del viaje, desde la perspectiva de mi cámara.

El palacio de La Alhambra puede ser un ambiente perfecto para realizar una película de fantasmas.

Las flores en el precipicio con La Alhambra de fondo.

Una pareja observando el largo paseo a la salida de La Alhambra.

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Poti, ¡Ven!

This post is by Paige de Paolis, a communication and English major at the University of Colorado at Boulder. During the spring 2012 semester she is participating in the CIEE International Business and Culture program.

A very important aspect of any culture is food. Whether it is on-the-go or gathering together for a peaceful meal, much can be understood about a country based on its practices surrounding food. In Spain, great emphasis is placed on the communal gathering of family members for lunch.

Because lunchtime does not seem to be planned with any sense of urgency in my Spanish household (breakfast at 9 a.m. and lunch at 3 p.m. is quite the gap), I can confidently say it is one of the most anticipated and most enjoyed aspects of my day—and for that matter, a favorite for any typical American student in Spain. While the routine for lunch is simple enough and has become somewhat second nature, I never knew a meal could be so entertaining until I met Poti the Dalmatian.

IMG_0273Poti the dalmation

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La transición de mi vida con otra familia

This post is by Hannah Fischer, an English literature and Spanish major at Illinois Wesleyan University. During the spring 2012 semester she is participating in the Advanced Liberal Arts program through the CIEE Study Center in Seville.

Estoy viviendo en una casa con una familia española y ha sido una buena experiencia. Tengo una habitación perfecta, mi familia es muy amable y la comida es deliciosa. Sin embargo, después de tres años en mi universidad, es diferente vivir de nuevo con una familia. Como muchos estudiantes en los Estado Unidos, vivo en una residencia, lejos de mi familia durante el semestre. En mi universidad, aprendí a ser muy independiente y a hacer lo que quiera cuando quiera.

Pero esto es totalmente diferente en España al convivir con una familia. Todo está a cargo de mi “señora.”

Antes de venir a España, yo sabía que mi familia tendría que cocinar para mí y también lavar mi ropa. Pero hay muchas cosas que no esperaba. Cuando ella limpia mi ropa, la dobla y la guarda. Además, todos los viernes, mi señora y su hija (que tiene 49 años) limpian mi habitación y hacen mi cama. En toda mi vida, mi madre nunca hizo estas cosas para mí. En mi casa de los Estados Unidos, si yo no hago mi cama nadie va a hacerla. Estoy agradecida que de que estén haciendo estas cosas por mí, pero ha sido una evolución.

DSC03894Mi familia aquí lava mi ropa—algo que siempre hago yo en los Estados Unidos

Aparte de todo esto, mi señora y su hija limpian todo el apartamiento muchas veces a la semana. No es solo organizar o limpiar después de cocinar sino literalmente todo. Friegan la cocina, el pasillo, la sala y otras habitaciones. No hay desorden. Todo está guardado cuidadosamente.

Me ofrezco a ayudarles en lavar los platos después de comer, pero ellas insisten en que no lo haga. Yo les doy las gracias siempre y ellas me miran como si estuviera loca. Ellas me preguntan ¿Por qué dices gracias? Yo respondo “Porque lo hacen todo para mí.” Y es verdad, estoy bastante satisfecha por todo. Creo que voy a ser capaz de acostumbrarme a llevar una vida nueva con la familia española.


Lost with a camera in Parque de María Luisa

This photo story is by Erika Colbertaldo, a public communications major at the University of Vermont. During the spring 2012 semester she is participating in the CIEE International Business and Culture program.

When you walk into Parque de María Luisa, you're not sure which way to go or if you'll be able to see everything in one day. You must likely won't. Two hours and about 200 photos later, I chose a few of my favorite shots to share.

 One of many fountains

Beautiful tiling throughout the park

The three stages of love

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VIDEO: A weekend in Morocco

This video blog is by Ryan Ghods, a marketing major at Bentley University. During the spring 2012 semester he is participating in the Business and Society program at the CIEE Study Center in Seville.

I just came back from Morocco, where I spent an incredible weekend with my classmates.  During this CIEE trip, we had the opportunity to experience the cultural, religious, social and economic differences of this developing North African country, as well as consider its historical ties to Spain.

It was also a good opportunity to meet with a group of Moroccan students we met a few weeks ago in Seville. Thanks to the cross-cultural and academic exchange between CIEE Seville and the Ecole Nationale de Commerce et de Gestion in Tangier, a group of 20 Moroccan students visited Seville and prepared and offered a wide range of cultural activities to further expose us to Moroccan culture and Iberian-Moroccan relations at the CIEE Seville Study Center.


Following the beautiful game in Andalusia

This post is by Nayib Moran, a communication major at Villanova University. During the spring 2012 semester he is participating in the Communication, New Media and Journalism program at the CIEE Study Center in Seville.

Intermittent winds hit the stands with gelid cold, but the sun counterattacked each charge with its potent heat. Estadio Nuevo Colombino held La Liga Adelante’s match between Recreativo de Huelva and Deportivo La Coruña.

The region of Andalusia is composed of eight provinces—Sevilla, Málaga, Granada, Córdoba, Cádiz, Almería, Jaén, and Huelva—of which all have at least one professional soccer team. Sevilla has two teams—Betis and Sevilla FC—playing in La Liga BBVA, or first division. Accompanying Sevilla’s teams in first division are Málaga CF and CF Granada.

Recreativo, UD Almería and Córdoba CF play in La Liga Adelante, or second division. Out of the three clubs in second division, Almería had first division soccer last season.

Jaén’s club Jaén FC plays in Segunda B, or third division, as does Cádiz CF.

The game in Estadio Nuevo Colombino had several aspects that made it an attractive match worthy of an hour-and-a-half drive from Sevilla. Deportivo La Coruña is without a doubt a first-division squad playing in Spain’s second division. And as a close follower of Mexican soccer, observing and producing an article about Andres Guardado, one of Mexico’s brightest soccer players playing in Europe, fulfilled one of my journalistic dreams.

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Getting uncomfortable

This post is by Sara Vore, a business administration major at Illinois Wesleyan University. During the spring 2012 semester she is participating in the CIEE Business and Society program.

Now that we’ve been in Sevilla for about two months, I think it’s safe to say that the majority of students have finally settled into their new homes, whether these are homestays, residence halls or apartments. While this newfound familiarity in a place that not long ago was so foreign is both exciting and comforting, it’s important that we remember why we chose to study abroad: to get a little uncomfortable.

I’ll be the first to admit that me and my directionally challenged self enjoy taking the same route to school almost every day, and I look forward to almost always knowing what to expect when I sit down for meals with my family. However, throughout these past few weeks I have continually encouraged myself to walk different paths, try new foods that my family puts in front of me (although still working up the courage to tackle seafood), talk to strangers even if the conversation turns into Spanglish and hand gestures to get my point across… because all of these experiences are the reasons I, along with many other students, decided to study abroad.

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My infamous daily route to school

There’s no telling what you will discover when you leave your carefully constructed comfort zone to explore the rest of what Sevilla has to offer. One of my favorite adventures so far has been with two of my good friends from the Business and Society program. One day we decided to abandon our usual hikes through El Centro for the opposite side of the city and stumbled upon this adorable little neighborhood that we had never seen before.

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Granada revisited

This post is by Cara Ladd, an environmental studies and Spanish major at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. During the spring 2012 semester she is participating in the CIEE Liberal Arts program.

As I hastily packed my backpack for my overnight adventure to Granada, all my memories from my previous visit came flooding back. I remembered sweating my way through La Alhambra in the deadly June heat and briefly exploring the downtown shopping center with my high school friends.

Now, three years later, I was heading back to the same city with an entirely different perspective. If traveling has taught me anything, it’s that wherever you go, you will always discover something new, even if it’s the second time around.

In between naps on the journey there, I tried to recall my first impression of Granada. It was the second city I visited after Sevilla on my first trip to Spain and I remember falling equally in love with both. I loved Sevilla for its hidden charm and bright atmosphere and Granada for its rich Muslim influence and contrasting landscape. But what impressed me the most was the similar historic significance of both cities.


The cathedral and Giralda in Seville

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VIDEO: The yearlong student perspective

This video blog is by Nadia Honary, an art and cinema major at the University of Iowa. During the 2011-2012 academic year she is participating in the Liberal Arts program at the CIEE Study Center in Seville.

This is my seventh vlog entry as a yearlong study abroad student with the program CIEE, showing some of what we saw in the two beautiful pueblos in Northern Andalusia, Baeza and Úbeda. I'm at the halfway point of this experience and have taken the time to revisit why I chose to study abroad for the academic year, which has lead to some really interesting discussions with the other students studying abroad for the year. This vlog is just a preview to a longer project I intend on working on involving the challenges, the thoughts and the revelations of the year long study abroad student experience.