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12 posts from November 2012


Video: Shooting stars

Una de las actividades más interesantes del Grupo de Interés de expresión cultural del programa Liberal Arts es la realización de un videoclip. Os dejamos aquí el último que han realizado y en el que ha participado Amelia Gómez, colaboradora del blog.


Aquí podeis ver el que realizaron los estudiantes del último semestre: Ha llegado el momento


Workshop in Morocco

This post is by Caitlin Jaynes, a Communications and Journalism major and Spanish minor at Miami University. During the fall 2012 semester she is participating in the CIEE Communications, New Media and Journalism program.

When I first got the calendar of dates from CIEE for my program and saw that it included a weekend in Morocco, I was really excited. As someone who hasn’t done a lot of traveling in her life, I thought experiencing an entirely different continent and religious culture would be very interesting and memorable. It wasn’t until I got here that I found out we were doing a workshop with students in Chefchaouen. As communications students, we would have the opportunity to stay in homes with families and teach the students technologies that we are privileged enough to have access to in our classrooms. PB100066

After a couple busses and a ferry, we finally arrived in Tetuan. There we ate lunch and had a tour of the city. Immediately we were all snapping photos of the beautiful beaches and mountains. We even stopped off the side of the road at one point to take a short camel ride, a Moroccan tourist experience we all felt was not to be missed. After a few hours spent touring the medina, we traveled by bus, again, to finally arrive in Chefchaouen.

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Interest Group Trip with CIEE

This post is by Amelia Gómez, a Global justice major and Psychology and Spanish minor at Saint Mary's College of California. During the fall 2012 semester she is participating in the CIEE Liberal Arts program.

In the Liberal Arts Program, CIEE takes you on a weekend trip to a place outside of Sevilla. There are a number of interest groups that go to a number of different places in Spain. My interest group was based on art so we traveled to Madrid for a weekend and visited the Teatro Real de Madrid, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Reina Sofía, the Catedral de la Almudena, and the Teatro del Canal. We also were given lots of free time to go anywhere else that was of interest to us. We were given weekend passes to use the metro as much as we wanted so it made getting around the city very easy and doable. In my free time I went to the Museo nacional del Prado and to the Palacio real de Madrid and explored a bit around the city.  I had been to Madrid before a couple of years ago so coming back was really cool. It was so interesting to be somewhere in Spain and really feel comfortable to navigate myself around. I felt like I always knew were I was and where to find everything. It’s also very helpful to have such an easy metro to travel with. Plaza oriente

(Fountain in the middle of the Plaza de Oriente, which is located right in front of the Palacio Real)


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Gastronomy of Spain class.

This post is by Emma Poorman, a Sociology major and Spanish minor at The University of Texas at Austin. During the fall 2012 semester she is participating in the CIEE Language and Society program.

When I tell people back home that I am taking a class entitled Gastronomy of Spain, they usually respond with, “wonderful, you’ll learn to cook!”. While I did learn how to make palatable paella at a CIEE home stay, Gastronomy of Spain is decidedly not a cooking class. Our professor gives us relevant recipes (if you ever find yourself in need of Queimada, a hot Galician brew that wards off evil spirits, I can help), learning to cook is not our main concern. In class, we examine how Spanish food changed over time to bring us today’s (often jamón flavored) Spanish cuisine.

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Granada: A Love Story

This post is by Anthony Hernandez, a Communication Studies major and Spanish minor at Portland State University. During the 2012-2013 academic year he is participating in the CIEE Language and Society program and the Communications, New Media and Journalism program. 

I fell in love with a new city, and I am not sure how to tell Sevilla about it. Her name is Granada and she has bigger hills than Sevilla, she has a lot of really pretty viewpoints, and she has this thing called La Alhambra that is simply breathtaking. I know she was only a 2 night fling, but this past weekend when I went with my program to Cordoba and Granada, I seriously thought about dropping everything to live within her city walls.

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This post is by Mark Rogers, a Mathematics major and Education minor at Santa Clara University. During the fall 2012 semester he is participating in the CIEE Language and Society program.

Boring. Deceptive. Irrelevant. Confusing. Pointless. Uninteresting. Fake.

Before coming to Spain that would describe how I felt about most politics, but these last two months have radically altered my political views. And I don't mean I've changed political parties or my stance on issues (though some have), I mean that my perspective has broadened and passion has changed. I am still uncertain and developing where I stand politically, but no longer will I cross my arms and sit in the corner bored, upset, and confused. I will stand up, ask questions, and search where to plant my political feet.



Visita a Inés Rosales

This post is by Liz Harroun, an International Business major and a Spanish minor student at The University of Texas at Austin. During the fall 2012 semester she is participating in the CIEE Business and Society program.

El último viernes, fui en un tour con mi clase de Dirección de Empresas en Europa a una empresa sevillana que se llama Inés Rosales. Hoy en día vende tortas a nivel internacional, pero tiene un comienzo muy humilde. El negocio nació en 1910 cuando una mujer muy valiente, Inés Rosales Cabello, recordó que tenía una vieja receta familiar y comenzó a cocinar tortas en su propia casa para posteriormente venderlas y ganar dinero con el que alimentar a su familia. Con la ayuda de las mujeres de la localidad, empezó a vender sus tortas en el cruce de caminos de La Pañoleta y en la antigua estación de trenes de Sevilla porque sabía que allí habría más tráfico de personas y coches. Transportaban las tortas en canastos de mimbre. Desde estos dos puntos estratégicos los viajeros se las llevan a sus lugares de destino y en poco tiempo se fueron extendiendo por toda España dando lugar a “Las Legítimas y Acreditadas Tortas de Aceite de Inés Rosales”.


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Wait, this is a church?

This post is by Mark Rogers, a Mathematics major and Education minor at Santa Clara University. During the fall 2012 semester he is participating in the CIEE Language and Society program.

The highlight and best cultural immersion of my abroad experience has come through the friendly, loving, and unique community I have found in Encounter Church.

Encounter is an evangelical church in Sevilla of around 80 people, but it is like no other church I’ve ever been too.

My church back home in the Bay Area is a huge part of my life, so one of my goals abroad was to see what churches are like in another country and culture. There are HUGE, beautiful churches on every other corner in Sevilla, but church is about the people, not the place. The community I saw and encountered (no pun intended of course) drew me in immediately.

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Los Barrenderos: Brushing off the Memories

This post is by Seth Jonhson, a Finance and Business Management major and a Spanish minor student at University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. During the fall 2012 semester he is participating in the CIEE Business and Society program.

Whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, if you find yourself on the streets of Seville before the sun comes up, take note, for you have a good chance of seeing Los Barrenderos. This nocturnal band of men and machines make their way through the winding network of streets and alleyways, at times catching unsuspecting pedestrians with a blast of water or hot air as they round a corner.

These Barrenderos are dressed in blue and neon orange jumpsuits with silver illuminated stripes so those who are near know they are coming...but just who are these Barrenderos?


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Expect the Unexpected

This post is by Samantha Eisen, a Public Relations major and Business Administration minor at Seattle University. During the fall 2012 semester she is participating in the CIEE International Business and Culture program.

As my friends and I approached Plaza de Toros de La Real Maestranza, I couldn´t believe what I was about to experience. I never even thought that I would study abroad, never mind witness a bullfight. Sure, I had a vague cinema-inspired idea of what a bullfight entails, but the impending reality was far from my preconceived notions.


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