Thursday, November 22, 2012

What do you know about Spain?

Hello everyone,

When you think of Spain, what comes to mind?
I lived in Andalucia where its hot and the landscape is bare. And as you move south to north, it goes from desert to dense, green forests. To me, Malaga and Sevilla are home. However, I have seen the lush forests in the north. I was browsing on the National Geographic website and stumbled upon beautiful photos of Spain. I just wanted to share them with you. I miss being there so much. But today is Thanksgiving and I am super thankful that I am home for the holidays! Even though Thanksgiving is celebrated in America, everyone should give thanks for what he or she has. Happy Holidays!

Hola a todos,
Quería compartir unas fotos de España.
Vivía en Andalucía, y a mi, Málaga y Sevilla son mis hogares. También vi los bosques en el norte y me pegaron. Estaba navegando por el internet cuando encontré unas fotos tomados en España y son impresionantes. Quería enseñarlas a vosotros. Echo mucho de menos a España. Pero hoy es Thanksgiving y estoy súper agradecido por mi familia y mis amigos que viven en todos partes del mundo. También me hace mucha ilusión de estar en mi casa por los navidades. Ya lo sé que se celebran El Día de Acción de Gracias en EEUU, pero creo que es muy importante dar las gracias por lo que tienes. Ni importa donde vives. Happy Thanksgiving! 

A torrero stands with cape at the ready in a bullfighting ring in Spain. The ancient sport draws crowds across the country, and bullfighters attain celebrity status.

Photo: A group of men in a bar
Men meet in a bar in the Triana neighborhood of Sevilla. The capital of Andalusia, Sevilla shines as the stronghold of culture and art in southern Spain.
Photo: Vehicle lights blur in front of an ornate building at night
Headlights blur past the Metropolis Building, a Madrid landmark. The Spanish capital is also its banking and business center.
Photo: Children practicing flamenco dance
Children practice the art of flamenco at a fair in Barcelona. Quintessentially Spanish, flamenco echoes the rhythm of medieval ballads sung by Muslim minstrels.
Photo: An ornate church
Antoni Gaudí’s Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família in Barcelona is still unfinished more than a century after construction began.
Photo: Windmills in a row on a hill
La Mancha’s windmills were famously captured in Miguel de Cervantes’s Don Quixote, when the bumbling knight of the title rushes the windmills, thinking they’re giants.

The Canary Islands lie northwest of Africa and have five distinct environmental zones, ranging from sea level to snowcapped peaks. 

During Seville’s Semana Santa, members of cofradias, or lay religious brotherhoods, walk through the streets in complete silence, wearing voluminous tunics and tall conical hoods that were originally designed to hide the identity of the penitent. 

Toledo’s distinctive twisted streets and covered passageways evoke the city’s golden years as part of the Arab Empire. El Greco, the flamboyant Greek painter, spent years capturing the beauty of the city and its occupants.

Bilbao was just a small industrial town overflowing with immigrants—until it built the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, designed by Frank Gehry. Now it’s a bustling tourism center, an inspiration for mayors around the world hoping for a “Gehry effect.”

A small bridge spans a stream near the village of Rodellar in northern Spain, a region renowned for its climbing. And the canyons of the Sierra de Guara offer superb canyoneering.

Valencia’s arts and science complex is dominated by L'Oceanogràfic, the largest aquarium in Europe, with ten different underwater habitats. The complex also has Europe’s largest planetarium, an IMAX theater, and an opera house.

Customers wait in a busy shop in a market in Palma, Mallorca. The island is one of the four major Balearic Islands—the others are Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera—and it was colonized by the Romans in the second century B.C. 

Calella de Palafrugell is one of several fishing villages turned resort on Catalonia’s Costa Brava, which means “rugged coast.” Many fishing towns became resorts after Generalissimo Francisco Franco began encouraging tourism in the 1950s.

The city of Salamanca is best known for two things: majestic cathedrals and the many students attending one of three universities. The University of Salamanca was founded in 1218, which makes it the third oldest university in Europe, after Bologna and Oxford.

I hope you enjoyed them! Isn't Spain beautiful?

Espero que hayais disfrutado! España es impresionante, no? 

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I am not affiliated with these photos.  I did not take them.  I do not own them.




Sunday, November 4, 2012

College Apps 101 for Exchange Students

Hello everyone,

You will never believe what I have been doing today.

Filling out and sending in my college applications!  I have been working on them since the start of school and it's a huge relief to have them sent in.  I couldn't have done it without my mother.

I just wanted to say a few things to exchange students who are applying this year or going to apply to college next year.  Firstly,  you stand out among all applicants so it's important to highlight your study abroad experience. Add it to your activities list, add your foreign high school on your application, and I also expanded on the topic in my personal statement.  Secondly, get started on your college apps as soon as you can! Gather up all your activities, awards, service experiences, and honors and put them into a word document as that will save you loads of time.  Lastly, if at all possible, really get involved in the community while studying abroad.  Do service, take a pottery class, piano lessons, run a race, join a sports club, maybe intern somewhere! Anything helps and it looks AWESOME on a college app.  Trust me.

I hope these tips are going to benefit you! If you have any questions please leave me a comment. Have a wonderful week.


Hola todos,

Sabéis lo que estuviera haciendo todo el día?

Rellenando y enviando mis aplicaciones a las universidades! Comencé trabajando en ellas al principio del Senior year y es un tremendo alivio por tener todo acabado. Muchas gracias a mi madre por su ayuda.

Solo quería decir algunas cosas a los estudiantes intercambios quien están aplicando este año o van a aplicar a las universidades el año que viene.  Primero, tu aplicación ya tiene un aspecto interesante porque has estado fuera de tu país estudiando en otro por un año entero.  Es importante acentuar tu experiencia! Hace falta incluir tu experiencia en una lisa de actividades, añade tu instituto extranjero en tu aplicación, y yo hablé sobre mi año en España en mi redacción personal.  Segunda, comienza rellenando tus aplicaciones lo antes posible.  Tercero, si es posible, haz algo en la comunidad mientras tu estancia.  Ayuda los pobres, tomar clases de cerámica, piano, entrena por una competición, escríbete en un club de deportes. ALGO! Cualquier cosa.  Si hagas algo en un país extranjero, es una buenísima cosa tener en tu aplicación. 

Espero que te haya ayudado. Si tienes preguntas, déjame un comentario. Tengas una buena semana!