A Dedication to Zaragoza–My Future Home…

As I announced previously, my future city of residence in España will be none other than that illustrious Aragonese captial, Zaragoza!!… Unfortunately, ZGZ definitely doesn’t seem to pop up that often on most people’s radar: Not too many people who I know have heard of it, and I seem to be one of the only two auxiliares in the blogosphere who are actually working there (the other being Blayne from Leaves From The Vine [check it out, check it ouuuuut!!])… Hence, in this post, I’ll try to rep my future city and bring its awesomeness to light (with the vast majority of info and photos coming from Wikipedia)!!… Basilica--

La Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar (beautiful, isn’t it???)… Continue reading “A Dedication to Zaragoza–My Future Home…”

Triumph: I’VE GOT THE GOLDEN TICKET (I Mean, Carta)!!!!…

FINALLY–after months of waiting, I opened my e-mail first thing this morning, and I saw IT–my CARTA!!!!…

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…Carlton clearly knows how I’m feeling!!!!…

And so, I am proud to say that, over the course of an academic year (8-9 months), I will be living and working in this MAGNIFICENT city: Continue reading “Triumph: I’VE GOT THE GOLDEN TICKET (I Mean, Carta)!!!!…”

5 Reasons to Get Hype About Aragón…

As I mentioned in my last post, I am [expectantly] moving to Spain this fall to make my first step into the real world, working as an auxiliar de conversación…And as you will see, the region that I will soon call home, Aragón, has quite a few draws…

1) Location, location, locationAs you can see, Aragón is in el norte…While the North of Spain is generally rainier and colder (more so in wintertime), a lot of the landscape is greener than much of what you would find in the rest of the country…Plus, it’s a lot easier to reach all those great cities of the North–Pamplona, Logroño, San Sebastián, A Coruña, Barcelona–if you live, well, in the North!!…

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And So The Real World Begins…

It is done…Just hours ago, I (and my classmates) made our way up and across the stage set on the Upper Quad, each of us receiving a black folder emblazoned with our school’s seal and name inscripted…

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And so, I can now say that I am a proud alumna of Wake Forest University (magna cum laude, no less)!!!!…

Now, what was the point of sharing all this (besides being all cathartic with my excitement)???…Well, I’ve always made it a point that I will always actively write on this blog whenever I had some exciting upcoming adventure in store for my little life–and indeed, I do!!… Continue reading “And So The Real World Begins…”

El Norte (Día #3): Bilbao, and San Sebastián…

Even though we started off with a brief stop in Getxo, Bilbao was the real first stop of our day…

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The capital of the province of Vizcaya in the autonomous community of País Vasco (Basque Country), Bilbao is known for many things: excellent gastronomy, world-class shopping, and, obviously, this:

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…The Guggenheim!!… Continue reading “El Norte (Día #3): Bilbao, and San Sebastián…”

El Norte (Día #1): León and Oviedo…

O.K., I’m a little late on the uptake with this, but give me a break–I’ve been in the middle of Midterm Hell!!…But now, dearies, I’ve finally got time to brief you in on our 2nd official excursion (al Norte)…

First, we went to León, where the first stop was La Catedral y Basílica de San Isidoro (The Cathedral and Basillica of Saint Isidoro)…Constructed between the 11th and 12th centuries, this place is one of the most renowned sites of Romanic arquitecture in Spain…Seated on the former site of a Roman temple, this church was once dedicated to San Pelayo, but when the remains of San Isidoro (a bishop of Sevilla) were brought here, they rededicated the place in his honor…Also, its Panteón de los reyes de León (Pantheon of the Kings of Leon [no, not the awesome band])  is what is often called “The Sistine Chapel of Romanic Art”–the name pretty much speaks for itself…It’s here where kings and queens of León (the province we’re in, which was part of the independent reino of León before Spain’s unification in 1492) are laid to rest…Fun story: During the Napoleonic Invasion at the beginning of the 19th century, the French troops came here, emptied out all the tombs, and used them for drinking troughs for their horses–Yeah I know–MAJOR disrespect…I mean, we know who’s buried here, but now we don’t know who is buried where…

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…Lovely fountain

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…A sculptural representation of Christ’s Descension, the Three Marys at the Tomb, and Christ’s Ascension…
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…The inside–A lot prettier than other Romanic churches I’ve visited…

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…O.K., technically we weren’t allowed to take pictures of the Panteón–But that’s what the Internet’s for!!!!…

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¡Vamos!–Al Norte (Headin’ Oop North)…

O.K., folks, time for Official Excursion #2…In case you couldn’t tell by the title, I’m headed to el norte de España!!!!…

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That’s right–a hotbed of beautiful coastline, landscape that resembles the British Isles, and deliciosos mariscos (delicious seafood)!!!!…

Only this time, it’s gonna be a little bit crazier (Read: 8 cities in 4 days)…

So here’s a little bit of a preview of what I have to look forward to this weekend…

Day #1–León & Oviedo

First stop’s León, where we’ll head to La Casa de los Botines (some place Gaudí planned–no big deal), the Catedral y Basílica de San Isidro, and this beauty right here:

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La Catedral de LeónContinue reading “¡Vamos!–Al Norte (Headin’ Oop North)…”