Archive for February, 2006
It's also gorgeous at night. I need to find a stand so I can take better pictures. I manage to blur them all with the longer exposure times.
Here you see the northern lights of Spain...or I was breathing and taking pictures at the same time...oops. Below is the Calle Compañia.
Anyway, I should get to go to Toledo next Sunday. Tomorrow I'm traveling with a friend (Alexia from Greece) to visit Segovia. Yay Roman Aqueduct!
Today I visited Alba de Tormes with a few friends. It's a small town not far from Salamanca (20 km). It was the final resting place of Santa Teresa de Jesus. The priest there told us a lot about the history, and they have a small museum. This museum includes on display Santa Teresa's left arm and heart (yes really) on display in some very ornate glass and gold cases. Kinda scary. The rest of her is in an ornate sepulcre. He said that the last nun to inspect her body and place it in it's current spot wrote in the documentation of how the body was entirely intact and preserved. Here's the view from the city. It's situated on a hill. The countryside is pretty.
So yesterday I had dinner with my Adsis people. Had some type of meat that was very rich. It was good. As I was half way through I asked what it was, and it turns out I was eating tongue. It's probably a good thing I didn't know that first. Also tried the Calimocho. It's the most popular drink here (not Sangria). It's just a cheap red wine mixed with Coke. Doesn't sound good. It's not terrible, but I still wouldn't suggest it.
Tomorrow I travel to Toledo with a student group of extranjeros from the University. I'm excited. Will put up pictures when I get back.
Warning to the unfortunate who lack a sense of humor and those with sensitive eyes. You will find some anagrams offensive and tasteless (in your opinion). Be forewarned. kthxbye!
edit: [Thanks to Ben for some of the anagram ideas. | Now on Bostonist and Boing Boing!]
Even so they have available only one little jar of peanut butter. Not even a full size jar, and absolutely no selection (Captain Mani imported from the US), although it has many different brands of chocolate spread. (Ingredients you ask? sugar...and then pig fat...mmmm...good)
Also, convinced my Erasmus friends to go Bowling. I found an alley here, and was surprised. It has 6 lanes, and the balls, silly screen animations, and everything is definitely imported from the US. It was a good time. Jochen had bowled a little before, but the other two hadn't. It was hilarious. Trying to explain to them that the balls are marked based on pounds which are roughly half a kilogram was nearly impossible....silly history students. :)
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Today’s link: Unphotographable
Too often one sees something worth recording – some image, some snapshot of humanity, something too wonderful to describe – but there’s no camera on hand to capture that moment. This guy captures potential photographs with his words, rather than presenting a visual image.
So, I just released two new Wordpress plugins. Both were originally designed as extensions for alwaysBETA and cleaned up for public release. You can read my initial post about them on alwaysBETA. They are:
SparkStats - This plugin generates small sparkline graphs representing the posting and commenting activity on your Wordpress blog over a certain number of days. Nice, pretty statistics to spice up your blog and provide some sense of what’s been going on. I’m working on generalizing it to also display by week or month for blogs with less activity.
Extended Tags - This is a very simple tagging plugin. It is intended to be used alongside a more fully-featured tagging plugin to provide more specific metadata for your posts that you don’t necessarily want polluting your taglist. (i.e. tags like “web” belong in your cloud while “foobar 2000 bugs” might go in the extended tags.) These tags can then be hidden with styles so that they are just picked up by aggregators like Technorati.
That’s about all. I’m gradually building up tools and ideas to incorporate into an eventual publically-released Wordpress theme. It’ll be cool, I promise.
On the up side, found a new intenet cafe that's much much closer, a little cheaper, let's me use my laptop, and doesn't have smoking. Except that I'm still paying, it's almost a Godsend.
So that this is not an entirely wasted post, I will leave you with this slightly amusing tidbit. I happened to be bored a few days ago. After looking at my reflection in our sugar bowl, I wondered if I could distort a picture similarly in photoshop. Well, not exactly....
Here's me:and here's Tal...I mean me...distorted...
As I found out, there’s more to Salamanca ’s tradition of selling sandwiches for Burundi . For the adolescents it’s tradition to buy the sandwiches, along with a liter (of beer, wine or whatever) and go to park. The park is huge, and they go in mass. The age here for buying alcohol is 16, and it makes for a scene very different from that found in the US . A few of us went just to see the scene. We did a decent amount of walking, and unfortunately it happened to be the windiest day yet.
After this we went to another house, this one actually in Salamanca . It’s the same community of people, just one more house. Here I met also a student from Italy who is finishing up his semester here. He, like I, came here to study and just ended up becoming part of the group. I really enjoyed talking with him, and he lives not far away. We were invited, or rather, forced into having dinner with all of them. Listening and talking with them over dinner, was definitely the most enjoyable time I’ve spent thus far in Spain . It was also good to be with ‘real’ people. At school there are students, and at church there are elderly people. Here there was a spectrum and children. Sometimes I miss seeing children. They also asked me a lot of questions about my home and the US . It felt good to talk about my home, and sharing it with someone made me not miss it so much. I’ll have to try to catch up on some reading tomorrow, but it was undeniably a day well spent.
Anyway, here's the entrance to the cemetary.
Well I’ve started volunteering. Thus far I don’t do a whole lot, but once a week I’m helping a Moroccan girl with her English. She came here a few years ago not knowing Spanish, and hence, couldn’t take part in the Spanish education system. Now she’s working on completing equivalency tests, so she can continue to study if not at a university, then at least at a trade school or the like. Needless to say, this helps me equally much with my Spanish, so it hardly counts as volunteering.
Mostly I’ve just been going to class, and exploring the city. My house is a 15 minute walk from the school, and I make that trip 2-3 times a day. I probably average 7-8 miles a day. Some are less when I need to take care of classes and work, and some are much, much more. I think my body is getting used to it. My calves are in a constant state of rock hardness, and the skin on my feet is thick like none other. Lovely, I know. Guess that’s all for now. Hopefully my life will be filled with exciting things to write about in the near future.