5.29.2008

A few small differences between Spain and Home

Some observations over the past few weeks:

  • Late sunset. It's still light outside until about 9:30 p.m. This is a total phenomemon to me, especially since it didn't occur in Italy. Just Spain.
  • In most places, restaurants do not serve dinner until at least 9 p.m. This caused particular issue one day in Avila when we were starving by 7. Luckily, the pastelerias were open until 9.
  • Outside of the city, people somehow sense you are an outsider. They will stare at you. If you smile at them, they will rarely smile back. They keep looking until you're gone.
  • In many of the little pueblos we passed through, we noticed that in the early evenings the older folk take their canes or long umbrellas and walk arm-in-arm for several miles.
  • Upon entering a little shop, the person working will walk towards you and follow you as you browse through the items, not saying a word.
  • In bars, it seems customary to throw trash on the floors below the counter. Everywhere we went the floor was littered with food, napkins, and cigarette butts. Occasionally, I noticed signs begging customers not to throw things on the piso.
  • The flavors of juice that I found in the gas station convenience stores: Wild Fruit Seduction, Apple Temptation, Lemon Obsession. Very tantalizing juice.
  • In restaurants, you pay extra to eat outside.
  • Spaniards are obsessed with ham. They incorporate it into everything. There is a chain of restaurants called 'Museo de jamon' and they are popular.
  • Additionally, they are obsessed with carne in general. It is often impossible to find a menu with anything except meat dishes, and they do not count pollo as meat. I am still uncertain as to how the Spanish meet the food pyramid recs.
  • Sheep and bulls. Everywhere. Bull crossing signs on the highways. The signs show bulls with big, menacing horns. You do not want to mess with a Spanish Bull.
  • Things in Europe are expensive- this goes for electricity as well. All the places we've stayed have had motion-detector lights in the hallways that stay on for about 10 seconds at a time. Some of the rooms have required the key card to be in a special slot for the lights and other electrical things to work.
  • Mullets.

Stay tuned for my notes from Italy.

5.10.2008

This Summer

In random order, I'll be missing:

  • dry air
  • the mountains
  • smith's
  • el novio
  • independence
  • biking everywhere
  • mexicans
  • roommates
  • quality restaurants (el gallo giro, gloria's, bombay, etc)
  • a whole lot more

(I have only positive feelings for provo...who'd ever've thought it'd feel like home?)

Meanwhile, this summer I'll be enjoying:

  • thunderstorms
  • brothers
  • traveling the world
  • taking classes online
  • my mom's debit card
  • driving the corolla, minivan, and audi
  • learning valuable golf skills from my dad
  • matt's graduation & senior prom
  • george's piano recital & 8th grade formal
  • earning $$ in various, self-employed ways
  • 11 a.m. church
  • playing the organ
  • my fave little kids
  • sleeping in my happy yellow room all by myself in the world's best bed
  • roadtripping to visit el novio
  • puerto ricans?
  • rita's italian ice

Oh boy!

5.01.2008

Mint Brownies Anyone?

I have decided that I absolutely adore temporary jobs.
  • They are fantastic for people with short attention spans (moi, for instance) who get bored with a job rather quickly.
  • It's fun to make friends with the other people right away, knowing that if you don't like them after two more days you'll never see them again.
  • Plus, it's a great way to earn some quick cash and I have never been paid so much in my life (excluding the $20/hour piano lessons...miss those days).
In any event, I highly recommend it.

Working at Women's Conference is an interesting time. Every hour or so, the concession stand becomes busy for about 20 minutes as the womenfolk line up to get their BYU brownies in between sessions. Plus, diet cokes (I had to reassure that they were indeed CAFFEINE FREE about 20 times) and chicken salad croissants- those seem to be the popular women foods. During the sessions, however, it's free time. I just chill in the Marriott Center and sample the various vendings- gratis.
Hello $9.50/hour- Bring it on BYU!