Sunday, September 17, 2006

america goddamit

mood: stlightly tipsy
soundtrack: Clementine/Stephanie Pompougnac - Morenito (bossa mix)

it's been a week of continuous boozing. i've gone to classes but outside of that i've been drunk every other night. it's cool, but i feel i'm getting enough of this place. these american parties with 18-year old college girls running around are really getting on my nerves. it was fun for two years, but now i feel like i should move on. i'm figuring out that after two years in one place i get bored with it and it doesn't excite me anymore. well, i'll be off to france in the winter which is sort of exciting. i just feel generally down and lazy at this point. guess i should just smoke my evening cigarette and head to bed, cus i'm tired and there's so much fucking work to be done...

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

back in u.s, back in u.s.

mood: school again
soundtrack: Erlend Oye - Symptom of Disease

rest of spain
so, i'm back in vermont. the rest of the trip went well, in malaga we met a canadian dude and two superhot german ladies with whom we had amazing time. after that we left for sevilla. the town looked beautiful but after a long trip from malaga we were too exhausted to enjoy it. part of the reason was the fact that we stopped by gibraltar on the way there which was an impressive experience. it's a very small territory with a huge rock in the middle of it surrended by the houses. most of the workers down there are spanish but nevertheless the place has an english feel to it with the pubs, architecture and the accent people speak with. a very curious detail there is the airport. the runaway crosses the main street of the town. so during plane take-offs and landings they just put on the red light and let the plane land. never seen that anywhere else but it's definitely worth a look :)
coming back to sevilla. as we dropped off our car we took a taxi down to the bust station. i was wearing those goddamn shorts with shitty pockets. as we were going out of the car,my cardholder which had all my credit cards in it just fell out and the taxi drove off with it. since it was 30 minutes before the bus, 11 taxi companies in town and because our non-existing spanish skill we decided to move on. i lost all my credit cards and the insurance card. thank god i was with eirik who lent me some money. also, i had some u.s. dollars in the other wallet which was in my bag. thus i survived fine and made it to the states no problem.

portugal
absolutely goregous place judging by lisbon. we spent an amazing day in this stylish city at the far end of the iberian peninsula. even though one could hear plenty of foreigners it was far less tourist oriented than spain. hence as opposed to spain, the portugal experience was less commercial. the people are very welcoming and warm but they seem to be much more sincere than the spaniards.
we stayed with a family of vani's portuguese friend. these people were amazing. they gave us hints where to go in town and cooked an amazing dinner in the evening! the dish was called bacalaou - it's a mix of potatoes, onions and codfish baked in the oven. we had that along with some fine portuguese wine. then tried some porto which turned out is much more consumer outside of portugal.
after dinner i stood talking to ana's sister maria who works as a consultant for mckinsey. she had some interesting stories to tell and even though one could see many of them as discouraing from the corporate life, i still want to do it :)

arrival in the states
very brief. met with george in jfk. got wasted before the plane. got my eau de toilette taken away at the security check. slept through the flight. lost my luggage on the way.
three days later it appeared that luisa had taken my backpack by mistake. out of all people, her! sometimes i get a feeling that it's a neverending story. but now it seems ok, i hasn't bumped into her in a while and have no desire to do so. i seem to be getting over her but for some reason i cannot care less about her at this point. we'll see where it'll take us.
wow! that turned out to be a long post, but oh well...more details about the start of the school year later!

Monday, September 04, 2006

viva la spana, joder!

mood: best
soundtrack: some radio in the internet cafe (brian adams?)

we´ve been travellin for 5 days by now. the first day in madrid wasn´t that special except for meeting a nepali guy in an indian restaurant who kept on asking whether it´s possible to stay illegally in the northern europe. and then the next day got slightly fucked over by a cab driver of moldavian origin. he seemed trustworthy and spoke russian but at the end of the day we figured out that we did pay too much. oh well.
that same day we set off for alicante where we stayed in a hostel which essentially was a re-made old spanish house. we´ve met a canadian girl sarah who studied there as an exchange student several years ago. hence she immediately became our guide and the local connection. beers, tapas, beaches etc was all part of the game. we didn´t manage to do much sightseeing but we had good time anyways. on our last day there we´ve met an irish girl who went to the beach with us but she was nothing special.
yesterday we have arrived in andalucia. at the moment we are in granada. this place is absolutely gorgeous. the interplay of the location and history of this place make it unbelievably amazing. it´s a pity i don´t have my camera on me, although then i would have to upload my pictures ten times a day.
another pecularity of the region is the female beauty. i have never seen so many good looking girls gathered in one place. it´s a pity they don´t speak that much english!
anyhow, i´m having a great time and don´t want to go back to middlebury, mwahaha!