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America is…

July 15, 2012

Red, white, and blue

Baseball games

Hotdogs

Converse All Stars

Rock stars

Hollywood

Starbucks

Pandora

Netflicks

Cost-c0

Student loans

Fast food

Fast forward

Motivated

Hard working

Refined sugars

Apple Pie

Cupcakes

many other things to continue to add to the list, but this is what I thought of off the top of my head.

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Home Sweet Home!

July 15, 2012

Wow, has it been a ride.  I am back home in America, and I feel wonderful! I have a whole new appreciation for my country, a whole new attitude about the way I want to live my life.  I have finally come full circle and can say I’ve accomplished my goal of learning how to enjoy life, and slow down.  It feels amazing to have gone through this experience, to have sought growth, and to have challenged my self in new ways, and feel the positive effects in my life.  I am a more present friend, employee, daughter, and sister.  I can say I got the peace of mind, and the internal confidence I was aiming to obtain.  It has not been an easy ride, there were highs and lows, but it’s all been worth every minute.  It feels so real, and all at the same time, this life feels like a dream. 

More is yet to be revealed. 

Home Sweet Home!

July 15, 2012

Wow, has it been a ride.  I am back home in America, and I feel wonderful! I have a whole new appreciation for my country, a whole new attitude about the way I want to live my life.  I have finally come full circle and can say I’ve accomplished my goal of learning how to enjoy life, and slow down.  It feels amazing to have gone through this experience, to have sought growth, and to have challenged my self in new ways, and feel the positive effects in my life.  I am a more present friend, employee, daughter, and sister.  I can say I got the peace of mind, and the internal confidence I was aiming to obtain.  It has not been an easy ride, there were highs and lows, but it’s all been worth every minute.  It feels so real, and all at the same time, this life feels like a dream. 

More is yet to be revealed. 

Goals

March 26, 2012

Hey,

So I have 2 months left in Spain, and I want to take advantage of my time left here.  Thus far, I have done ALOT of traveling, and I am getting a little burnt out.  haha (can you believe that?!?!) Let me tell ya, traveling really takes it out of you…I just got back from 5 days in Barcelona, and I spent about 5 days recovering from the trip.  However, I do plan on taking one more trip to Italy next week, and I think that will be it for me, as far as my traveling goes.   I want my last trip to Italy to be as relaxing as possible, spend some quality time with my friend Gabe and his family!

Anyway…back to Spain! As for my time left here in Spain, I want to make it a priroty to go to the beach every Saturday, and soak up some sun! I also want to learn to cook some Spanish dishes, buy some great presents for my family, go to feria in Jerez, do some personal/spiritual journaling, meet some people, eat a new tapa/week, spend time with my friends I met here in Spain, go to Ronda (another white village), and work out all the guitar charts for the tunes on my new album!

Cheers till next time,

xxM

March 4, 2012

TED Blog

Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Just a moment ago Sherry Turkle‘s daughter texted her: “Mom, you will rock.” Turkle loved it, she says. “Getting that text was like getting a hug.” Turkle, who has written extensively on the nature of human relations on the internet, who evangelized the internet, who loves receiving that text, is here to tell us that there may be a problem.

In 1996 she gave her first TEDTalk, “Celebrating our life on the internet.” She was excited, as a psychologist, to take what people were learning in the virtual world and apply it to the physical world. It made the cover of WIRED.

Her new book, Alone Together, will not make the cover of WIRED, she is pretty sure. She is still excited about technology, but is deeply worried that we are letting it “take us places we don’t want to go.” She’s interviewed hundreds of people…

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Spanish Food Buying Segment 1

March 1, 2012

I want to do some segments on shopping for food in Spain, because I thought it would be interesting to document the different ways people in Spain buy their food.  I have discovered 4 different types of ways to obtain in season foods while living here in Spain.  First of all, I should let you know that the produce for sale at majority of these vendors are ONLY foods in season.  Only in the past couple weeks have strawberries been for sale, because they don’t grow strawberries in the winter.  Anyway… the first and most accessable way you can buy food is from a large chain grocery store that sells pretty much everything you would need to cook the Spanish cuisine.  One of the most popular chains is called The Mercadona, and it’s also located in the town I live in! The second popular to buy food would be from the local shops designed to specialize in different types of food.  For example, if you want fish, go to the local fish shop, it you want candy, go to the sweet shop where they ONLY sell candy and other sweets.  These shops are dispursed at different locations all throughout the town.  The next way you can obtain speciality food is at a corner store, which is a little grocery store, with a lesser variety than a Mercadona.

The forth way to buy food is from the Municiple Enclosed/Semi-indoor Markets.  This Blog entry will be highlighting this particualar type of Market.  From what I have discovered there are two local municiple markets in my town, one which is located in the center, and the other is located in the old town.  Food markets are different then corner stores, and food shops that you can also buy food from because they are assembled in the morning, and disassembled before siesta, and they are designed in a square shape with stalls of food around the plaza.  It’s AMAZING to me, that they set up there indoor food stalls, and take them down all in the same day, because that must take ALOT of work.  Below are pictures of the different stalls they feature in my Market.

This is a picture of the enterance into the market, it’s very low key…which is why I passed by it for several months before realizing it even exsisted!

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Entering the door way.

 

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The local fruit and veggie stall in the market!

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The fresh meat/butcher stall in the market!

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The variety stall with pasteries, olive oil and other cooking essentials.

 

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The fresh fish stall in the Market..

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Another fruteria! WOW the competition!!

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Another meat stall….

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Hope you can get an idea of this type of market…..I will be featuring the corner store market for the next segment!

arcos itinerary

February 25, 2012

HEY!! Sooo if ANYONE decides to ever visit me in the south of spain I have put together an itinerary for people to hopefully get excited and inspired to visit me in the south of Espana.

US—->Seville, Spain it is best to fly into Seville, which is the closest international airport to where my town in located (about 1 hour north of Arcos de la Frontera)

After arriving in Seville, we could spend 2 days exploring this beautiful city.  Seville is known as “The heart of Spain” and it truly emulates the culture of the South of Spain! In Seville we will go to the Plaza de Espana, which is a beautiful outdoor plaza, with a fountain in the middle, and huge buildings surrounding the edges, which resemble beautiful Spanish Renaissance architecture.  There are other main tourist attractions, such as the Cathedral in Seville that we could take pictures of as well.  I personally think the best part of Seville is walking around the city.  Seville has a circular city center, with very narrow winding allies that have lots of shops and restaurants to explore.  It’s great to just sit at a cafe, eat some tapas, have a drink and enjoy the people watching. After the morning exploration we would go back to the hotel and take a siesta.  After a siesta we could go to a Flamenco Show in the evening, and grab Tapa’s afterward.  Next stop—–> Arcos de la Frontera

There is a direct bus from Seville to Arcos that takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes.  Another option is to rent a car, which is relatively cheap.  During your stay in Arcos, (mom and dad) there’s a perfect hotel located in the city center, that serves breakfast everyday.

Things to see in Arcos:  First stop Old town! First of all Arcos is VERY hilly, and old town is on the highest point of the town with two beautiful churches located at the top.  We can get cookies from the nuns in one of the churches in old town, and we can grab a coffee at a cafe during the day.  It’s simply lovely to see the view from the top of old town looking over the country side, and the white towns below.  Also in the center of the old town during the morning there is a food market, where you can buy meat from the butcher, fish from the seafood stand, fruit from the fruteria, and sweets from the sweet shop.  Makes perfect sence right?  Another cool thing to do is look in the stores that are filled with ceramic dishes, tiles, and souvenirs.  During the evening we have a couple of restaurant options in old town to eat tapas for dinner and have drinks, so I will take you there as well.

The center of Arcos:  The center is a 10 minute walk from my house, and there are cool shoe shops to browse in, and it’s cool to check out the lifestyle of the down town so to speak.    There’s also a good restaurant in the center, and we can grab Tapas from there for lunch!  I will be making sure we are getting a great selection of Tapas while you are in Spain, and don’t worry, it’s REALLY cheap here, and the food is great quality!  (not like in the US)

I can also just give you a tour of my day-to-day lifestyle, show you where my school is, where the grocery store is located, and of course the tour of my house!!! Also, there’s a fabulos dance studio to learn flamenco or salsa, that would be fun to go to as well!

Arcos is a relatively small town, so we gotta visit some other places in Andalusia as well! Would love to bring you to the beach in Cadiz, go to a Bodega in Jerez, and visit Ronda, which is another beautiful white village close to Arcos!  This is an experience of a lifetime….what are you waiting for?!?!!?? Venga, Vamos!

Xxoo,

M.Shay!