Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
2 lbs fresh tomatoes
1 or 2 cloves of garlic
3 slices of bread (old and dry is fine)
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
salt to taste
red wine vinegar (opt)
Blend using in food processor, blender or hand blender until mixture reaches an even consistency similar to a thick soup. Serve in a bowl topped with diced hard boiled egg diced bacon. Slice up a loaf of French bread and enjoy the dip.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
As we walked through Cordoba's central plaza we came across a group of people protesting "la crisis financiera". I am not sure what the public reaction or perception of the financial crisis in the States, but it is interesting to see the response to it here. I made my way through the gathering crowd and tried to get a copy of the pamphlets they were passing out, but they didn't have any more. Sigh. It was my first Spanish protest that I have been part of!
Check out my photos of my weekend at:
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
I have been getting my money’s worth out of my bicycle (my Sekai 2400) that I brought over. We had no class the Monday following All Saints’ Day, and I spent some of that time on by bike exploring the network of roads that zig zag through the nearby hills. The riding is great if you enjoy climbing steep twisty grades and later rewarding yourself by flying down the narrow winding blacktop. Watch out for cars!
The last week of October was a fun one at school since we did Halloween related activities during most of the English classes. The highlight of the week – at least for me – was the Jack O’Lantern that I carved. The kids really got a kick out of it when we would lower the binds, switch off the lights and light the candle. It was the first time most had seen a glowing pumpkin with a face. Little kids’ expressions and reactions are the best!
Several weeks back I went to Madrid with the other English assistant at my school. We took in a few of the “must see” museums like el Museo del Prado and Reina Sofia. It was cool to see some of the famous paintings especially of Piccasso and Goya. Madrid has no shortage of historic plazas and palaces of which we saw a few. Of course, I had to go to the botanical garden there as well. They had quite a mix of flora there – I’m not really sure how they get such diversity of plants and trees to grow in that single environment. Included in the collection were such exotic species as red pine and sugar maple.
Friday, October 17, 2008
I just now broke down and decided to start a blog. I figure this is a good way for people to keep up on my comings and goings in Spain.
I arrived here in Spain the evening of September 1 and, after a short ride on the Madrid Metro and a five hour bus ride, got to Andújar at midnight. One of the English teachers, Antonio met me there and took me to a hotel. After spending the first few nights in a hotel at 30 Euros per night, I finally found a piso/flat/apartment. Two girls in my program (Maja from Wisconsin and Laura from Belfast) had a decent, centrally located place and were looking for a third roommate.
INTRO TO MY SCHOOL
The first half week was my introduction to my school, Cristo Rey, a combined kindergarten and elementary school. I met a bunch of the teachers and staff and sat in on several of the lower level English classes. There are over 200 kids between kindergarten and elementary levels. Antonio teaches kids aged from 5 to 7 and Lola from 8 to 12. The younger kids have English twice a week and the older three times a week. My class time there will be split evenly between the 200+ kids there. So far the students seem fun and fairly well-behaved. I look forward to getting to know them.