Monthly Archives: May 2012

Almost back

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Exams are over and things will go back to normal tomorrow as long as I get a decent night’s sleep. In the meantime, you can check out Don’t Trust the B… in Apartment 23.  It’s fun(ish) plus it’s got Krysten Ritter in it, she used to be on Gilmore Girls, and while I know most people don’t find this as exciting as I do, she is a good actress. Now off to eight straight hours of sleep, at last.

Exams and revenge

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I did my Swedish written exam today, now it is just the oral and my Italian exam left, plus preparing the exams for my students. This week will never be over. Which is why I treated myself to Revenge’s finale. I just have one word: awesome. I really indulged myself, and now it’s back to work. Hopefully one of these days I’ll get my life back.

Coffee shops

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I’m a huge procrastinator so having exams this week means that I am sleep deprived and the only solution I have is coffee. Unfortunately in Spain we don’t have the coffee shops that Anglo-Saxon countries have and which I love so much, except for Starbucks, of course, but as much as I like it, it is super expensive. I’m not saying the coffee in these places is particuarly good but it has caffeine and more importantly they have it to go, which is a foreign concept for Spanish bars. Either way, In the morning I don’t usually have time to make coffee so it would be great to have a place right around the corner  where I can grab a cup as I’m heading for the subway. And in this train of though I started thinking about the lovely place that was just around the corner of my house the year that I lived in Belfast. Only 80 cents or so for a coffee. I really miss those days.

But if there is a coffee place I miss it’s Tim Hortons. It is cheap and it has timbits, if I could have one of those here in Spain my life would be complete. Bottom line of the post is I’m really tired and I need to move to a place with decent coffee shops.

Eurovision Part 2

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Yesterday turned out to be better than I expected. As you know I had a birthday dinner thta was going to prevent me from watching Eurovision live but it turned out that half the people at dinner also wanted to watch it so when the dinner was finished and the voting started we headed to the other room and watched the summary and the voting. I had no hopes for Spain so I decided to support Greece because their song seemed nice. Ironically enough, they did worse than Spain proving my theory that I jinx every country I support. Either way Spain finished in 10th place which is much better than we did in the last few years so it is an improvement. I think Sweden got a well-deserved victory, specially taking into account that Russia’s old ladies came in second. Besides I do love Sweden so I’m happy with the results.

Source: David Mdzinarishvili / REUTERS

P.S. Now Sweden may have won the Eurovison contest but that won’t keep my Swedish teacher from giving us our exam this week so I’m busy studying for that, once that is over I will, hopefully, go back to reading everybody’s blogs. My reader tells me I have like 20 new posts to read every time I log in and I hate not having time to read them but this exam is important so I hope you will all forgive me 🙂

Eurovision

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If you are reading me beyond European borders you might not know what Eurovision is. Well, it is the most awesome contest ever invented. It is fun, ridiculous, crazy, competitive and hilarious. Basically it is a singing contest in which each European country competes with a singer or band and then the countries vote. Simple. And yet so great. The bands and singers have tendency to wear weird costumes or have strange performances because here nobody cares how you sing (or not much anyway), what matters is if I you can remember them after 24 performances. In case you are curious, Spain has won twice but I wasn’t born back then so I have never seen Spain win, nor do I think I will. As much as I would love to see Spain on top just once our performers suck, they are usually too serious about their performance, meaning, not Eurovision material. However, like in everything, this is all about politics or more like immigrants. You can not vote for the country you are living in. That is, if I’m in Spain I can not vote for Spain, so immigrants are the main source of votes. Spain doesn’t have many immigrants (although that is changing now so we might be surprised this year) which means the only countries that vote for us are France, Portugal and Andorra. Pretty sad. Either way, I have accepted this and now I just choose another country to root for and I think I have a strange ability to jinx them because those usually loose too.

Whoever wins or loses, however fairly or unfairly the votes are cast and whomever is the best or the worst, what is for sure is that this is fun and the voting process quite exciting. Now comes the tragedy of my life: this year I accepted a birthday invitation for tonight. I can’t back out now because it’s a good friend but I hate myself so much for not realizing this was the same day as Eurovision. I will have to watch it later but it will not be the same as live.  For those of you living in Europe and with no plans for tonight, I’m jealous. And also, I leave you the video for Spain’s performance, in case you are feeling like voting for us although if you don’t I won’t blame you (this is beyond terrible).

One Day

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I was going though Youtube yesterday when I came across this video from One Day (don’t watch it if you plan on watching the movie) and I remembered what a nice book it was. It is the story of Dexter and Emma. The books presents us with what happens on the same day of each year. How they grow up from their early twenties into their thirties and how their life changes throughout these years. The story is simple with a fresh presentation. I like the characters too, particularly Emma because, well, she reminds me a bit of myself . Because the story is mostly just about them the writer takes his time to explore their feelings and gives them depth, and that might be why he manages to make the story so appealing.

The film wasn’t as good as the book, particularly because of Anne Hathaway’s British accent, but also because the format of the book doesn’t work as well in the big screen. But back to Anne Hathaway, I just wonder: are there no British actresses? Really, I’m sure they could have found someone more suited for this role. It’s not that I don’t like her, because I do, I just don’t think she was right for this movie.  Jim Sturgess is there to save the day, though. He does a great job and, besides I could watch almost anything with him on it. Anyway, the movie is snice and I do love the scene from the video.

Notebooks

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I have a crazy obsession with notebooks. I love them in all shape of form. Every time I see a pretty stationary’s shop I have to go in and I usually go out with a notebook and, more often than not, a few other things because it is not just the notebooks I like but they certainly are what I love the most. I particularly love buying them when I’m abroad because it is a nice memory to have from a place.

Now you might probably think this is a harmless obsession, after all, notebooks are not expensive. And that is true. The problem with me is that the notebooks are so pretty that I only want to use them to write special things. Unfortunately, nothing I have to write ever seems special enough so all these notebooks remain unused throughout the years. The funny thing is that when I actually end up writing a story or something like that I always do it on loose pieces of paper that are kept in ugly folders. I realize how stupid this is which is why I decided to put a stop to this. This summer I’m planning on using these ones to write some stories. The one with the flower has been of my shelve for seven years so I think I will be starting with that one.