Post-Dialogue Funk

I gave the blog a rest for about a week to really separate myself from the trip, and to focus on my post-dialogue Euro-trip travels.  However, the dialogue still hasn’t escaped my mind.  I miss my friends, I actually (yes actually) miss the homework/reporting, and I miss Spain overall!  My travels have been absolutely incredible but, as Carlene would put it, “I am like a dog with a bone” I just can’t let it go.  But I refuse to sit here and be a Debbie Downer,  here are a few updates from my current travels.

From Madrid I took a train to Barcelona, then flew to Prague, I then took the train again to Berlin, and again to Amsterdam.

Hello from the Netherlands everyone!

Currently, I am sitting at a stool in the restaurant/pub of my hostel (the St. Christopher’s Inn **it’s awesome here!).  You really do meet such interesting people abroad.  In the past 3 days I have met 3 people in 3 different groups in 3 different cities that are all in my sorority at several universities in the U.S., such a small world.

Anyway….

Barcelona was incredible!  I was only in the city for about a day and a half but in that day I believe I soaked up enough sun for a lifetime.   My friend Will and I stayed in an apartment just a few streets down from La Rambla, one of the most famous streets in all of Barca.  We shopped, beached and ate!  We found a beautiful beach restaurant on the sand and that pretty much accounted for 75% of our time.

Barcelona Beach

Barcelona Beach

Backpacking through Europe! Stop 1: Barcelona

Backpacking through Europe! Stop 1: Barcelona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next on the list…Prague! or Praha!? or perhaps Praga!? Still so confused.

Prague was amazing also.  We went on a free walking tour of the city and saw everything!  The old city, the new city, the churches the astronomical clock, the old Jewish Quarter…it was so much fun.  We also went on a beer tour in the city where the alcoholic beverage was founded.  It was an educational tour on the process of brewing, and it taught the group the differences of all types of beer.

Pregnant woman sculpture

Pregnant woman sculpture

Sweet sugar bread.  Prague's famous desert

Sweet sugar bread. Prague’s famous desert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch on the canal!

Lunch on the canal!

Olive bar in flea market

Olive bar in flea market

Making the sugar bread!

Making the sugar bread

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Prague we visited Berlin.  Such a unique city.  It’s beautiful in a raw, industrial sort of way.  We went to the East Berlin Wall Gallery which was filled with beautiful graffiti.  We ate the local fare and had currywurst, schnitzel, Becks German Beer, and bratwurst.  On our second day we went to visit Sachsenhausen  former German concentration camp, it was incredibly moving and so interesting.

The last bit of traveling already endured was Berlin to Amsterdam, and let me tell you if what happened to us doesn’t define a perfectly bizarre Eurotrip, I’m not sure what does. Will and I decided to take an overnight train from Germany to Holland with one transfer in between.  At 12:30am we were to get off of our starting train and switch over to another before its departure at 1245am.  And so, we attempted to do so.  We got off our train at 1228am and switched to the proper platform #3 at 1234am. We waited…and waited…and waited, all to no prevail, nothing came.  1am rolls around and the only other person on the platform, an older woman, approaches us to ask if we knew what was going on.  Of course we didn’t.  We’re are all standing around confused when a train staff member walks by.  The German woman approaches him.  Apparently the train came and went at a different platform and didn’t notify the station as to what was happening.  This would happen.

But all of a sudden a small miracle happened. The man who worked at the station was driving a small cargo car to another station 45 minutes away where the train to Amsterdam was scheduled to make a pit stop. Before we knew it, at 115am  the man offered to give the three of us a ride.  #What!?  And better yet, we caught the train!  I don’t know how, or why this happened but I’m not questioning it, I got to ride in the drivers compartment of a cargo train, and now I am in Amsterdam. hahaha Funny how things happen.

Today we walked around exploring the city, and…..I got my nose pierced!  It was a spur of the moment decision and I am pretty much running off of 2 hours of sleep but I love it.  After that we went to the Heineken Experience and got a tour of the factory, we also went on a canal ride which was packed, but also a lot of fun.

Nose Ring!

Nose Ring!

Old label

Old label

Horse Power at the Heineken brewery

Horse Power at the Heineken brewery

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The most depressing all-nighter ever

…saying goodbye sucks. Pardon my French.

As I sit here, in the train station (3.5 hours before my train actually leaves) I am getting teary eyed.  Today marks the day of an end to another amazing chapter in my life.  This is the only time I have ever studied abroad since arriving at college, and it is probably the last study abroad I will have ever participated in.

Its cliche and weird to say, but I have truly made friends that will last a lifetime on this trip.  When you go from hanging out with people everyday-basically all day- to not seeing them at all, the transition is rather depressing.  I hate crying at goodbyes because it generally means that you won’t see the other person for a while, and so I refused to let tears go.  Instead I went to bed, over slept my alarm and STILL got here almost 4 hours early.  Anyway, my point being, that although this chapter may be closing, I am not even near beginning to give up the relationships I built while here in Spain.  Ya can’t get rid of me, amigos!  See you in the states. Also, have a safe flight and eat some bomb food for me when you get back.  I, myself, am sitting here having an amazing cafe con leche y jamon y queso sandwich.

Because I have some time to kill, I figured I would make use of my spare moments to reminisce on the groups many inside jokes and fond memories.  Many of you who read this blog may not understand, but this is mostly for me…and them. Thank you to all my amazing friends here in Spain that truly made this experience one I will always remember.  And…….thank you to Carlene for allowing me the opportunity to join in on this trip despite not having much journalistic experience.  I now have a portfolio that is truly worth being proud of, and some of the articles I have been fortunate enough to write have effected me in ways I didn’t know possible.

Anyway…

Here it goes:

-Quieres Ir?

-Hola!  Es una persona en tu oficina hablo ingles?  “Hi! Is there a person in your office I speak English?”

-reformation

-hot dogs anyone?

-rolling in the deep

-#uglyselfie

-Ph.C D

-Soup Sandwich

-maybe she will, but then again maybe she won’t

-flick it

-19e Telepizza

-Is Danielle here?

-more chicken fingers with bbq sauce than I could ever count

-spirit animals

-Estas como un queso?

-When I was a young jew girl..

-“Perdon?”…”Ugh I hate the way you say that word”

-JuicyAve. Bagels

-“like omg this place is totally sketchball central”

-Cualllll?

-ugh Joseph Godron Levitt in Camelot

Ok, I am too tired of thinking, there are way to many inside jokes to count.

In the words of Ian,

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And from me…

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Pro-Referendum

So, ever since I pitched my third story on the king abdicating his throne I feel like I’ve been caught in many (only 2) protests regarding a referendum to vote on whether a constitutional monarchy should still exist.

I feel like I should preface right now that I actually had no clue what I wanted to say about the abdication or how I felt about it.  I didn’t know anything about well, anything.  But the best way to learn is to do and so I joined along in the protest.  Through interviewing people on what their thoughts were I learned that not everyone that is pro-referendum is anti-monarchy.  A lot of the people protesting were simply voicing the fact that they want a true democracy.  I feel like that’s pretty reasonable, right?

Anyway I think I’m just going with it right now and writing a piece on generally what is happening and the various views that Spanish citizens have on the matter.  Of course I am going to sprinkle a few expert opinions in there but I think over all its just interesting to hear what the people want and what they have to say.

My pictures aren’t cooperatingimages-1 right now so once I get them to work, I’ll post them!

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Almost Famous

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Today we went to visit a famous TV and Radio station in Spain. AKA home to the sound stage for the equivalent of E! News or TMZ in Espana, called CZN. Check me out!

Watch out Giuliana….

 

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Ya heard me.

 

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Working on Growing Thicker Skin

So, my article went up yesterday and I don’t mean to sound conceded but I thought it was pretty dang good. Am I right, or am I right?  It was a truthful depiction of what is going on in Spain currently in regards to anti-Semitism and its so utterly shocking that these things still happen today. Not only in Spain but all over the EU, and moreover all over the world anti-Semitic feelings being harbored are at a large percentage. I stand behind everything I said.

Without getting into too much detail, I received a comment from a source unhappy with the way his quote was portrayed.  This type of stuff happens all the time to journalists but not being a journalist, I was totally caught off guard.  I became paralyzed, unable to work on anything until I spoke with my editor, Carlene and her husband Geoff.  What was I going to do?  His quote was 100% authentic but he simply did not like how it was placed and was upset that I didn’t use any other of his quotes.  But as Geoff put it to him, “That’s really the difference between your being a quoted source and your writing a piece yourself.”

This source did not stop there, he continued to critique my piece and became hysterical.  It began to sound like he didn’t even read my article in its entirety and accused me of making comments or connections that I absolutely did not.  I spoke with Carlene earlier this evening and she assured me that I was not in the wrong.  The quote was 100% correct and no incorrect accusations were made.

Anyway, what ended up happening was we softened the graph in which he was introduced and kept the quote.  As Caroline put it, “the power of the pen is mightier than the sword.”  You shouldn’t say anything on the record that you don’t want published.

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Article #2 is up!

http://northeasternuniversityjournalism2014.wordpress.com/2014/06/05/anti-jewish-sentiment-is-growing-in-madrid/

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Smiles All Around

First thing today I went back to the synagogue to get some final quotes.  I then went over to the Royal Palace to see if there was any commotion going on there for the kings abdication.  Nothing.  But that was cool, I ended up soaking in some rays in the Royal ‘garden’ and saw a bunch of horses getting ready for the monthly military parade.

I then headed over to our visit today which was so much fun!  We went to Prisa Radio and were given a tour of the different studios within station.  We saw top 40, news, and more and we got to sit in on a talk show with a host who is apparently pretty famous in Spain.  The top 40 part was my favorite, the girl running the session was awesome..I actually want to be her.  She makes playlists, writes a blog and gets to talk on the radio from time to time, if that was my career I’d be pretty content.

After getting a quick bit to eat I went back to IH (our school) and got the rest of my anti-Semitism article edited.

Overall ending today on a good note! Tomorrow, article #3…

Oh and I got my Eurorail pass today WOOOOOOOOO backpacking Europe here I come!

 

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REWRITE

Today I had to rewrite aka rework my second article…

Story of My Life Right Now

Story of My Life Right Now

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The hospital, the senate and a protest…all in a NEUJournalism student day’s work

A late blog post about my day yesterday.

7:00am: remember the self diagnosed sprained rib I have?  I woke up unable to breathe as my side was in searing pain.  Here I am thinking “why god, why!? My article is supposed to get edited today, we’re going to the senate in the afternoon, I still need to pitch a third story because I ditched the Catalonia one and on top of all this I know am thinking I have pancreatic, spleen or kidney caner *yes, I sound like a drama queen, I’m aware.*

I hastily got out of bed, jumped in the shower and swore that I was going to hale a cab right then and there to hitch a ride to the closest hospital.  Talk about an over reaction.

7:30am: I talk myself down and reason that if I can make it to class I will ask Carlene if I can go later in the evening so that I have time to edit.

7:45am: I can’t sleep.  Caner?  Is my spleen about to rupture? Do I have a hernia? What is a hernia?

8:00am: Dah nuhnuhnuh nuh nuh nuhnuhnuhhhh (or something to that effect)

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11am: Rise and Shine

12pm: Off to class

1pm: Carlene sends me a Dylan, the TA, to the hospital *thanks Dylan!!!*…she told me I wouldn’t be able to have a clear head in order to edit if I didn’t have peace of mind.  She was right.

3:30pm: After a trying afternoon in the Spanish ER, crying on the phone to Arturo our Spanish guide and two X-Rays later, turns out I could totally be a doctor (Actually Gina could totally be a doctor, she told me so), I had a sprained rib. Phewf. You can also see some heart shaped air in my stomach, that has to be a good sign.

Making light of the situation #selfie

Making light of the situation #selfie

...It's a bird, it's a plane, it's heart shaped gas

…It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s heart shaped gas

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Mi Estomago

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4:00pm Made it back in time for the senate, aka one of the coolest places, but the tour was a bit subpar.I also pitched my third story, I decided I want to write about the King of Spain Juan Carlos’ abdication of the throne for his son Prince Felipe, and the controversy around the Spanish Monarchy that brought about a desire for a referendum.

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6:00pm Home Sweet Home!!!!! I ate dinner, Skyped with my dad, and just wanted to take one of the pain killers the doctor gave me and go to bed.

8:00pm I’m hanging around the apartment when I get a phone call from a classmate of mine, Maria, telling me that there is a huge protest going on in Sol (an area of Madrid) about the abdication of the King.  As any journalist would, I ran to my room, changed out of my baby pink lamb pajama pants and ran over to the scene with a Amanda, my roommate.

8:30pm It was crazy!  Thousands of Spaniards flooded the streets protesting for the right to a referendum, a right to vote and choose whether or not the constitutional monarchy should remain. I got great interviews and decided that all I really need are two experts to complete my piece.  Finally the odds are in my favor, it feels like this story is falling into place.photo 4-1 photo

11pm Finally home. For good this time.  Too exhausted to think, I fell asleep in the clothes I wore to the protest.

 

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