Barcelona, Spain: Best Art, Culture & Nightlife

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Art thrives and mosaics flow in the city of famous architect, Gaudi. As seen in the Woody Allen film, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, it is easy to unleash your inner artist and follow your passions in one of the prettiest and laid back cities in Spain.

What to do

Art thrives in Barcelona, and one of the most famous artists from this area is Gaudi. He hated straight lines, so his works are curvy and flowy. He loved to design around St. John’s tale from the New Testament, which includes St. John fighting a dragon and slaying it. After observing a few of his works, it seemed to me that he was just obsessed with dragons, and wanted to add a little more spark to the contemporary art age. Gaudi might be the star of the show in Barcelona, but there is art from many people. Below is what you should do: Continue reading

Andorra La Vella, Andorra: Best road less travelled by

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Andorra is the tiny country between France and Spain in the Pyrenees mountains. I know, I know, most of you are probably thinking “hahaha there is no country between France and Spain! What are you on?!” But I know all the geography majors can back me up. Look at it on a map (break out your binoculars)…

Map of Andorra

Map of Andorra

It might be small, but it is there! As a principality, the country still uses euros as the currency, but does whatever it wants. The official language is Catalan, but most people speak Spanish and learn some French in school.

High season is winter, when avid skiiers and snowboarders flock to the Pyrenees for the slopes.

We went in summer, anxious to see what it was like. After a few Google searches, we knew as much about Andorra as we knew before–not much.

So we hopped on a three hour bus to see the road less travelled by. Continue reading

Photos of Montserrat

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Montserrat is a beautiful mountain overlooking the city of Barcelona. Clean, fresh air, serene isolation, and an altitude reaching to the heavens made this a perfect place for monks to build a monastery. There are walking paths and little markets and two cafeterias for hungry voyagers. Only an hour by train, this is a great afternoon trip from Barcelona. The mountain is so high that you need to take a cable car or a funicular to the first stop, then if you want to go all the way to the tippy top, there is another funicular for $7 more.

The Supremes rule in favor of same-sex marriage NATIONWIDE

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GO AMERICA! What a victory! On a country that prides ourselves on being the land of the free, this should have happened a long time ago, but we are finally catching up to our own Constitution.

Today at 10:04am, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage in all 50 states. #LoveWins

Until today, each state had jurisdiction over who could marry who. For a solid chunk of states who have a hard time separating church and state, same-sex marriage was not permitted because the Bible says that holy matrimony is only between “a man and woman.” You can imagine what kind of discrimination happens in the states where the government does not see all love equally. Continue reading

Photos of Barcelona, Spain

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Duolingo: The best free app for language learning now has “Duolingo for schools”

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Excuse me while I geek out over free, game based language learning software that I can now incorporate into my classroom!

Want to learn a new language without dropping hundreds of dollars on software? Duolingo is the free, interactive app for language learning. As a game based learning strategy, you earn “XP” for each lesson you do. When it comes time to refresh those lessons, the app lets you “practice skills” so you don’t forget all the vocabulary. Set up like other social media platforms, you can follow your friends and see each other’s activity.

Perfect for travelers who want to learn a little bit of the language, but even more perfect for high school French students with smartphone addictions, Duolingo now offers a school account. Continue reading

Photos of Madrid, Spain

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Madrid, Spain: Best Tapas, Shopping, & Rooftop Bars

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Want to fall in love with the fashion capital of Spain on a budget? With this collection of places to go and experiences to dive into, it won’t be long before you are saying Madridte quiero!

Getting there

The most expensive part of a European vacation for Americans is the plane ticket. Even with the cost, it still causes anxiety for a lot of people to make the voyage across the entire Atlantic Ocean! For the best prices on airfare from the States, check out:

  • The Clark Howard website This site is fantastic–it is always up to date, and has a long list of flight deals and for how long they last. Often there is a great deal to Madrid for around $800-$900 round trip from Atlanta.
  • Kayak is another great resource. Some of the deals are cheap because there is an extra long layover, or because there are only a few seats left, and if you see a deal, snag it immediately! Prices fluctuate quickly.

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Why are we always at war?

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Dear Diary,
Writing about politics is a slippery slope. No matter what you write, people will take offense and wage war on your blog, your facebook post, your twitter account.

They will attack you as a person, strip you of any character, make you afraid to voice your opinion in a country that prides itself on “the right to free speech.”

You might be friends with those people, or they might be complete strangers, but either way, they are out for your blood. They want to see you burned at the stake for daring to disagree or question. Continue reading

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