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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

ooooh Paris.......The Sites

I only had a few days in Paris so I had to see the sites very quickly!

Just arrived!

An amazing street!

Lucky shot from the cab

Saint-Jacques Tower (Pilgrims use this to find their way to Santiago de Compostela when walking the  Camino!)
Academy of Music

Pyramid from inside the Louvre

Luxor Obelisk

Arc de Triomphe

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Language Teaching Tools: Jeopardy

Jeopardy is an American game show where the contestants are given the answer and they have to figure out the question. This game is great for teaching questions words (Who, What, Where, When, How, etc..) whether you are teaching a language or reviewing material for an upcoming exam. I think it's great for teaching history; my favorite subject! I'm using it to teach my students about famous African-Americans.

Click HERE to start your Jeopardy game!

2012: To do List-Travel to see D'Angelo in Paris, sleep, practice Spanish, travel some more

I can't believe that I will be in Paris on Friday and going to see the long, unheard from R&B singer, D'Angelo perform! Just in case you need a reminder of who he is....

Then Rome or Malaga (Southern Spain) in February, Morocco in March, the Canary Islands in April, and Greece in May. I have to enjoy myself and my close proximity to these awesome places while I can, who knows when I will ever have this opportunity again!

Nafplio, Greece

Morocco via 5 inch and up

Monday, January 23, 2012

Inspiration Mondays: Inspired to try something new!

Last week I cooked Langostinos for the first time and this week I seasoned and baked a whole Merluza (Hake) fish and it was delicious!!
So don't be afraid to cook, learn a new language, travel, or try something NEW!!!

Ready for the oven!

Cooked and ready to eat!

Sooooooooo Delicious!!!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Random Pictures Around Spain and Portugal

Santiago de Compostela/I love little cars!!


Porto, Portugal

Santiago airport/I want these!!

La Boqueria Market-Madrid

In my neighborhood in Santiago

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

European Winter Living.....Volume #1

#1: Not knowing whether my clothing is dry or just cold because it's been hanging outside on the terrace in 30 degree weather for two days.
#2: Having to wear two pairs of socks, a t-shirt, a long sleeve shirt, a sweater, leggings, a scarf, and sweatpants to bed because there is no CENTRAL HEAT. And if there is it isn't utilized because the cost of gas is expensive.....
#3: Not realizing that you have been home for 30 minutes and are still wearing your long down coat because it's colder in your house than it is outside!
#4: Being able to see your breath while talking and standing in your kitchen.
#5: Taking a hot shower before going to bed in order to create some type of warmth before piling on the layers(submitted by my good friend Camila)

#6: Not leaving your bedroom for hours because that's the only place in your house where it's warm because you have a space heater.
#7: Staying in the shower WAY longer than you need to because it's a "warm place".
#8: Buying and wearing fingerless gloves specifically to wear in the house (to cook, use the computer, etc).

To be continued....

Martin Luther King Day: Teaching Black History (Slavery and Civil Rights)

I presented a short power point presentation about slavery, Harriet Tubman, MLK, Rosa Parks, and Malcolm X. After the presentation the students were able to reinforce their new knowledge of the subject and the vocabulary by answering questions, doing word searches and word jumbles. We also created a hallway display of quotes, signs, and pictures from the Civil Rights Movement. During the next couple of weeks we will continue with the topic of Black History exploring the Harlem Renaissance and famous, more recent African American personalities. Teaching is fun! ;)

 P.S. One of my teachers was shocked when discovering that Black History Month was an entire MONTH....

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Inspiration Mondays: Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!!

I am celebrating Martin Luther King Day by explaining who MLK, Jr. was, what he did, the significance, and why he had to do it in the first place. Unfortunately, all my Spanish students know about him is that he won the Nobel Peace Prize. But they are in luck because I'm here to explain it all! Stay tuned for pictures tomorrow....

MLK, Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC-August 2011

Monday, January 16, 2012

Good eating on the weekend....

If only we all had enough time to cook meals like this everyday....Apart from creating a delicious dish from something I've never cooked before (Langostinos-large shrimp/prawn), having pancakes for the first time in over four months was an AHHmazing experience! And the strawberries I added were perfect. Also, purchasing a little bottle of maple syrup for 5.15 euros ($6.53) from one of only TWO stores that sells syrup, was totally worth it! Enjoy the pics!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Shopping in Santiago de Compostela, Spain: El Vestido de Alicia

While my fashionista friend was here in Santiago in December, I was able to deeply explore a cute little boutique in my neighborhood, El Vestido de Alicia. El Vestido de Alicia sells everything fashionable except shoes. Her jewelry, dresses, bags, and coats are amazingly unique and distinct to Spain and the neighboring countries.  Check out the pics of me in a pair of her pants and my friend in an entire outfit styled by Tamara, the owner, and a quilted skirt. Also, check out POLITICS AND FASHION's blog post of the very on-trend printed pants.