Category: Spain

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Niacka Carty: Bibliometro

When traveling to and from school, I have noticed that many of the passengers on the trains, young and older, are always reading a book. I figured that the younger people were doing readings for school. Seeing older people reading in the metro is a new sight for me. Apparently, I have not noticed the ...

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Niacka Carty: La Provincia Escuelas Pías Betania

This week, I purposefully decided to tour another part of Madrid that I was not familiar with in order to see more of the city. After visiting several thrift shops, the reason for touring Madrid, a friend and I decided to continue to walk through a popular street. We knew we visited all the thrift ...

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Niacka Carty: Architect High School in Madrid

Soon after settling in, the topic of the last economic world crisis has been popular among Spaniards. I have noticed this in and outside of my classes. Spaniards often complain about the economic hiccup that is responsible for their current dire economical situation. This is used to explain the high unemployment rate that is among ...

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Niacka Carty: Spanish Vegetable Garden

The typical diet in Madrid is quite obvious. There is ham and cheese just about everywhere. A lot of the food shops in my neighborhood display a vast array of pork and cheese in the display window. Additionally, what was surprising was the lack of vegetables in Spanish meals. If I want to buy fruits ...

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Niacka Carty: La Jarosa

I did not notice the difference in the landlord and tenant relationship immediately after arriving in Spain; however, upon noticing the difference this week, it is nearly impossible not to discuss. Unlike in the United States, landlords in cities tend to frequently stop by to wonder how the tenants are adjusting to their new apartment ...

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Niacka Carty: Witnessing a Spanish Protest

It is commonly known that the right to protest is perceived as a human right. This blog post focuses on my experience witnessing this human right in another democratic country, Spain. For the first time in my life last week, I witnessed a protest. I have participated in a protest once before but never witnessed ...

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Niacka Carty: More Observations

When I noticed that it is not customary for apartments in Madrid to have a dryer as well as a washer, I immediately thought of the South in the United States. An apartment in Madrid either has a washer in the kitchen or not. Summer in Madrid is dreadfully hot, which explains the lack of ...

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Niacka Carty: Travelling to Barcelona

I decided to take a trip to Barcelona after sitting in on a lecture that compared the city’s desire to be independent from Spain to Scotland’s desire to be independent of the United Kingdom. I was surprised that the two were being compared, considering that Scotland is a country and Barcelona a city. It was ...

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Niacka Carty: There’s Always Something to Admire in Spain

I recently found out that, unlike in the United States, in Spain all professionals receive the same salary. I immediately that the idea is interesting. Though Spain has adopted democracy, I think the concept of rewarding everyone with the same salary is more aligned with socialism in that in a way it promotes a sense ...

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Niacka Carty: A Bit of Everything in Madrid

The professor for my Spanish language course shared with the class that there are currently over six million people in Madrid. Furthermore, it is said that Spain has the highest rate of immigration in the world second to the United States. This was shocking information. Upon hearing this information, I immediately expected Spain to resemble ...