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Cultural Experiences of International Students in Spain


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1. Control – Gmail

Gmail allows its users to change (control) the language and background and settings of their page.

2. Feedback – YouTube

YouTube is a video sharing website on which users can upload and share video. It lets you post videos which can be seen by anyone and because of the high traffic on the site you get all sorts of responses and reactions (feedback) to things that you post.

3. Productivity – Google Calendar

Google Calendar helps you keep track of life’s important events, (productively) all in one place. You can share your calendar with family and friends, you can access it from your mobile phone, and you can set up reminders so you never miss another appointment.

4. Creativity – Nike ID

Nike ID is a website which allows people to choose colors, customize designs and use their creativity to design their own shoes and clothing and delivers them directly to the consumer.

5. Adaptivity  – MySpace

MySpace is a social networking site which lets you almost completely customize your homepage, unlike Facebook.

6. Communication – Facebook

Facebook is also a global social networking site. It allows you to keep in touch with family and friends all over the world, as well as post unlimited pictures and videos.


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October 23, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Is there such a thing as a professional ex-pat?

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Robin Pascoe professional expatriot

Robin Pascoe professional expatriot

Meet Robin Pascoe, a journalist and self-proclaimed professional ex patriot who has been traveling globally for over ten years as the wife of a diplomat.

Along with her husband and two children she has lived in Bangkok, Taipei, Beijing and Seoul.  Robin has been asked by corporate groups to give speeches and presentations in over twenty-five countries about the needs of ex patriots and their families.  Some of her popular presentation topics include:

  • Family Matters!  Attract and Retain Top Talent by Understanding the Family’s Challenges in International Assignments.
  • Work-Life balance in the Global Economy
  • Who Are You Anyway?
  • Understanding Third-Culture Kids in the Classroom

Besides her countless speeches, Robin is well known for authoring four books including: A Broad Abroad, Raising Global Nomads, A Movable Marriage, Homeward Bound, as well as coauthoring Living and Working Abroad .  She also writes regularly for expatriate newspapers, magazines and web sites and has been interviewed by many publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, Working Mother Magazine, Utne Reader, CNN, and others.

Robin Pascoe’s book trailer:  

If I were to intervie Robin Pascoe I would like to ask her:

“What definition do you use to define an ex-patriot?”

“Is there a time period one must live outside his/her home country before he/she is considered an ex-patriot?”

“Have you noticed several personality traits that ex-patriots have in common after having lived for many years outside their home country?”

“Do you feel that you lose a sense of home and old friendships having lived for so long and so far from where you grew up?  And will your kids lose that sense of home having lived in so many different places during these formative years?”

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October 22, 2009 at 5:01 PM

Arthur Frommer

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Arthur Frommer’s name is easily recognizable from the hundreds of travel books he has written, and mllions trust his name when planning trips on a budget.




Frommer was born in 1929 and grew up in the height of the Great Depression. He was drafted into the American army during the Korean War and was posted in Europe. Drawing from his experiences in the armed forces, Frommer published in 1955 The GI’s Guide to Europe. It was the first of many travel books he would publish; two years later he would publish a civilian version of the book, titled Europe on 5 Dollars a Day. Though no easy feat, he managed to duplicate the success of his first publication; he would continue to travel and write travel guides, over the years publishing over 350 titles.


Each of his publications covers a distinct country or city; different countries call for a book oriented towards different goals, just as changing social and economic situations call for an adaptation of the themes the book deals with. In this interview, Frommer admits to adapting to the distinct economic landscape we have seen during the crisis, and this attitude has been a large part of his success. In keeping with that attitude, the author offers advice for traveling during the crisis in the following video:

Frommer’s books remain great ressources for the traveler for their portability. For those not willing to buy them, however, the author’s website is a legitimate, if not more comprehensive, alternative.

Guide to Spain

Guide to Spain

It includes everything from trip ideas, to hotel suggestions, to deals, and even to Frommer’s blog.  


1. Of all the places you’ve visited, which one would you most recommend for a student on a budget?

2. Part of studying abroad is always traveling; how and to where would you suggest an exchange student in Spain travel?

3. What places do you recommend avoiding?

4. Your opinion on an issue many students ponder over: Is it better to spend your entire vacation in one place to soak in everything there is to see or to go as quickly as possible from one place to the next to see as many sights as possible?

5. How much do you believe traveling has changed because of the trend of globalization seen in recent times?

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October 21, 2009 at 11:36 PM

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Interview with Michael Douglas

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Michael Douglas, age 65, started his career as an actor and producer over 37 years ago. He is now an Emmy Award Golden Globe Award, and two-time Academy Award winner. Michael first came into the spotlight with the production of the movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” in 1975. Later his performances in Wall Street and Fatal Attraction (1987), The War of the Roses (1989), The American President (1995), Traffic and Wonderboys (2000) led him to achieve the fame that he now has today.

After being married to Diandra Luker for 23 years, with which he had one son, Cameron, Michael re-married welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones in 2000, with which he has two children. Ironically Douglas and Zeta-Jones share the same birthday, September 25th, but he is senior by 25 years. Michael is a notable democrat and an advocate of Nuclear Disarmament.



About 21 years ago, Michael and his previous wife Diandra decided to purchas a house in Mallorca, Spain known as S’Estaca. It is known as one of the island’s most beautiful homes, on the northwest coast close to Valldemossa, the same village where Chopin went to compose each winter. Since Douglas is now divorced to Diandra, he only has right to be at this house the first 6 months of the year. Here is an article of the Magazine, ‘Que!‘ about his home away from home.

casa de michael douglas mallorca

While in Mallorca in the year 2000, Michael started what is now called Costa Nord, a cultural center.  In short, he linked Hollywood and the island. In this video he gives us a brief tour of the project. In Costa Nord, Douglas started “Noches Mediterraneas” a series of concerts organized each year by the center. Only privileged people have the honor to attend as Michael invites his famous friends to perform (including Art Garfunkel) in quite a small venue. Not even the spanish royal family misses out on the event while they are on vacation in Mallorca. In 2004 Mr. Douglas sold the center to the Mallorquin Government, although him and his wife are still guests at their concerts very frequently.



  1. Out of all the beautiful places and beaches in Spain, Why did you pick Mallorca?
  2. Do you feel that you have more paparazzi and media attention in the United States, or in Spain?
  3. How do you feel about the situation with your ex-wife and the fact that you can only be in your beautiful home 6 months a year?
  4. How do you feel about Spanish culture, people, and the way they treat outsiders?
  5. Would you ever consider building a new house on the island so you wouldn’t have to share it?

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October 21, 2009 at 9:47 PM

Analysis of multimedia special on ¨Getting to know Spain¨

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As you surf the web, you encounter many types of pages which help you see things in different ways. With good help from different types of multimedia, the expression of the information being presented can be quite varied. Sometimes you can find slideshows of pictures resuming a baseball game, or a video of the latest speach the president has given. Today I have come accross a website which helps you get to know about spain in a very efficient and easy way, whilst remaing on one site. This site is an excellent example of how to use various types of multimedia in one page.

When you first open the page you see 9 options or links. The options include: videos, photo galeries, graphics, audios, locutions, panoramic photos, guides features, and street plans.


In the ¨videos¨ option you can get a few videos on some different topics including cities, towns, villages, arquitecture, coasts and beaches, fiestas and traditions, food and routes. The videos range in between 2 and 30 minutes. In  the ¨photo galleries¨ you get to take a look at pictures dealing with sports, nature, cities, towns, beaches, cultural events, food and some of the same topics as in the videos.


Under ¨graphics¨ you get to see an amazing interactive map and different types of tour routes you might want to take through 7 of spains major cities.

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In ¨audio¨ you can listen to the most typical sounds of the country and animals. In ¨locutions¨ you can enjoy listening to commentaries on open spaces, museums, monuments,  and traditional ´fiestas´.  In ¨panoramic photos¨ you find full 360º views of cities, beaches, and the most important arquitectural works found in Spain. In ¨guides¨ you get perfect, and very extensive pamphlets on the regions, cities and beaches of Spain.

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Under ¨features¨ you can find small reports on Spain´s geography. And finally under ¨street plans¨ you can find precise maps of 39 different cities in Spain.

Overall this is a great website to tour while your at home, or even to prepare and plan a real tour of all of these places. The website is very simple and easy to use and has quality information, pictures, and guides to help you with whatever you need. Now go check it out, and plan your dream trip.

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October 15, 2009 at 7:32 PM

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I would like to draw attention today to the use of multimedia in blogs and newspapers.

Last year I had the opportunity to create a multimedia project for the local newspaper here in Pamplona, Diario de Navarra.  The multimedia project was for a special section of the site,  The project that my team created was  intended for people interested in running with the bulls during San Fermines, an annual festival that takes place in July here in Pamplona.   This multimedia project created with flash explains How to Run With The Bulls.  (You will have to scroll to the bottom of the page to find the multimedia graphic.)

This infographic has a map of Spain, or Pamplona, as well as a more detailed map of the route itself.  The graphic describes the necessary things you need to know before running (dress, entrance locations and times), as well as things you need to know while running (how many bulls, emergency personnel, and the dangers of each section of the route).

The infografic contains text, video, and images.  The video´s are short and intended to maintain the attention of the viewer while detailing simple things runners will see while participating.  In several sections the photos are made into a short slide show so as to show several photos of the same thing without taking up more space.  Because the infographic runs on flash, there are several animated images (zooming in on the maps and creating movement of the runners and bulls on the screen).

There is very little interaction in this graphic.  It has been created in a way that the viewer is able to see all of the information in a lineal manner.  The only option the viewer has is to move forward, backward and to view the map of the route.  At the end of the graphic, the viewer has the option of watching it again from the beginning.

This piece has not yet been updated as it was only recently created in the summer of 2008.

Though this particular graphic makes no use of social media, viewers have the option on to be updated with festival events on twitter.

I found another  multimedia piece in the New York Times about several other students experiences while studying abroad. The piece was published November 4, 2007.  They state ” With more than 6,000 programs in 100 countries, study abroad is a fringe add-on no longer. ”

This piece is divided into four sections for the four students being profiled.  Each section has within it an audio interview of the student- about a minute and a half long, and several related photos.

The page format is very simple.  It has no hypertext linking to student blogs or other sites, and it as no video.  Text is used sparingly, giving only basic information.  One audio link and two to three photos accompany each student profile.  There are no special features like timelines, maps or infographics.

The user has control within this piece, to navigate as they wish among the four students, the audio streams, and the photos.

The piece has never been updated, though I think it would be interesting if they were to continue toprofile more students and their experiences throughout the years.

They make no use of social media within the graphic.

Overall I believe the first multimedia tool made more use of the different methods of interactivity, video, photos, and animation within the site. itself has many videos, quizzes, and even a message board for travelers to discuss places to stay etc.

The multimedia tool I found on the NYTimes was interesting, but contained far less information and interactivity for the viewer.

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October 15, 2009 at 7:01 PM

Análisis del especial multimedia San Fermines 2003 de El Mundo.

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Every student who comes to Pamplona for an exchange program knows of the city’s transformation in July from a quiet university town into a mad mass of people celebrating San Fermines. The week-long festival’s history and customs are presented in this Multimedia Document, which also gives the reader advice on how to get around the city.

The document is separated into six sections: Los carteles de la Feria del toro, Crónicas de encierros y corridas, Encierros de ataño, El juego de San Fermin, Para conocer el recorrido, and Un paseo por Pamplona.

The crónicas section provides a calendar of the events, both the encierros and the corridas.



Encierros de ataño is a photo gallery with text that accompanies each picture. The user can jump from any of the twelve pictures in the gallery to any other.

Encierro de ataño

Encierro de ataño

The next section, El juego de San Fermin, is exactly what the name implies. The game involves avoiding the bulls that are coming in from the right. It’s harder than it sounds…

El juego de San Fermin

El juego de San Fermin

The next section is an interactive map of the path the bulls follow in the runs. It is a slideshow that allows the user to move both forward and backward, but only to the next photo. These ten slides offer advice on running in the corridas.

El recorrido

El recorrido

The last section is a simple guide of Pamplona. It highlights the places to visit during one’s stay in the capital of Navarre. But we all know that when one comes to Pamplona at the beginning of July, it’s hardly for tourism or for trying the different kinds of foods…

This document does not use any real-time updating system (RSS) or Web 2.0 features. Despite being published over 5 years ago, the rules of running in front of a 1500 lbs. angry bull haven’t changed and the document’s usefulness remains.

There are many other pages that speak of San Fermines due to its high notoriety around the world. I haven’t, however, been able to find any other multimedia document quite like the one described in this post.

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October 15, 2009 at 6:55 PM

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