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I-Podcast do U-Vlog?

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I bought an I-pod several months before moving to Spain.  I walk a lot in Spain, so having an I-pod has really made life more enjoyable during my 30 minute walks to work or home from classes.  I-podding isn’t just music;  these days an I-pod can provide you with movies, music videos, and my newest favorite, podcasts.

The term “podcasting” was first used in 2004, and now only 5 years later it is used across the spectrum to create episodic, downloadable, and thematic programs.  Podcasts are created by podcasters.  I-tunes and Winamp are examples of podcatchers, or software that automatically finds and downloads the new episodes as they are released.

I would like to use this website to recommend a few podcasts that I found particularly interesting and pertinent to the topic at hand.   Voices in Español is a bilingual blog and podcast created for intermediate to advanced Spanish speakers.  I found that it has a lot of stories regarding intercultural relations, albeit most are about Latin Americans living in the United States.  These stories and anecdotes told by native Spanish speakers can both help to improve your Spanish speaking, as well as improve your understanding of intercultural interactions.

Another interesting blog/ podcast I found, Notes From Spain was put out by a bi-cultured married couple who now live in Madrid.  Ben from the UK, and Marina from Spain write and speak about Spanish culture, interesting destinations, fiestas, beaches, landscapes and towns around Spain.  They also discuss some of the cultural differences they experience as a married couple coming from two very different cultures.

Vlogs are another form of information and entertainment.  Vlogs are blogs made with videos rather than words.  Vlog International is a fascinating collaboration project made up of many Spanish speaking vloggers from many different countries.  You can read about Vlog International at Global Voices or simply watch the posts on their blip.tv site.  This site could also help a non-Spanish speaker like me to improve their vocabulary and pronunciation.

Armadillo TV is a video blog created by a Colombian journalist who until recently was living in Spain.  He created this blog to document his personal experiences.  Although he recently moved back to Columbia, his blog has many interesting video anecdotes about his life as a foreigner living in Barcelona.

Written by iamandreaholm

October 14, 2009 at 11:20 PM

Does this blog already exist in the Blogosphere?

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It seems that in this mundo de blogosphere, where there are blogs about scrapbooking, cooking, social media and sports… millions upon millions of them of every detail of every topic imaginable, there probably is already a blog out there about the exact same topic.  Maybe it is.  But that isn’t important.  Instead I have several related blogs and websites to recommend to anyone interested!

Although writing about washing machines in the kitchen and people talking loudly on their cellular phones may sound like a fun, silly topic, writing about the cultural differences you experience while living abroad can actually be a commentary on much deeper issues.  These simple anecdotes can have roots based on the history of our countries, differences in politics, and the resulting sociological outcomes.  Although we have begun the blog with very simple topics, if Gabe and I were to spend many more years here in Spain, or elsewhere in Europe, our commentary would likely begin to uproot more of these deep seeded issues.  I would like therefore, to reference Expat Abroad, a blog I ran across about another ex-pat woman living in the Middle East.  I wanted to show this blog as an example of one direction a blog like ours could take.

Other blogs have a lighter take on the life of an expat.  A good example would be Erik’s Blog– thoughts and photos from an American living in Spain.  Erik uses post titles such as “Thinking in Green”, “Zappatero’s daughters” and “Metric Money” to make comic reference to some of the cultural, and language differences he has encountered while living in Spain.

 

I have also discovered several websites that speak to the topic of erasmus (Europe’s version of study abroad) or studying abroad.  A good website I have found that help’s to prepare you for the difficulties you will encounter both before leaving the United Sates, and upon your arrival in a new country is in the international travel section of the U.S. Department of State website.  Here you will find advice for getting your student Visa, as well as some great deals for students and teachers while studying abroad.

The last website I would like to recommend is the British Councils website on Erasmus, which explains the concepts behind Erasmus, or studying abroad.  It has case studies, statistics, things to know before you go, and a place to apply.  On this website you can browse all kinds of things you might want to know before embarking on the erasmus (study abroad) experience.

Written by iamandreaholm

September 30, 2009 at 11:01 PM