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Erasmus in Spain, Parties at another level..

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There are a lot of things I could write about in this blog to complain
about Spain. There are many cultural differences that I find quite
annoying or different here. But instead of writing about that I am
going to write about something which has impressed me. Spanish people
really know how to party…

It all starts off in the early evening when they tend to get together
in parks and public places to do what they call “botellon“. This
consists of buying bottles of alcohol and publicly consuming them
before going out. The idea is you spend less money in the bars or
nightclubs which you will later go to. After that you might go to a
bar or two or three throughout the ‘early’ evening. Be prepared to
inhale a lot of smoke because it is still legal to smoke inside bars
in Spain. Before or after 4am you move on to a nightclub. Most bars
close at 4 so after that time you usually have to pay to be inside
somewhere. The nightclubs entrance fees usually come with a mixed
drink included. Nightclubs in Spain close at 7 am on a Saturday night
so get ready for a long and loud night. To put things in perspective,
night clubs in France have to close at 5 and nightclubs in Britain
close around 3. This means that when most people in Britain are
heading home to sleep, the people in Spain are just about getting
ready to get into the nightclub for another 3 or 4 hours of partying.

Another thing I have to share about the Spanish party animals are
their ‘fiestas’. From the smallest little town that is celebrating its
annual festival, to parties like San Fermin, Pamplona (the running of
the bulls) and Las Fiestas del Pilar, Zaragoza where over 1 million
people attend. I had the pleasure of attending San Fermin (official website)
this year and have to say it was pretty amazing. The complete change in the
city is shocking. Almost from one day to the next the city is infiltrated
by people from all over the world. People come to run with the bulls,
or just to party, and the party doesn’t stop. The party lasts a total
of 9 days and during those 9 days the bars in the center of the city,
or casco viejo, close for only one or two hours a day to kick people
out, clean up, and open again. Forget about nightclubs during this
week. They don’t even open. All bars are packed to capacity all day
and all night long. In the morning, those daring enough have the
“pleasure” to run with the bulls. If they make it inside the arena
they can stay and run with the ‘vaquillas’ (cows). Pamplona during San
Fermin is a whole different city. Even the people change. Usually the
people from northern Spain tend to be closed and grumpy but during
this week there is no sign of that. Everybody is open, happy and
dressed in white and red. Throughout the city there are several stages
and open areas where there are concerts and even daily firework
displays. The actual bullfights happen during the afternoon and are
always filled to capacity. Although sometimes it is too crowded and
dirty the festival is an amazing experience and I recommend it to
everyone. To make a long story short, I am very impressed with the
Spaniards and their partying.

san fermin


Written by tony1fcom

October 26, 2009 at 12:53 AM


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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.

Written by iamandreaholm

October 15, 2009 at 7:01 PM

Related Blogs and Websites

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It seems we’re not the only one not only studying abroad but also writing about it. A quick search either on Google or on WordPress yields a number of results. One blog discusses studying abroad in general, while another discusses Spanish culture compared to American culture; one website presents advice for studying abroad, while another is a resource to help students find programs for studying abroad.

It’s not easy coming to a foreign country, immersing yourself into a new culture; for this reason, blogs like Study Abroad and International Exchange offer advice on studying and living in a foreign country. This blog includes a large number of blog posts (and has received over 1,500 views) and its Links Page offers a long list (so long that it spills over to a second page) of websites filled with material pertinent to a student looking to study abroad; it includes websites with information and applications for exchange programs, websites with job offers for international students, websites with advice for exchange students, and websites for language classes, to name a few. 

Viva España is a much less professional blog, one created by the author to keepher  friends and relatives up to date on her year abroad in Spain. Turns out she will be studying in Pamplona as well, but in the public university. Some of her experiences and observations are reminiscent of my own, and her blogroll offers interesting and helpful websites about traveling and studying abroad. This blog is of special interest to me in that the author is in a situation similar to my own, and the blog is also similar to my own.

SpainExchange is the most complete website I’ve found in terms of advice and help for students on an exhchange program in Spain. It involves everything from academic programs to housing services to travel advice. It also includes an impressive search section that allows the user to find programs for students studying abroad by country, city, and area of study.

Finally, The International Education Site is a resource for searching that, in its own words, is a guide to study abroad information, advice and opportunities for students worldwide who are considering studying overseas. Including university advice, college search facilities, student profiles, and articles from the leading journals on international education. The website puts a number of resources at the user’s disposition for finding the right exchange program for him: the College Search, the Course Center (which provides articles on studying abroad), and the Living and Learning Section. All in all, it is another useful and complete resource for any student examining his options for an exchange program.

Written by gstmaurice

September 30, 2009 at 11:22 PM