Monthly Archives: January 2012

la ciudad desde una bicicleta

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This is our tour guide Michael, who was from Michigan.  He wouldn’t let me take his picture so I pretended to sneeze and snapped a winner.

These carriages are all over town.  Michael said they have the right of way not due to any particular law but because “they’re dicks.” Sweet guy.

This is la plaza de sevilla – a government building and the last picture I took on the bike tour because taking pictures while biking turns out to be quite dangerous.  Yes Michael, I know what peligroso means.

After our bike tour I went for a nice long night run along the river.  The bike path is lit up at night and there are joggers and people walking everywhere.  I soon realized all the strong women runners I kept seeing were in fact men (who wear tights or very short shorts while exercising).  Also, for the record, listening to eminem while running through a foreign city at night makes you feel cooler than Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible 4.  Which I suppose isn’t that cool.

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La Llegada!

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View from the balcony

Three airplanes, two books, a nap and a couple of practice problems in an LSAT book later –  I’ve been awake for about 30 hours now, and we’re all hoping I make it through the welcome dinner tonight (it is free after all).  I’ve finished unpacking although we have a closet that is about 2 feet wide for two people.  After we first arrived, I abandoned my luggage for a walk through the city to a tapas bar (where we had our first pitcher of sangria!!).  Alas, I forgot my camera, which has been an unfortunate theme since its acquisition.  Afterwards A trip to IKEA today yielded yummy pink bedding and a rolling clothes rack that is giving me nightmarish flashbacks to my summer at LOFT. I have used more spanish today than I ever have in my life, mostly because I have to keep repeating myself so people understand me (what do you mean you don’t understand my charming grunting and pointing??).

I share the top floor apartment with 11 other girls, from all over the country.  We have a wrap around balcony with gorgeous views of the city and the sunset.  I encountered a bike trail on our walk today that allegedly wraps around the entire city – a theory I will test on my run tomorrow.  More pictures to come once I catch up on sleep!

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The goal is one suitcase under 50 pounds.  Likelihood is slim.  I think those black and white wedges weigh about 5 pounds each.  Hopefully my new currency will fill any gaps in my wardrobe that I leave behind. I went on a wild goose chase for these euros today and eventually tracked down the fabulously sparkly bills.  It’s very exciting as I’m quite partial to the color pink.  Countdown has reached 56 hours

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