By Costanza Cerasi
Many American students come to Spain to study abroad and find themselves confused, amused and sometimes perplexed with some cultural differences they are exposed to.
By Costanza Cerasi
By James G. Skinner
Spaniards are fed up! They are fed up of political bickering, government statements of ‘the end of recession’, independence pleas by regional nationalists, banking disorders, corruption in practically every sector of the community, be it political parties, town councils, trade unions – who have been very quiet by the way – individual tax evaders and above all, members of the royal family.
…or why is it, that events that have passed decades ago still hold us under their spell? Are they dreams and occurences to which we only find answers in time? I have spent most of my life trying to work up these thoughts, both as a musician, as well as a painter, to implement them in the context of what has happened and reality.
What do Americans in Paris do on July 4th? I can’t speak for everyone, but I eat a burger. In years past, I’d invite friends for a hamburger dinner, complete with all the ‘fixins’: bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, relish…and serve them with cole slaw and potato chips. It wasn’t so easy to organize at the time — buns were hard to find and American style bacon was a specialty item. Even the cheese squares were not an ordinary item on the grocery store shelf.
by Patricia Laplante-Collins
The French have perfected the word “civilization.” The origin is Latin, of course: “The word civilization comes from the Latin civilis, meaning civil, related to the Latin civis, meaning citizen, and civitas, meaning city or city-state” (Wikipedia) But the French have taken it to its height in meaning. We encountered several perfect examples: