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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Summertime

I don't know if it is because of the global climatic change, but the weather has been quite strange this year in Barcelona. I have to say that I haven't felt any big changes during the whole year. Since I moved in September it hasn't been really cold, and it hasn't been really warm either. I bet that the temperatures have been between 16 ºC and 22 ºC at least 90% of the days.

It was also a dry year, very dry. They even had to launch big ships, loaded with water, because there wasn't enough of it for the city. But in May it changed dramatically. In May everybody would expect t-shirts, sunglasses and the first sea baths of the year. Well, it started to rain instead. In few weeks it rained more than it had done the previous 6 or 7 months. The water ships weren't needed anymore.

Barceloneta
Barceloneta Beach, Barcelona

However, it seems that the summer arrived yesterday. The weather is getting warmer and warmer, the sun is shining until sunset (around 9 pm), the clothes are getting shorter and the red color of the skin of the Nordic tourists is becoming more intense. As a normal summer should be in Barcelona, the touristic capital of Southern Europe.

And soon, very soon, I'll have to leave. Next Sunday, my Catalan adventure will come to an end. After almost 9 months in Barcelona, it's time to say goodbye... even if I'm sure that I'll come back (at least for a visit!). Few last things to do (including my *last* exam before getting my degree) and on Monday morning I'll wake up in Valladolid again.

Nevermind, next adventures are coming soon. From the 1st of July on, I'll be working in Tallinn. And the 1st of September I'll start a Greek language course in Mytilini, in the Greek island of Lesvos. Sounds interesting, doesn't it? Yes, I know, I should start thinking big. Get a (real) job. Get a (real) life. But... well, let's enjoy a bit more.

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Friday, June 06, 2008

In Change we trust

Barack Obama
 
«Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.»
 
Barack Obama, February 5, 2008.

 
He did it. It looked like an impossible mission few months ago, and it would sound like a joke just few years ago... a black guy, in his forties, with real possibilities of becoming the next President of the United States. Of course, I am talking about Barack Hussein Obama (his name itself sounds like impossible for a President of the USA).
 
A black President... it is this kind of things that you only expect to happen in a movie (I still remember Morgan Freeman performing the role of President in some movie). Hopefully the Americans will vote for change after 8 years of ultra-conservative politics, war, terror and fear. A young man with new ideas, who talks about illusion, hope and change, will possibly become the most important leader in the World. Such a huge step against racism and prejudices.
 
So I bet (and hope) that Obama will be the next President. I have failed in the 2 last elections: I thought Gore would win Bush in 2000 (and he actually got more votes, but all of us remember what happened in Florida) and Kerry would defeat Bush again 4 years ago. But this time it's for good: Obama will mean a new era in the American politics.
 
Maybe you are wondering why I am concerned about this issues, if I'm not (US)American (and I'm not planning to move to the USA at all :)). Well, in our globalised world, the man in charge of the government of the most powerful countries has actual influence over all of us, doesn't he? From the other side of the Atlantic ocean, I also believe in change.

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Monday, June 02, 2008

Mondays are not for Metaphysics

When I was going to the faculty in the subway this morning, I had the chance to read the free newspaper 20 minutos. Among all the Spanish free newspapers, it's my favourite, for several reasons: 1. It's the most casual (and when you are going to school at 8 AM, that's something nice). 2. It's the only one which has a local edition in Valladolid (not that I can read it in Barcelona, though). 3. It has the best cartoons, with a big differece.
 
And today I found this comic strip starred by Cuttlas, the anti-hero from the Far West:
 
Cuttlas

1. Ho, ho, ho
2. Can you recognize me, Cuttlas? I am your evil "I"!
3. Your dark side! Your meanness, your misery! All that nobody could imagine!
4. I am your vanity, your laziness, your greed! — You have already been in other comics
5. I am your complexes, your vices, your lacks, your lies!
6. BAM!
7. I'm sorry, but I'm not feeling metaphysical at all today — I see...

 
I feel identified with Cuttlas today. Seems that Mondays are not the best days for deep philosophical thoughts :)

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