Tellus: (tel’us), n. 1. [Latin] earth, soil, and the land; a country; the world. 2. a collection of Willamette University student’s insights, stories, photos and thoughts from their experiences studying abroad.

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It’s viernes (friday)!. It seems that Friday is just as desireable in Spain as it is in the U.S. This attitude was reflected in class today. After 3.5 hours of grammar exercises it seemed appropriate to send us to the weekend with Juan Magan’s popular music video “Bailando por ahí”. And on that tone the weekend commenced. This should be a great weekend. Tomorrow is the big visit to the Alhambra, the world famous palace/castle that was the last stronghold of the Moors when fighting against the Christians. Although the Alhambra was eventually conquered by the Christians, the moorish mark remains. The exterior is beautiful; we are spoiled to see it everyday when walking to class. But the inside is something else entirely. I’m bringing my cámara for sure. the only problem is that the tour starts at 9:30…in the morning. In Spain time, that is early and even more so for a Saturday. We may have to pull an all nighter Spanish-style. Custom is after a long night at the discotecas one stays awake until breakfast is served and eats churros with chocolate. Definitely worth it. I just hope I’ll have enough energy to make it through Saturday night. Apparently there is a bull fight later that evening. There seems to always be something going on. Last weekend there was a neighborhood festival in which the largest pot of Paella was made. There was enough Paella to feed everyone 2-3 plate full! I ate 2.5  plates of paella and my host mother kept giving me drinks of coca cola. It was the best coca cola I’ve ever had. I suppose it’s because they use real sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup. By the end of the festival I had drank a liter of coke; something I rarely ever do. Lest be said I couldn’t sleep that night. Not that I would have slept good that night anyways because professional grade fireworks were going off right over our apartment. The fireworks were literally 100 meters away. I was wondering where all the red, white and blue was cuz it felt just like the 4th of July.

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