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10/01/2013

CIEE Alcalá de Henares LA study abroad FALL 2013. SIMONE VANDROFF (BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY): WALKING IN THE STREETS.

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Caminando en España

 

Ya que he llegado a España, he caminado mucho. En mi casa en California tengo un coche que uso frecuentemente y desde que llegué aquí he disfrutado caminando alrededor. En Alcalá de Henares es fácil ver toda  cuidad en tan sólo unas pocas horas. Por eso,  estoy familiarizada con la mayor parte de la ciudad. Todos los edificios y las iglesias son preciosas, y me encantan. Mi lugar favorito es la calle mayor, la calle más popular de la ciudad. Hay un poco de todo en la calle, incluyendo tiendas de ropa, restaurantes, la casa de Miguel Cervantes, helado y mucho más.

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Todos las días camino por la calle simplemente para ver a la gente. La mayoría de las veces no estoy de compras ni voy a comer, sólo camino. Estoy fascinada por las diferencias entre los españoles y los americanos. Una de las mayores diferencias es el estilo de ropa: hay marcas de ropa, zapatos y también relojes aquí en España que no existen en los Estados Unidos. También cuando estoy caminando por la calle, hay muchas personas que se sientan afuera para comer y beber, y me gusta ver lo que la gente está comiendo.

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Yo vivo en la residencia Universidad de Alcalá  y necesito comprar comida para mí. He aprendido caminando a casa que la comida no es fácil. Es importante comprar sólo alimentos que realmente necesito, porque si compro demasiada comida mis bolsas son muy pesadas. Además de tener que llevar bolsas pesadas me gusta caminar por todo el supermercado porque compro alimentos que no estoy acostumbrada a comer. Esta es una de las principales diferencias que he encontrado desde que estoy viviendo en el extranjero, pero caminar y comer han sido mis dos cosas favoritas para hacer aquí en España.

 

Walking in Spain

 

Since I have arrived in Spain, I have walked a lot! At my house in California I have a car that I use frequently, but since arriving here I have enjoyed walking around. In Alcalá de Henares it is easy to see the entire city in just a few hours. Because of this, I have become familiarized with most of the city. All of the buildings and churches are beautiful and I like them very much. My favorite place would have to be calle mayor or Main Street; it is the most popular street in the whole city. On the street there is a little bit of everything including; clothing stores, restaurants, Miguel Cervantes house, ice cream shops, and much more.

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Every day I walk down the street to simply see the people. The majority of times I am not there to go shopping or get food, I am just there to walk.  I am very fascinated in the differences between Spaniards and Americans. One of the biggest differences is the style of clothing; there are brands of clothing, shoes, and even watches here that do not exist in the United States. When I am walking down the street there are a lot of people sitting outside eating and drinking and I like to see what the Spanish people eat.

I live in the residency here at University of Alcalá and need to buy food for myself. I have learned that walking home with food is not easy! It is important to buy only food that I really need because if I buy too much, my shopping bags are too heavy. Even though I have to carry heavy bags, I like walking around the supermarket because I buy things here that I am not accustomed to eating. This is just one of the many differences I have faced since living abroad, but walking around and eating food has definitely been my two favorite parts about Spain so far. 

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