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Hasta Luego (See you later)

Hola chicos y chicas,

You are probably busy with exams and essays as usual but guess what?

It will all come to an end soon and we will swap places. You will be in Spain soaking up the sun whilst I’m in the UK depressed because of the weather 🙁 .

I’m kind of jealous now (I’m being honest) because even though it has been 9 months and I still have 3 left. I’m dreading leaving Seville. I have fallen in love with this beautiful and magical city and like I’ve said before I would marry Seville (I’m not kidding). As you can see I have loved my Erasmus year and I can confidently say that it has been one of the best years of my life. I know what you are probably thinking.

 

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I’m not even going to defend myself, I’m just going to let you go abroad and then we will talk when you finish your placement 😉 . As you can see, this blog post is kind of sad because that time of the year has come again. Time to say goodbye and I thought I would be the best at this because I’m already used to saying goodbye to people. I’ve had to say goodbye to my friends and family when I left Portugal, I’ve had to say goodbye to my family when I moved to Birmingham (I know it’s not that far away from Cardiff, but it still counts) and then when I moved to Spain. So, I thought “I will be fine when the girls leave, it will be like a piece of cake”.

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By the way, I did not cry (I’m not lying, ok) but it was hard to say goodbye to some of the best people that I’ve met. I think they have made my experience and influenced me a lot (not in a bad way, obviously, maybe). You would think, I would have to wait until June but no. It started in September, two weeks after I started my placement, I had to say goodbye to my older sister (which happens to be an Aston student). Two months later, I had to say goodbye to my princess, followed by my godmother in December, my twin in January, my annoying cousin in February and my next door neighbour in April. Everyone left me, literally, not even my Polish mentor stayed to check on my progress.

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However, I’m actually proud of myself because I thought I was going to cry a river, when my next door neighbour left. She was the last Original girl, they were all here when I was just a newbie and we kind of started all at the same time. To see them leave one by one was hard, specially the last one. Anyway, the moral of the story is, enjoy every single second of your placement year abroad. Enjoy your new friends and the memories that you will create together. So that during your final year, you can go and travel around Europe to reminisce over your memories.  I know I will be doing that because I’ve already been invited to a wedding in Vietnam (look at me, V.V.I.P )

 

Don’t forget, when you are in your placement year abroad to have fun, meet a lot of people, travel, create amazing memories and say hasta luego. Hasta Luego is more joyful and exciting than a good bye (let’s be honest, you want them to stay in your life otherwise how are you going to get invited to international weddings?)

 

Hasta Luego 🙂

Feria de Abril

Hola chicos y chicas 🙂

How are you? Preparing for exams? Writing essays? I know it’s hard and boring, but it’s worth it. If you have secured a placement, congratulations. If you are still looking for one, don’t get stressed ( remember what I told you about your brain cells). I only secured my placement in July which means that you still have time. Focus on your exams and  assignments then you can worry about one of the best years of your life.

On this blogpost, I’m going to tell you about the Feria de Abril. One of the bests if not the best event in Seville. It usually happens 2 weeks after Semana Santa and it is the total opposite. I’m not going to write that much because I think the pictures will do all the talking.

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The Feria de Abril usually starts with a procession around the city centre. Sevillians love the Feria as it is more relaxed than the Semana Santa.

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They have a parade of horses to announce the start of the Feria.

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The horses usually have ornaments in their face as you can see in this picture.

 

 

 

 

 

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The city is decorated with reminders of the Feria. Cruzcampo, which is one of the main beer companies in Spain, is the main provider of the reminders.

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The Feria officially starts when they switch one the lights of the entrance at midnight. The Feria is that important, that the event is even televised.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The entrance during the daytime.

The entrance during the daytime.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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During the day you can see the carriages and you can go in one. You can also see horse riders .

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They ride the horses the old-fashioned way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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They are so used to riding the horses, that they even drink whilst on a horse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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All the girls wear flamenco dresses, which can be quite expensive. For you to have an idea, some girls pay 800 euros for a dress.

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In the Feria they have a number of casetas. Casetas are little houses where you can get a drink or some food. They also have a DJ or a band.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The casetas can be private or public. If they are private, you need to know one of the partners that will let you in, otherwise you have to go to a public one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Me and the girls in a public caseta.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Feria also represent the beginning of the Bullfights’ events.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Feria was one of the highlights of my placement year because since I got here, I always said that I wanted to wear a flamenco dress and the Feria gave me the opportunity to do so. Now, you can see some pictures of me on my flamenco dress.

 

 

Me and the girls from the office.

Me and the girls from the office. (Celia and Lilly)

Me and my flatmate.

Me and my flatmate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Me and Julia (One of the ladies from the office. I call her Pocahontas)

Me and Julia (One of the ladies from the office. I call her Pocahontas)

Me and Nastja (one of the interns in the office).

Me and Nastja (one of the interns in the office).

Julia (a.k.a Pocahontas) taught me how to dance the sevillana, however I will not post the video of me dancing. In this picture you notice the details of the mantocillo ( the scarf she has in her chest)

Julia (a.k.a Pocahontas) taught me how to dance the sevillana, however I will not post the video of me dancing. In this picture you can notice the details of the mantocillo  ( the scarf she has in her chest) thata the traditional girls wear.

Ladies dancing the Sevillana

Ladies dancing the Sevillana

 

Ladies dancing the Sevillana in a private caseta.

Ladies dancing the Sevillana in a private caseta.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Feria finished with a firework show. To be honest I’m really sad because I really enjoyed the Feria. Everyone was so happy and relaxed and ready to have fun. If I come back to Seville ( which I will) it will be during the Feria as it is the best time to be here. If you come to do your placement in Spain, take a week off during the Feria and come to Seville.

I wanted to say thank you to all the girls for letting me post these pictures, especially to Celia for taking some of the photos.

Good Luck with your exams and assignments and I will come back next month with some placement advice.

Until then,
Hasta Luego 🙂

Semana Santa

(Please be aware as this blog post may contain pictures that may cause distress)

Hola chicos y chicas,

How are you and how is your placement search going?  I guess some of you may have secured your placement while others are still looking. Don’t get stressed because like I always tell you, you still have time.  You can still find an amazing internship abroad or in the UK. Why don’t you broaden your horizons and become more flexible about the roles and the salary or maybe the location. You might get lucky  😉

 

Nonetheless, I came here to tell you about one of the most exciting weeks in Seville. Semana Santa (Holy week). Seville is known for its celebration of the Semana Santa because of the breath-taking processions and the streets filled with tourists and locals that came to see their “Virgen”. This is how it works, every church has its virgin and the older churches also have a brotherhood. So they come out and walk around Seville for hours with a statue of their virgin and one from Jesus’ path to crucifixion. They also have the ‘nazarenos’ which can be mistaken by Ku Klux Klan because of their outfits, however their outfits have a different meaning, like they are different (so calm down). In the past they used to wear the overall and the hats to hide their identity as they were ashamed of their sins and they did not want to be labelled as penitents. If you look closer you can see that the outfits are different.

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First date of placement search

Hola chicos y chicas.

I know I have not been posting about placement advice lately but this post is about it.

Today, I’m going to write about interviews. Placement interviews are like your first dates (I’m just going to assume that you had a couple of them), where rule number one is to impress the girl or the boy so that you can have a second date. Is the same with placement interviews. You have to be on your top shape and look flawless.

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I’m going to tell you what you should not do when you go on an interview. Once again they will sound like common sense but since I have seen a lot of people doing it, I will just refresh your memories.

  1. When discussing the interview time make sure you have the right time, especially if the interview is with a company from another country. I have received a lot of e-mails of people telling me British time, I know the difference but I have friends who don’t know the difference and do not have time to go and check. Then you miss your interview and cause a bad impression

 

  1. Make sure you allow yourself enough time to get there. If the interview is over Skype, check the connection and practice with a friend or a family member. I have had to call candidates numerous times because they are in a place with a bad connection or sometimes I have to scream so that they can understand what I’m saying. Then there is the odd one that blames us (like for real).

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The adventures of a placement student

Hola chicos y chicas !!!!

I know it has been a while but I hope everything is going well with your placement search.On this blog post I will be telling you about my new adventure.  YYYYYYEEEEEEAAAAHHHHHH.So, I red in this article that people that like to travel a lot have this gene called wanderlust gene. I think mine has started to manifest as now I’m always travelling or planning trips. So, this time I went to Africa.

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I spent 4 days in busy Marrakech and I can tell you that I would definitely go back, just for shopping. Marrakech is completely different to every place that I have been and as soon as I got there I got a cultural shock. There were donkeys on the road, people crossing the road without looking, motorcycles everywhere with the whole family on top. Different stairs, cats everywhere and people calling all sorts of things just to get your attention ( They called me Shakira, like, do I look like Shakira). I was shocked.

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Fiesta Time

Hola chicos y chicas,

 

How is the placement search going? I hope you are all on the interview stages now and I promise my next post will be about interviews. So keep an eye on the blog.

Like promised, I came to tell you about my new adventure. It was like a week ago but I have been so busy that I did not have time to write a post. Please, forgive me.

On the 14th of February, some of you were out and about celebrating with your other half, others were with their friends while the rest stayed at home and pretended that Valentine’s Day doesn’t bother them (yes, I just said this and I was talking about you). I have told you before to stop lying to yourself that is a disadvantage when looking for a placement. Anyways, I’m here to talk about what I did on my Valentine’s Day, which was….

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CELEBRATE CARNIVAL, YEEEEEEEEEEEEHHHHHHHH

Yes, chicos y chicas. I celebrated Carnival and it was such an experience.  Thousands of students from different countries, studying and working in different cities all came down to celebrate the same thing. There were a lot of different costumes and I can tell you that the Spaniards had the best costumes. See what experience does!!!  I met amazing people during Carnival and I had so much fun. See that is one of the reasons why I think you should do your placement year abroad and experience the culture. It turns you into an open minded, experienced and grateful individual. At the end of your placement you will be a completely different individual. So now enjoy my pictures from Carnival and watch the video below.

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Estoy enamorada!!! (I’m in love)

Hola chicos y chicas!!!

 

I wasn’t supposed to write about any of my adventures until the C**** (it’s a secret).However, I had to share with you my experience and the events of Friday and Saturday night (sorry to disappoint but it does not involve alcohol).  My flatmate took me to this flamenco bar, a really small and dark place (you can judge because I did the same).

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I didn’t expect much from it, I thought they were just going to play some flamenco music over the radio, or play some videos of famous flamenco dancers, or something similar.  I was surprised when I heard a deep voice sing an emotional song. I felt every single word that came out of the singer’s mouth.  Instead of describing it, I’m going to let you listen to it.

 

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Why should I do my placement abroad?

Hola chicos y chicas 🙂

I hope you are okay and happy with your exam results.

If you are still searching for an internship then you should consider doing it abroad.  I will be uploading some videos to show you, why you should do your placement abroad.

Enjoy the video and think about what the girls are saying.

 

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I hope everything is going well with your exams and essays. You can do it, if you got into Uni that means you are smart; now let’s change the subject.

So, this blogpost is not about your exams or intelligence. It’s about your placement passport, a.k.a Curriculum Vitae, your CV is what differentiates you from the other candidates (apologies for the big word).

Your placement passport, should contain all the important and relevant information about you and your academic/professional life. It can also be considered your advert or sales pitch to the company that you are applying to. Therefore, it should be perfect, flawless, picture-perfect and whatever adjective you want to use to describe it.  As a result of my placement, I have seen a lot of placement passport, which puts me in a position where I can give you valuable tips. You know when I say I’m going to give you some tips, I mean I’m about to tell you some of the horrendous things I have seen (relax, I’m not talking about you, the CVs from Aston are good).

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The thoughts of a placement student

Hola chicos y chicas,

I hope everyone is okay and enjoying the cold British weather.

I never thought I would say this but I miss the UK and the British food and I only realised that when I went to Gibraltar two weekends ago. Gibraltar is small but gorgeous, everyone speaks English (with a British accent, OMG) and they have British food like English breakfast, fish and chips, roast dinners, you name it. Some of you might be asking yourselves where is Gibraltar and why does it remind me of the UK, well if you don’t know google it because I have to talk to you about other things (btw I’m not judging because I did not know that Gibraltar existed until I moved to Seville). Before getting to Gibraltar, me and the girls went on a road trip to Ronda and Algeciras, followed by Gibraltar and Huelva. Our road trip was memorable and dramatic and it made me think about my life and what I want to do with it.

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