Life in Spain as an American

Image After being in Europe since September 2012 I have had the chance to compare so much to our lives back home in the US. I haven’t really traveled that much, especially compared to Europeans, but for a 23 year old American I consider myself very lucky. I want to discuss the things I have noticed a lot about American life now that I have left.

My first months here I had a lot of frustration for Spanish life and culture, but I blame that mostly on my ignorance of their history. For an American, the first things you will notice is that Spain is not a service country or not nearly on a level of the United States. Especially, in Madrid you will notice that eating at a restaurant is not for the people with a day busy full of activities. Spaniards eat in a way that screams “seize the day.” They love to just sit down and talk with their family members. They aren’t worried about seeing every single church or museum there is in Madrid. A vacation is about taking it all in.

Waiters in Spain, especially Madrid, don’t serve to your every need. You order your food, they bring it, and then you hunt them down to pay the check. It doesn’t help when you have one waiter for 30 plus people, which is commonplace in all Spanish restaurants. One might think Spaniards are lazy and don’t care about other people, but this can’t be further from the truth. The truth is that the culture of Spanish life is centered on enjoying the small things in life. Walks, family gatherings, and good food. Spaniards simply want to enjoy their life modestly. They don’t have to own all the newest and greatest cars or gadgets to feel fulfilled. In other words they don’t want to die working too much and not living enough.

In a few weeks I want to focus my attention on life in Andalucia. This is where the heart of Spain lies. I have lived in a small pueblo by the name of Albox with my girlfriend since mid-September. This pueblo has brought many frustrating and pleasing experiences about life in Spain. We are glad to be living here because it provides and full experience of life in Spain, unlike living in a bigger city that can sometimes washout life of a country.

2012 Bunbury Festival is coming to Cincinnati!

As a native to Cincinnati practically my whole life, I have heard a lot of complaints about this city. Most complaints derive from how “uncool” and “old school” we are. But 2012 is bound to change Cincinnati for good. With the 2012 Bunbury Festival coming on the weekend of July 13th-15th, downtown is going to change from a place people would never dare to go to a place that everyone from your grandma to barber will be going to spend their summer. First off this same weekend Joey Votto and the Reds will be taking on the St. Loser Cardinals (JK!). Ummm Reds V. Cards and an 80,000 person fest at the same locations. Mad house most certainly.

Wait… isn’t the World Choir Games wrapping up that weekend?! Holy Moley! So we are going to have people from every country and city around that weekend. I am about to have couch surfers stop by and take them on some tours of the Nati’ just for fun. Anyways, as you can see I love this city and the changes that have gone on here since my birth in Florida have been quite enormous. We can give Mark Twain a run for his money. All those cities like Seattle, Portland, Boston, and etc are getting too big. Young people are beginning to take Cincy back!

So if you share my love for the city, be an ambassador that weekend! If you find someone from out of town is in your path. Represent us well!

A list of bands coming to the 2012 Bunbury Festival:

Janes Addiction
Airborne Toxic Event – Minus the Bear – O.A.R
Foxy Shazam – Ra Ra Riot
LP – Matt Pryor – Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Ponderosa – All Get Out
The Minor Leagues – Lauren Mann – She Does Is Magic – Bo & the Locomotive Tristen – Pet Clinic
Saturday, July 14
Gym Class Heroes – Manchester Orchestra
GROUPLOVE – RJD2 – Dan Deacon
Jukebox the Ghost – The Bright Light Social Hour – Kevin Devine
The Silent Comedy – Graffiti 6 – 1,2,3  – Secret Music
Messerly & Ewing – 500 Miles To Memphis – Lions Rampant – Jeremy Pinnell & the 55’s – Wheels on Fire – Hotfox
Sunday, July 15
Death Cab for Cutie
Guided By Voices – City and Colour – Motion City Soundtrack
Margot & The Nuclear So & So’s – Good Old War – Lights – Will Hoge
Maps & Atlases – YAWN – Now, Now
Wussy – Seedy Seeds – The Tillers

Spring time is in the air at UC


Since I work at UC, I am fortunate enough to enjoy this beautiful campus almost everyday. Nothing more peaceful then looking at the sunset to remind you it was a successful day. I was using this new pudding camera app on my android. The sun was a little strong as I was an hour early on the sunset but nonetheless, it is a cool camera app. Since, I don’t have a trendy iphone I can’t be cool with Instagram. Pssh. What I want to get at is the spring is upon us. I absolutely love being outside in nature. Really sets you back in life and let’s you live in the moment. These new warm days bring me excitement for what the future days a hold. Take some time out of your day to catch the sunset. It will do you wonders.


Here is a better picture!