Podcasts II

April 22, 2009

There are many ways to find and upload Podcasts. Podcast alley is an easy way to find Podcasts. The uniqueness of a Podcast is that you can download it audio file and listen to it on whatever device you choose, you can syndicate on whichever program you decide, and you can stream it from any website. You can also use Podcasts to try and sell yourself to a TV show. For example, some Podcasts are becoming so popular that famous people are appearing on them and helping newcomers get their name out and having a chance at making it big.The only money made on Podcasts is that of which is used for advertisements between scenes. Podcasts are also useful for classes and giving lessons. You can learn through a Podcast anything from a new language to how to cook dinner and that best part is that its right at your fingertips to decide what you want to be taught! Below is an example of a podcast on how to keep your skin from being dry and keeping it healthy…

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Dublin, Ireland…

April 19, 2009

Dublin CountrysideIn April I visited Dublin, Ireland. Ireland is a beautiful city with a lot to do. We spend the weekend there and stayed at the Days Inn. The hotel was in a good location but not the nicest if you’re looking for luxury. On both days we spend in Dublin, we took the bus tours. The first day we went around the city. Dublin is a very interesting city. We visited Trinity College. It’s a beautiful campus and we saw the Book of Kells which was written by the Monks. We also saw the Guinness Museum, the Dublin Castle, and the Dublin Writer’s Museum. At night there are many bars to jump around to and the people are really friendly and fun. The next day we were there we went to the countryside. We visited a Palace in the country that was situated in a beautiful area. We spent the day there and had lunch overlooking the courtyard. To get to the countryside took a couple of hours but it was definitely worth it. We ate at fun pubs where they played good music although Dublin is definitely not known for its food; it’s still a very good time!



April 15, 2009

PodcastA podcast can be defined as “a series of digital media files, usually digital audio or video, which is made available for download via web syndication.” Podcasts weren’t created overnight. There were many variations of podcasts, and many creations of “almost” podcasts. Ben Hammersley analyzed some examples of audio content distributed about different topics through many weblogs. Christopher Lydon, a journalist, through his weblog distributed recorded interviews about blogging and politics. Audio corporations used to sell audio-books through the internet which evolved because of the internet into online hit TV shows, radio stations, and New York Times and Wall Street Journals. Podcasts were successful because you had the information you wanted when you want it, where you want it, and as long as you want it. The most popular aggregators for podcasting are iTunes, miro and juice. Dave Winer, a programmer and blogger and Adam Curry, an ex-presenter on MTV tried something new with the podcast. They created which is an optional sub-element of Adam Curry was the first to figure out how to get audio files automatic to an MP3 device (iPod or other device too). This discovery made uploading videos onto podcasts so easy that anyone can do it and it is very easy. There are many benefits to podcasting. Podcasting is portable, “walk away” content that adapts to our everyday lives. We can view our favorite television shows, breaking news, or just something we find interesting and upload it to our MP3 player and watch it at our leisure. Another great thing about podcasts is that anyone can create one. In Spain in September 2004, Gelado produced the first podcast in Spanish called “comunicando” which was fifty four seconds in length.


All About Barcelona…

March 31, 2009

If you only had a week to see everything in Barcelona, what would be your top priority to see? Of course you can follow Frommer’s or some other guide book but you can’t really answer that question without knowing about the history of Barcelona and what the city consists of.

            Barcelona is the second largest city in the country with a population of around 5.5 million people. Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and houses the seat of the Catalonian government. Barcelona is located on the Mediterranean Coast between the mouths of the Llobregat and Besós Rivers. Originally founded as a Roman city and named Barcino, Barcelona became the capital of the counts of Barcelona. Barcelona is filled with rich cultural heritage and is an important cultural center and tourist attraction. Barcelona is known for its famous artists Gaudi and Picasso, the beautiful sites, the 1992 Summer Olympics, and the headquarters for the Union for the Mediterranean.


Barcelona has been divided into ten administrative districts, each one with its own council led by a city councilor. The districts are based mostly on historical divisions. Several of the city’s districts are former towns annexed by the city of Barcelona in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries that still maintain their own distinct character. The official names of these districts are in the Catalan language.

Barcelona Map


1)       Ciutat Vella (“Old City”): El Raval (also known in Spanish as the Barrio Chino, (“Chinatown”), the Barri Gòtic (“Gothic Quarter”), La Barceloneta and the Barri de la Ribera.

2)       Eixample: Sant Antoni, Esquerra de l’Eixample (“the left side of the Eixample” facing away from the sea), Dreta de l’Eixample (“the right side of the Eixample”), Barri de la Sagrada Família, Fort Pienc, Sant Antoni

3)       Sants–Montjuïc: Poble Sec, La Marina, La Font de La Guatlla, La Bordeta, Hostafrancs, Sants, Badal.

4)       Les Corts: Les Corts, La Maternitat, Pedralbes.

5)       Sarrià-Sant Gervasi: Tres Torres, Sarrià, Vallvidrera, Bonanova, Sant Gervasi, Putxet-Farró, Galvany.

6)       Gràcia: Vallcarca, El Coll, La Salut, Gràcia, El Camp d’en Grassot

7)       Horta-Guinardó: Horta, El Carmel, La Teixonera, El Guinardó (Alt i Baix), La Clota, La Vall D’Hebron, Montbau

8 )       Nou Barris: Can Peguera, Porta, Canyelles, Ciutat Meridiana, Guineueta, Prosperitat, Vallbona, Verdum, Vilapicina, Roquetes, Trinitat Vella, Trinitat Nova, Torre Baró, Torre Llobeta and Turó de la Peira.

9)       Sant Andreu: La Sagrera, Congrés, Trinitat Vella, Bon Pastor, Sant Andreu, Navas, Baró de Viver

10)   Sant Martí: Diagonal Mar, Fort Pius, San Martí de Provençals, Poble Nou, La Verneda, El Clot, Vila Olímpica del Poblenou.


Gothic Quarter

The Gothic Quarter consists of narrow medieval streets and is also known as Barri Gotic. Here, you can see buildings dated from 15th century BC. Throughout the streets you will stumble upon lively bars, tapas restaurants and trendy boutiques. Alongside Barcelona’s medieval buildings are the remains of the ancient Roman city and the Temple d’August, the best preserved Roman relic in Barcelona. You can also visit the Placa del Rei, where you will see many medieval buildings, including the Palatine chapel of Santa Agata. Muralles romanes. The Gothic area is not only a fabulous to walk around, but has rich culture to take in.

Placa del Rei


This is the most stunning section of ancient Barcelona. It is in a square shape and outlined by Gothic buildings, topped by the facade of the former main Royal Palace and the watchtower. The King Square is the most dignified urban space of old Barcelona. On this grandiose square some of the most significant medieval buildings stand, such as: the Palau Reial Major containing the delicate Saló Tinell banqueting hall, the Chapel of Santa Agatha, and the Palau de Lloctinent.
La Rambla

La Rambla is full of street theaters, cafes, and market stalls. You can walk on La Rambla, visit the Gothic Quarter which is very close by, watch the excitement on the streets, and visit the shops and markets. The Boqueria is located on La Rambla. It is a tremendous market with anything and everything you could imagine. Dried fruit, candy, fish, meat, fruits, vegetables, and more! Whether just taking a stroll on La Rambla or spending the day exploring it, you are bound to encounter an amazing experience.

El Borne

This area is definitely known to be one of the trendiest spots in all of Barcelona. Calle Montcada, which is a medieval street, also houses the Picasso Museum and the Textile Museum. While wandering around El Borne, there is also a beautiful Cathedral that you come across. The Borne area is also known for its stylish boutiques and cute shoe shops, for that one of a kind item. Although somewhat pricey, these shops are definitely worth it! El borne is a picturesque part of Barcelona and has both great cafés and fun bars to drift around to at night.


Olympic Stadium

The Barcelona Olympic Stadium was home to the 1992 Summer Olympics. This stadium is open to visitors and is a very interesting site to see because of its history there.

Olympic Stadium

Spanish Village

El Poble Espanyol was built in 1929 for the Barcelona International Exhibition as the pavilion dedicated to art, it is the most typical regional architectural styles in Spain. El Poble Espanyol is a replica of all the towns and villages in the peninsula. This village is an ideal model and has 117 buildings, streets and squares which were created to the tee. Here you can taste Catalan Cava and their famous local sparkling wine! You can see a full multitude of craft shops and work shops and buy interesting pieces! At night there is a famous Flamenco show which you must see.

Monumental Bullring

La monumental were first inducted in 1914 with the first bull fight here. The building is bricked, made of Moor and Byzantine architecture. Not only can you watch a bull fight here, but you are able to attend music concerts and circus extravaganzas here.



Barcelona has over 68 parks. 12 of them being historic, 5 are thematic (otherwise known as botanical parks), 45 are urban parks, and 6 are forest parks. Of Barcelona’s parks, Montjuïc is the largest, Montjuïc can be walked up by foot and once there, you are able to see a panoramic view of the city and harbor. Ciutadella Park is the second largest park in Barcelona and lies in the place of the old military citadel and houses the Parliament building, the zoo, a boating lake and multiple museums. Other very famous parks throughout Barcelona are the Guinardó Park, Park Güell (designed by Antoni Gaudí and stated to be a world heritage site), Oreneta Castle Park, Diagonal Mar Park, Nou Barris Central Park, and Labyrinth Park named after the garden maze it contains


Barcelona in total has seven beaches. Sant Sebastià and Barceloneta beaches are the largest, oldest and the most visited beaches in Barcelona. The Olympic port separates them from the other city beaches: Nova Icària, Bogatell, Marbella, Nova Marbella and Levante. These beaches opened as a result of the city restructuring to host the 1992 Summer Olympics, when a great number of industrial buildings were demolished.

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso lived and worked on his art in what would be considered bohemian Barcelona. Picassos favorite sites throughout Barcelona would be considered Quatre Gats, Frisos del Col legi d’Arquitectes, Sala Pares, Escudellers Blancs, Carrer Avinyo, and you can visit Museu Picasso which exhibits works from the blue and pink periods of the world-famous painter. The museum is located at Montcada 15-23 and very close to Park Ciutadella

Antoni Gaudi

Antoni Gaudi was one of the most famous architects known in Barcelona. Gaudi’s major works would be considered Casa Vicens, College of the Teresianas, Crypt of the Church of Colónia Güell, Casa Calvet, Casa Batlló, Casa Milá, Park Güell, and Sagrada Família. Gaudi´s designs were almost always Modernisme or Art Nouveau. Throughout Barcelona you can see how beautiful his architecture is.335583039_e753f8844a          Park Guellla-sagrada-familia



March 31, 2009

Periodico CatalunyaFor class, we visited the news room of El Periódico. El Periódico is a successful newspaper that is commonly read in Spain. El Periódico is different from American newspapers because it possesses many unique characteristics.

El Periódico is a morning daily newspaper that is owned by Grupo Zeta that started around thirty years ago. The uniqueness of El Periódico is that it is published in two languages. The Spanish edition which is the red nameplate and the Catalan edition which is the blue nameplate, both editions combined sell more than 150,000 copies each day. El Periódico uses many graphics and is also a serious newspaper. El Periódico creates every page in color and makes uses many charts and pictures. El Periódico uses unique covers for its newspaper. For example, when President Obama was elected, the cover was Martin Luther King Jr. and it said “It’s not a dream.” El Periódico is a well thought out newspaper that is the third most popularly read newspaper in Spain.

The New York Times was founded in 1851 in New York City and is an American daily newspaper. The New York Times is the largest metropolitan newspaper in the U.S. and is nicknamed ´The Gray Lady¨ after its demure appearance and style. The New York Times is considered a national newspaper of record. The New York Times is a conservative, radical newspaper and has been family owned since 1896. The New York Times is owned by the New York Times Company which is also the publishers of the Boston Globe, the International Herald Tribune, and sixteen other newspapers. The motto of the NY Times is “All the News That’s Fit to Print.” The NY Times is organized into eight sections: News, Opinions, Business, Arts, Science, Sports, Style, and Features. The NY Times is a very old and successful newspaper, it has won 98 Pulitzer Prizes and it one of the most popularly visited news website.


Hotel Arts…

March 29, 2009

hotel-arts-signThis past weekend we celebrated my friends twenty first birthday. Since we weren’t traveling this weekend we decided to get a room at the Hotel Arts. Hotel Arts is a chain from the Ritz-Carlton. The hotel was gorgeous and very accommodating. You choose whether you want a water front or city view. Our hotel overlooked the city and was right in front of La Sagrada Familia. Before going out to celebrate her birthday, we made use of the hotels facilities. They offer a fitness center, casino, massages, a jacuzzi, Turkish/steam bath, and an outdoor swimming pool. As for rooms, you can get a standard room, a suite, or rent the apartments. We got a suite which had an extra living room because we wanted to be able to have people over. The hotel was very obliging to all of us. In the morning they offer room service or you can go downstairs for breakfast. We had the American breakfast which was delicious. When choosing somewhere to stay in Barcelona, I would certainly recommend considering Hotel Arts!


Paris, France

March 24, 2009

paris2This past weekend I travelled to Paris, France with my friends. We arrived in Paris late Thursday night famished looking for somewhere to eat. We ate at a local place by our hotel called Hippopotamus. This restaurant was casual and good. We were expectant that we would be viewed as Americans and immediately discriminated against, but it wasn’t as bad as we thought. We went back to the hotel and rested up for a full day of site seeing. On Friday we visited the Eiffel Tower and climbed it. You can take the elevator up and walk up it; the view from the top is incredibly beautiful. After this excursion we headed towards the Musee du Louvre. There we saw le Louvre from the inside and outside and visited the Mona Lisa which is such an exceptional work of art. We also saw the Venus de Milo which is a unique piece sculpture with an interesting story behind it. We walked through the gardens and shopped along the Champ d’elyse. After hours of shopping we ended our day at the Arc d’triumpf which is situated in the middle of a huge traffic circle and very pleasant to look at. That night we went to a small French restaurant which we enjoyed very much. On Saturday we went to the Jewish Quarter in the morning which was very cultural. It was very nice to see how this little section of town could be so detached from the center of the city. You must try the falafel in the Jewish Quarter and the callah! We walked around here, there were cute vintage stores and trendy boutiques that we shopped in and adored! We ate lunch at Breakfast in America which was created by a man from Connecticut and the food really hit the spot. After this we visited the Cathedral of Notre Dame and Montmartre. Both were striking and Montmartre was fun to just sit and listen to people play music and relax in the sun. Sunday we had an early flight out and didn’t make it to the Palace of Versailles although I have heard for several people that if you have the time to definitely make the trip there because it’s worth seeing!