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From Barcelona with Love: Parc Creueta

auslandspraktikum-curso-reisejournalismus-barcelona-cover-august14Barcelona is full of wonderful surprises – it is up to the smart traveller to veer off the beaten track and discover what this city has to offer. The Parc Creueta del Coll is located near the Parc Guel, however this park has a strictly ‘local’ atmosphere, and is most definitely off the tourist track. It is not easy to find from the main road or the metro station as it is not signposted. Those intending on visiting should bring a map. Once you have made the trek up the hilly streets, a dip in the refreshing splash pool will make the journey worth the while! The park is located in a crater that emerged from years of quarrying in the area. It is this natural beauty that gives the park its charm. Visitors are able to climb to the top of the stairs and take in the views of the city. The main attraction to the park however, is the refreshing splash pool. For visitors who want somewhere quaint to cool down on hot days, the Parc Creueta will provide a refreshing change of scenery. A trip to Parc Creueta is a treat for those in search of a relaxing an afternoon, mixing with local Barcelonans.

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The student friendly guide to Barcelona: Barceloneta Beach

auslandspraktikum-curso-reisejournalismus-barcelona-cover-aug14Barceloneta (Little Barcelona) is the traditional sailors’ and fishermen’s quarter in Ciutat Vella (Old City). After the Olympic Games in 1992, Barcelona opened up to the sea and completely renovated its beaches. The astoundingly beautiful Mediterranean Sea is one of Barcelona’s best features. You can stroll along the boardwalk, go for a cooling swim or simply breathe in the fresh sea air whilst relaxing in the sun. The neighbourhood slightly loses its maritime atmosphere, particularly in the summer months, but it remains a great place to eat, drink and people watch! The seafront is lined with lots of restaurants serving the freshest local fish specialties. Due to its close proximity to the city centre, it’s no surprise that it’s the busiest beach of them all, but it’s still easy to find a good spot close to the water. It can be overrun with relentless vendors shouting ‘mojitos!’, ‘massages!’, ‘beer!’ and selling strange rugs. Apart from that, it’s the perfect place to escape from the La Rambla hoards and to cool yourself down in the refreshing Mediterranean Sea.

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Pase Lo Bien En Madrid: Madrid’s Green Secret

PaseLoBienEnMadrid-coverJust a short walk away from the Alonso Martínez Metro Station lies the Museo del Romanticismo (National Museum of Romanticism). From the front it looks like a normal art museum; however don’t judge a book by its cover, inside the Museum hosts its own little secret. It has a secluded garden café that transports you a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life, with only the sounds of the fountain centrepiece and the relaxed conversations of the locals to keep you company. With regal chandeliers inside and a picturesque garden setting outside it just oozes a charmingly sophisticated atmosphere for all to enjoy, especially with a glass of wine from 3€, or even with one of their affordable Breakfast or Lunch offers with prices ranging from 2.50€ to 12.50€.

This idyllic scene provided by the garden café is definitely something worth visited if you are looking for the romanticstyle havens of Madrid, or even a quaint place to visit with friends and family.

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Madrid En Una Maleta

madrid-cover-2014-cursoMadrid has a greater diversity of independent shops, street markets and high-end boutiques than any other city in Spain, so it is definitely worth going shopping here. Begin your shopping excursion by arriving nice and early at Chueca Metro station for breakfast or brunch at one of the many cafes in the lively and buzzing Plaza Chueca. Take in the laid-back Madrileñian lifestyle as you sip on your milky cortado coffee, as you will see a distinct variety of people pass by. Breakfast over, take a leisurely walk along one of Madrid’s side streets to Calle De Hortaleza, taking in the pretty balcony gardens. Once on Calle De Hortaleza, begin your shopping by exploring traditional and vintage stores. As you walk closer to Gran Via – the main shopping strip, you will find a shift towards more modern and wellknown names such as MAC, The Body Shop and H&M.
You may notice there are many shoe shops; and as you can tell, walking is popular in Madrid so a good stylish pair of shoes is a must-buy. In particularly, espadrilles! They are probably Madrid’s greatest fashion accessory…. after the fan, of course! Before heading straight to the stores that we all know and love, explore the other local stores first, as you are guaranteed a bargain. Don’t forget that between 3pm and 5pm, certain local stores are likely to close for siesta. This is a great time to take a break at a bar or restaurant to try something new to eat. Madrid has more bars and restaurants than any other city in Spain, so cool down with a local drink. A personal recommendation is the thirst quenching Tinto de Verano or a refreshing mojito! As you draw closer to Gran Via, it will get busier and you will certainly be stopped by some interesting and friendly people, letting you know where you can go to eat. Once you arrive at Gran Via, the decision is yours as to which direction to go; each turn is like going down a rabbit hole of surprises.

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Viva Los Madrileños

curso_reisejournalismus_praktikum_sprachreise_madrid_2014Madrid hat vielen bedeutenden Charakteren in Vergangenheit und Gegenwart enorme Inspiration in Bereichen wie der Kunst, dem Kino, Sport und Politik gegeben. Die Kreativität der Akteure ist heute in den zentralen Stadtteilen der spanischen Hauptstadt präsent. Auch während der Curso/CTR Projekte Reisejournalismus und Spanisch dient uns die große Vergangenheit Madrids immer wieder als hervorragende Quelle der Inspiration. Im Rahmen der Recherche für das Projekt-Buch können unsere Studierenden in Madrid den Spuren der zahlreichen berühmten Persönlichkeiten in der Hauptstadt folgen. Dem kreativen Flair im pulsierenden Madrid folgen. Den ökonomischen Problemen Spaniens zum Trotz ist Madrid eine kreative Besonderheit und Schönheit in Europa geblieben und entwickelt sich jeden Tag weiter. Berühmte Menschen, die tatsächlich in der Stadt geboren wurden, sind gar nicht so zahlreich. Madrid war immer ein Anziehungspunkt für Kreative aus aller Welt. Aber auch geborene Madrileños drücken der Stadt ihren Stempel auf.

Miguel de Cervantes war während des Goldenen Zeitalters der Kultur im sechzehnten und frühen siebzehnten Jahrhundert einer der produktivsten und kreativsten spanischen Schriftsteller. Er wurde eine halbe Autostunde von Madrid entfernt in der alten Hauptstadt Toledo geboren. Wir verdanken ihm zahlreiche Theaterstücke und Gedichte von denen sein wohl berühmtestes Buch Don Quijote de la Mancha, das als erster moderner Roman gilt, noch heute als ultimatives Meisterwerk bewundert wird.

Luis Buñuel war Salvador Dali freundschaftlich sowie künstlerisch eng verbunden. Er war ein besonders kreativer Filmregisseur des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts. Ursprünglich inspiriert von Dalis surrealistischen Werken schuf Buñuel zahlreichen Surrealismus in bewegten Bildern. Im Laufe seiner Karriere kamen eine Vielzahl von Filmen aus verschiedenen künstlerischen Bereichen hinzu; darunter bedeutende Werke wie Viridiana, Belle de Jour, und Le
Fantôme de la Liberté.

Penelope Cruz ist die wohl bekannteste Leinwandschönheit Spaniens, geboren in Madrid. Hier begann ihre Karriere im Alter von sechzehn Jahren die sie bis nach Hollywood führte. Sie blieb ihrer wundervollen Heimatstadt sehr verbunden.

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spotted: Barcelona

cover_back_travel_writing_curso_ctr_barcelonaBarcelona contributes to the international arts scene not only in a physical sense with its galleries, vibrant architecture and lively entertainment, but also more timelessly via the film industry. The city has featured in many films and Barcelona’s history and energy have preserved it as a place of intrigue for film directors.

The centrality of Barcelona in the Spanish Civil War prompted Ken Loach to reference the city in Land and Freedom (1995), a film about the involvement of a Liverpudlian socialist in the POUM militia to combat fascism. One of the most recognisable scenes is the factionalist battle fought among the left along Las Ramblas.

¡Gaudeix! All of our love, The spotted Barcelona Team
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Impression Spanisch und Reisejournalismus in Madrid

curso_eg_travel_writing_spanisch_madridMadrid scheint im April nur ein bisschen loco. Zur Zeit des Curso/CTR Live Projektes in Madrid im Sommer sieht es etwas anders aus: hoher loco Faktor. Wir freuen uns auf das Reisejournalismus Projekt! Redaktion Curso/CTR