Park Güell

Park Güell is one of Barcelona’s most popular tourist attractions.

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Park Güell is located on Carmel Hill in Barcelona, Spain.

The man responsible for the design of the park is a very well known architect, Antoni Gaudí.

Park Güell was built between 1900 and 1914. However, it wasn’t officially opened as a public park until 1926.

Park Güell wasn’t originally built for the purpose of being a public park.  Eusebi Güell, the man that Park Güell was named after sought out Antoni Gaudí to construct the buildings of what is now known as Park Güell.

Eusebi Güell wanted to create an estate  for wealthy families to live. He assigned this job to Gaudí. Eusebi wanted to have a gated community for the elite people of Barcelona to reside. This gated community consisted of 60 houses surrounded by a beautiful park with magnificent views of the city. The building conditions were very restrictive. The height and placement of each of the 60 houses was very specific. Goudi positioned the houses so it would not block the view of sea as well as not blocking the sunlight from coming in.

Building a private estate for the aristocracy seemed like a good idea, however, it did not work out the way Eusebi Güell had hoped it would. Only two out of the 60 houses that were built were bought. As it happens, those two houses that were bought happened to not even be built by Gaudi. The very first person who purchased a plot in the park was Martí Trias i Domènech, a lawyer who was a friend of Güell. He purchased his plot in 1902 and hired architect, Juli Batllevell to help him build his house. The other house that was actually built, was designed by Francesc Berenguer, Gaudi’s assistant. This house was built by Josep Pardo i Casanovas and was a show house. in 1906 Gaudi decided to make the show house his home and he moved in and lived there with his father and niece. This is where Gaudi lived from 1906 to 1926. It was known as La Torre Rosa and today it houses the Gaudi museum.

This is a photograph of Gaudi’s home, where he lived for 20 years.

So how did what was once a private estate for the wealthy people of Barcelona to live all of a sudden turn into a public park?

The strict contracts to purchase one of of the plots as well as the location made people reluctant to buy a home. The location had a gorgeous view, however, it was far from the center of Barcelona and lacked viable transportation. With only two of the 60 houses being built and purchased the private estate turned into a large private garden. However, Güell allowed the private garden to be used for public events. Soon after that it became one of the most well known tourist attractions in Barcelona.

In 1926 Park Güell was officially opened as a municipal park. In 1963 Gaudi’s house was opened to public as Gaudi’s House Museum. In 1969 Park Güell was recognized as an artistic monument. 15 years later in 1984 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Park Güell looks like it came out of a fairytale. The beautiful mosaics and colorful tiles used in the creation of the buildings is absolutely gorgeous. It feels like a magical place. In not a shock that it became one of Barcelona’s most popular and well known tourist attractions that appear in many brochures and appears as the cover of many post cards. No matter who you are, if you are young or old Park Güell is a place that everyone would enjoy to see.https://twitter.com/hashtag/parkguell?lang=en

As you can see in this video, the architecture of the buildings in Park Güell is absolutely magnificent. Gaudi is one of the greatest architects of all time.

Antoni Gaudi is a Catalan Architect. He was born in 1852 and he passed away in 1924. Shortly after he passed Park Guell opened up as a public park. Gaudi’s architectural style is said to fall under the category of Modernism. From an early age Gaudi knew he wanted to  be an architect. Gaudi was a vert special and unique architect. His works were known for their natural forms. With Park Guell, Gaudi was able to make his imagination truly come to life. His architectural style was exactly was Guell was looking for when he hired him to create the park. He wanted colors, mosaics, gorgeous columns, and and anything else that would be jaw droppingly beautiful for the people to see. According to Mark Favermann, “Gaudi’s visual riddle was to use color symbolism and exotic shapes, forms and materials to demarcate the allegorical areas between heaven and earth.”

Gaudi’s claim to fame was not only from the creation of Park Guell. He is also the man responsible for the design of La Sagrada Familia. He began working on La Sagrada Familia in 1883. When he began working on La Sagrada Familia he stopped working on all of his other projects at the time to give as much focus and dedication as he could to the church. The style of the church consisted of Gaudi’s equilibrated methods as well as the Gothic and Art Nouveau styles. Gaudi perished before La Sagrada Familia was complete. To this day La Sagrada Familia still is not complete. As of today the church is only 70% complete. The goal however, is to complete the church by 2026. Although Gaudi isn’t alive to help complete the work he is still given the credit for the architectural design of the church. There is still construction being done on it. La Sagrada Familia is located on Career de Mallorca, 401. Overall Gaudi’s claim to fame was Park Guell and La Sagrada Familia.

This is a video of a tourist traveling in Barcelona. After she arrived and was settled in the first thing she did was go and see Park Guell. Park Guell has had such a positive impact on Barcelona. When people come to the city for a few days it is almost always guaranteed that they will visit Park Guell.

The Story of Perseverance: Valentí Sanjuan

Life has many ups and downs. It’s important to not let too many hardships keep you down. There is always something good to look forward to.  Valentí Sanjuan is a prime example of someone who truly persevered through some very tough times and came out of it all on top.

Valentí lost his mother to cancer and shortly after that he lost his job and his girlfriend. Not every human would be able to get through all of that the way he did.

Instead of remaining unemployed and sulking in his grief, Sanjuan decided to start his own agency, Gordon Seen.

 

After all the tragedies  occurred in Sanjuan’s life he was finally in a good place with his new company as well as with his television program Visto Lo Visto. But then he began to run and compete in competitions and thats when his business and popularity truly took off.

There are tons of people who run to get rid of their grief. Exercise is a way to free your brain and get out of your head. However, most people don’t decide to join an extremely tough and rigorous competition only 2 months before it actually starts. This is what Valentí Sanjuan did with the Ironman of Lanzarote.

The race starts off with swimming. The swim takes place at Playa Grande, Puerto del Carmen.

This picture is a bit deceiving. It looks absolutely beautiful but swimming in that for hours when it is super hot out cannot be easy. The swimming section of the race is 3.8km long which is over 2 miles.  Included in the 3.8km is a 20 meter run on the sand, in the strong  heat. After the swimming part of the race is the bike section. Valentí Sanjuan had to bike a distance of 182.2km. That wasn’t even the last part of the race. The final part of the race came after and it was the 42.2km run.

Valentí Sanjuan documented his journey throughout the race and posted it on his YouTube channel.

If you think this race looks tough it doesn’t even compare to how difficult the Ultraman competition looked. Ultraman took place in Hawaii so you can only imagine how hot it was. The strength and courage that one would have to have to put themselves out there and compete in these races is huge. Not only did Valentí Sanjuan just compete but he also let the world watch him compete. He put it all out there for the world to see.

No matter who you are, participating in marathons can give you the confidence and release that everyone needs sometimes. Valentí Sanjuan took the liberty of assisting someone who couldn’t run on their own due to being in a wheel chair and let them feel like they were truly apart of the race. He gave this person a day that she will remember and cherish forever. 

 

 

The Rise of Citizen Journalism

Citizen journalism is defined by the collection, dissemination, and analysis of news and information by the general public, especially by means of the Internet. With citizen journalism, average citizens are spreading news through applications such as twitter, blogs, Facebook etc. This can be good and bad.

First lets talk about the disadvantages of citizen journalism.

Citizen journalists have no real training. This  confuses the public on deciding what to believe and what not to believe. In traditional journalism, the facts that are written are considered to be more accurate because it is a professional writing them. With citizen journalism it is just a regular person reporting the facts so no one can be sure if it’s fully accurate.

Another disadvantage of citizen journalism is that is has a much smaller audience than traditional journalism. By publishing on social media accounts only those who follow the account will get to see their story. This limits the amount of people who will see their story and prevents it from spreading across the world. Traditional journalists get their stories published on the radio or the television. This is international broadcasting that allows the world to see their story.

Now lets talk about the advantages of citizen journalism.

One of the main advantages of citizen journalism is that it gives everyone a voice. With citizen journalism you don’t have to have professional training and experience in order to have your voice heard. As long as you have access to technology you can post about whatever you want using twitter, blog websites and many other social media applications. The shooting of Michael Brown that took place in Ferguson, Missouri is a great example of citizen journalism. The people who saw the shooting took place, they were just regular people who became citizen journalists after seeing what happened. Twitter user @TheePharoah saw the shooting of Michael Brown take place first hand. He  went with the philosophy see something, say something. Immediately after the shooting occurred he posted a tweet on twitter and it went viral. Following the tweet, he then posted a photo of all the cops at the scene.

The use of social media was able to give a random citizen the tools to have his voice heard. It was important for the cops to not get away with what they did. Without citizen journalism this story would have taken much longer for the public to find out about it.

Everyone has something important to say. With citizen journalism everyones voice is heard. If you want to publish a story you should be allowed to publish a story regardless of what credentials you may have. In my opinion citizen journalism has many more advantages than it does disadvantages.

 

 

 

 

 

Broadway

My family is very big on broadway shows. My mom has been taking me to NYC to see broadway shows for as long as I can remember. I love Manhattan. I always have so much fun going into the city with my family to see a show. I have seen many shows in my lifetime but I definitely have a few favorites.

My favorite show of all time is American Idiot. The soundtrack of that play was incredible. The show was such an amazing representation of the Green Day album, American Idiot.

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21 guns was my favorite song in the musical. I listened to it on repeat for at least a week after I saw the show. If it ever comes back to broadway I highly recommend you go see it.

Another show that I really enjoyed was Hamilton. Hamilton was probably one of the coolest shows I’ve ever seen. The music was so unique for a broadway show. I remember just sitting there stunned by how amazing it was. Right after the first song, I knew the show was going to be incredible. Hamilton won the Pulitzer prize for drama and it definitely deserved the award. Hamilton won 11 Tonys, including the Tony for best musical. It’s so cool that Lin-Manuel Miranda, the man who wrote the play, also played Alexander Hamilton.

This is my favorite song from the musical. Right after the show I downloaded the soundtrack and could not stop listening to it. I tend to become obsessed with shows very easily. Once I see a show that I love it becomes my favorite.

I also really enjoyed all the classic broadway shows. Mama Mia was amazing. I saw it so many years ago along with Hairspray, The Lion King, Rent, and many more. I still listen to the soundtracks to all these shows. I probably have memorized every word to all the songs in Rent and Mama Mia. Dancing Queen, Money Money Money, and Mama Mia. Those songs will never get old.

I went to London last weekend and really wanted to see Dream Girls but I didn’t end up getting a chance to see it. I was only in London for a weekend and there was so much that I wanted to do. I went to London Years ago with my family. When I was there my parents took me to see 2 shows. We saw Billy Elliot and Mary Poppins. I was really young when I saw them but from what I remember they were really good. Nothing beats broadway in NYC tho. Billy Elliot and Mary Poppins were great shows though.

When I get home from Spain I really want to see Dear Evan Hansen. I heard it was amazing.

New City, New Weekend

Life abroad is so much different than life at home. I don’t have class on fridays here which is the most amazing thing because that allows me to be able to travel on the weekends. At home, at the University of Delaware I’ve always had class on fridays. This past semester I didn’t finish class until 4:25pm!

Traveling is one of my favorite things to do. I have a list of all the places I want to go while I’m here and I am realizing that there aren’t enough weekends for me to go to them all. Before coming here the places that I planning on traveling too were:

London, England

Paris, France

Berlin, Germany

Budapest, Hungary

Ibiza, Spain

Lisbon, Portugal

Prague, Czech Republic

Copenhagen, Denmark

Rome, Florence, Venice,  Italy

Madrid, Seville, Granada, Valencia, Mallorca Spain

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Dublin, Ireland

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I have all my trips booked already and I am not making it to all the cities in that list. But I am hitting a fair amount. So far I have gone to Rome, Amsterdam, Berlin, and London. I loved each city so much. Berlin was absolutely freezing when I visited but I still managed to have a great time. I saw all the historic sights and experienced the nightlife that Berlin is known for. Amsterdam was by far the prettiest city out of the bunch, in my opinion. Wandering around the streets in Amsterdam was my favorite thing to do. Everything was so pretty and quaint. I took a canal tour. I got to see so much of the city while floating through the canals in a boat.

One picture of Amsterdam would not do the city justice. One major thing about Amsterdam that I noticed is that everyone rides bikes. I couldn’t even tell you the amount of times me and my friend almost got run over by a biker. In Amsterdam, the bikers have the right of way, not the walkers. So if you are walking I recommend you be extra careful and really look both ways. If you have ever seen or read The Fault in Our Stars by John Greene like I have walking through the streets of Amsterdam can get a little emotional. If you’ve read the book or seen the movie you’ll know what I mean.

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This was by far the most emotional scene of the movie for me.

Each city I travel to I truly do fall in love. When I left Amsterdam I could not stop talking about how much I loved it. I told everyone I wanted to move there. But then I go to London the next weekend and say the same exact thing.

Barcelona–>Rome

I have dreamt of going abroad ever since I was 16. I always knew I        wanted to go somewhere in Europe but I wasn’t sure where. My older brother studied abroad in Spain. He came back loving it so much that I knew I had to study there too.

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Studying in Barcelona, it is so easy to travel to different cities over the weekends.

My very first trip I took was to Rome, Italy. Trying to see a whole city in 3 days is tough but I can definitely say I saw basically the whole city. Rome is a lot bigger than Barcelona, Rome is 496 miles. Barcelona is only 39 miles.

The very first place I went to when I was in Rome was Vatican City. We went through the whole Vatican museum and it was amazing. The most amazing part about the museum, in my opinion, was the Sistine Chapel. The ceilings were the most incredible thing to look at.

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Michael Angelo is one of the most impressive artists of all time. The detail and hard work he must have had to put into the Sistine Chapel is unimaginable.

In Vatican City, we also visited St. Peter’s Basilica. I have to say that the Basilica completely topped the Sistine Chapel. The construction of the Basilica started in 1506 and wasn’t completed until 1626 which is much longer than the construction took for the Sistine Chapel. The construction of the Sistine Chapel began in 1473 and wasn’t finished until 1483. St. Peter’s Basilica is an Italian Renaissance church in Vatican City. The architects who constructed the Basilica were Michele Angelo, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Raphael and a few others.

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The inside of the St. Peters Basilica was absolutely breathe taking. I climbed up 551 stairs to get to the top of the Basilica. The view was beyond worth it though.

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The food was also so amazing. Two restaurants in particular really stood out. For dinner one night I went to Taverna Trilussa. I had spaghetti carbonara and my friend had ravioli and it was absolutely delicious.

Most famous ravioli in Rome..been waiting two years for these #RavioliMimosa

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If you are ever in Rome I definitely recommend going to Taverna Trilussa. I also recommend going to Dar Poeta. I walked inside and did not expect it to be so amazing. But I have to say, I have never had such incredible pizza before. dar-poetapizzaThis is the pizza I ordered and it tasted just as good as it looks.

If you are ever in Europe I definitely recommend going to Rome. It is an amazing city. There is so much to see. Once you think you’ve seen it all, you’ll realize you haven’t.

The Rise of Mobile Journalism

Smartphones and iPads have recently become a journalists best friend. More than 1.5 billion people have smartphones all over the world. 75% of those who own smartphones use them to watch videos online.

In 1990 cell phones were nothing compared to what they are like to do. Now a days there is nothing that our smartphone can’t do.

Smartphones do so much. They let you text, take pictures, take videos, detail your location, get the weather, measure distances and so much more.

Journalists have used mobile devices to cover some of the biggest news stories. Journalist have used mobile devices for events such as the Arab Spring, the Boston Marathon Bombing, Ferguson, the outbreak of Ebola, and the Ottawa shooting.

Journalists use live stream to broadcast live videos. This is such a fast and easy way to get their stories out for the world to see. https://livestream.com/timcast/events/3477619/videos/69427680This is a video depicts some of what went on in Ferguson, Missouri. When you see something it is now very easy to say something. With all the digital tools we have it is not hard at all to spread news. Immediately after a police officer killed an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, the internet broke out with this news.

@TheePharoah was the very first person to break the news about what happened. From having his cell phone on him alone he was able to take photos of what was going on around him and he was the first person to post about it.

Being a credible witness is such an important thing for journalists to have. It is so much different writing about something you heard about than writing about something you actually saw for yourself. Antonio French, a journalist from St Louis, Missouri, posted a serious  of pictures and videos of what he saw the policemen do. He captured all these videos by himself on his mobile phone. Antonio and a few other journalists who captured videos of the policemen’s actions were all taken into custody for recording the videos.

Journalism can be a very scary and intense career. Capturing a story sometime’s comes with pretty big consequences. Ferguson is a great example of seeing something wrong with the world and not just standing by and watching. It’s important to publicize it for the world to see. People should not get away with committing unlawful actions.

Citizen journalists are doing great things and people are always eager to read their next story.

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