A Very Spanish Day at UC Berkeley

Happy Friday! I’m pleased to share a guest post by a young man from Murcia who lives at International House. Juan Antonio Perez Lopez, or “Juanan” for short, shares his experience cooking paella for a homeless shelter, followed by a celebration of Spanish culture back home at I-House. I’ll try to get his family paella recipe before he moves back to Spain. There’s a translation in Spanish at the end of the English version. Enjoy!

I-House: Where UC Berkeley Meets the World

On Wednesday, April 24th we had the opportunity to live a very Spanish day in Berkeley, 12,000 km away from my home in Spain. (For Spanish speakers, I have included a translation of this article en español below.)

The day began with a very special activity suggested by Paulina, another a Program Assistant in the International House Program Office. She organized an activity with the Berkeley Food and Housing Project, for which we cooked over 100 servings of paella in a homeless shelter. It was a beautiful experience, and also very special for me because we used my family’s paella recipe. Even though I have seen paella being made every Sunday for as long as I can remember, neither I nor the rest of our team (who were from many countries such as Nepal, Germany, USA, and Italy) had ever cooked paella in our lives.

We practiced making paella…

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Love is in the air

The Camino Provides

Calling all Camino couples! You know who you are. Perhaps you met on the Camino and fell in love. Maybe you were newlyweds who walked the Camino for a honeymoon. Or an established couple who wanted to mix things up and test your relationship. Perhaps you walked alone and came to the conclusion that someone back home is your true love. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, so they say.

I wonder how many marriage proposals happened as a result of the Camino. It seems the Camino works in mysterious ways.  Is it something in the water or the Spanish wine?  I think there’s something in the air.

Love is in the air

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Favorite Camino YouTube Videos

Over the last few months I’ve found a few helpful and amusing videos on YouTube about tips for the Camino de Santiago.  Last week, instead of doing my usual Friday Favorites post,  I created a new page that has a selection of these videos embedded into playlists.  Check it out: Camino Films and Videos.

I also did something even more ambitious. I created a new YouTube channel and published my first gear review video. Being in front of the camera doesn’t come easy for me as I have always been a shy girl. I’d rather be behind the scenes promoting someone or something else.  However, I was inspired by some of these DIY videographers who are sharing Camino knowledge on YouTube in very creative ways: Continue reading