Monday, November 14, 2011

Spanish wedding: parte dos

I promised more photos of Spanish wedding fashion and here they are! 

Lovely ladies at the wedding!
 The beautiful bride, Amaya. It's a little blurry because it was raining and dark at 6pm haha. 
My Spanish wedding guest fashion. Did it make the cut? I think so... all of Alberto's girlfriends really liked it! (and I did too)
The survivors of the night, shutting down the bars in Burgos at 7 am. Que vivan los novios!

Diosssssss I love Spanish weddings. 

Travel Spotlight: Northern Spain

Over the recent long weekend or puente I had the opportunity to see a little part of Galicia and Cantabria, two provinces in the north of Spain. The north of Spain never ceases to amaze me because it is so different from the center and south of Spain. Like something out of Ireland, its full of a lush green landscape and georgeous beaches. I don't feel much like writing today so I'll let the pictures do the talking.
Playa de las Catedrales, Galicia

Playa de las Catedrales, Galicia

Vegadeo, Asturias

Playa de las Catedrales, Galicia

Playa de las Catedrales, Galicia

Playa de las Catedrales, Galicia

Mussels, Galicia

Santander, Cantabria

Santillana del Mar, Cantabria

Comillas, Cantabria
San Vicente de la Barquera, Cantabria

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Politics baby

Right now, its election time in Spain. Although elections generally get a lot of public attention no matter what country you're in (and even more in the US). However, with 5 million people unemployed and one of the worst economies in the EU, elections are kind of a big deal this year.  

Here in Spain the parties are not allowed to campaign until 2 weeks before the elections which is actually pretty refreshing. Elections will be November 20th and last Monday the ONLY debate in the entire campaign took place. It was between the 2 candidates for the 2 major Spanish parties. First up there is the incumbent party, PSOE(otherwise known as the socialist party). Things aren't looking so good for PSOE seeing as they have been in power for the entirety of la crisis and many people blame them for how bad the situation has gotten. The man that's stepping up to the plate is Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba. 
He's got quite a job trying to win the election and most people (myself included) think that PSOE is on its way out. While I can't blame Spaniards for wanting a change in party, I think the economic crisis runs much deeper. 

The other major party is the more conservative Partido Popular or PP. Their candidate is Mariano Rajoy and they are almost certain to win by a landslide.  
On Monday, both candidates met for a simple debate about the economy, public healthcare and education, and the state of the country. While it was a little on the boring side and Rajoy hardly looked up from his notes, (many times I got lost/zoned out for one minute and had no idea what they were talking about), it was nice to have a debate without all the hype and glitz. Only one week until elections and people are very excited to vote this year. I guess that's one good part about being in an economic crisis.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

How to dress for a Spanish wedding

I know you are dying to know right? I have the priveledge to be invited to a second Spanish wedding so I can give you the 411 on how to look your best. For first wedding I went to back in June I was very nervous to see what people would wear and if my guiri-ness would be on full display. It was a summer wedding so I was expecting sun dresses with some people who would be more dressy than others. But Spanish fashion is a fickle friend and I felt like I was at the prom rather than a summer wedding. This is what I wore:
 A dress that I thought was pretty normal and appropriate for a summer wedding. However, I felt almost underdressed. Let's check out what else to wear to a Spanish wedding:

Exhibit A: The sevillana look. 
This young lady was dressed to the nines complete with a fascinator and a skirt that was completely made of fringe (unfortunately you can't see it). Yes you read that right...fringe. I guess its advantages are that it moves well on the dance floor?
Exhibit B: The flapper look.
Check out those ruffles...and that lace. Nuff' said. 

 Exhibit C: Casino showgirl look. 
My personal favorite, she caught my eye with a dress made entirely of sequins. Oooohhh shiiiiiiiiiiiny. 
Exhibit D: The Geisha look. 
You can't see the full glory of this one but it's exotic and shiny...woo!
Exhibit E: Middle-school dance look. 
When I saw this all I could think about was the what I wore to the Spring Fling in the 8th grade. And what you see at JC Penny's on clearance after prom. A classic look really. 
And finally Exhibit F: The Jungle Fever look. 
A floor length dress that doubles for a wedding and for camoflauge in the Amazon. Awesome!
Ok, ok I might be poking a little too much fun at the Espanish but seriously it was all I could do to not laugh at some of the fashion at the wedding. I can't wait to see what people wear to this one although you'll have to wait to see what I wear!