Reading, Writing, Walking
Thursday, June 30, 2005
L'Auberge Espagnole
I don't know if any of you have seen this movie. I just saw it this afternoon -- it would have been perfect for the class to see this all together! (Especially Jo, since you lived in Spain for a while!)

Anyway, I'll post the summary from Amazon (because I'm too lazy to write my own review). Basically the movie's about traveling, living in a foreign country, meeting new people, and writing about the whole experience.

FROM AMAZON.COM: An absolute delight, L'Auberge Espagnole captures a moment in a life, seemingly about nothing and everything all at once. Xavier (Romain Duris), a young Parisian not sure what his life is about, decides to spend a year in Barcelona studying economics--leaving behind his unhappy girlfriend (Audrey Tautou, Amélie) but joining an international mix of students in a hectic, crowded apartment. Arguing and partying with his British, German, Danish, and Italian roommates--not to mention getting lessons in love from a Belgian lesbian (Cecile De France) so that he can seduce a friend's wife (Judith Godreche, Ridicule)--Xavier learns more about life than economics. The movie, beautifully shot on digital video, has a freshness and spontaneity that make its simple events--a series of arguments and flirtations--feel like a miniature portrait of the European Union as it comes into focus (the title can be translated as "Euro pudding"). Vibrant, charming, and all-around entertaining.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005
the peach facade
San Agustin Church, Intramuros
UNESCO World Heritage Site
taken June 10, 2005

Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Welcome Aboard!
Hi, there!

Welcome to the FHL travel writing workshop blog. This space is still, well, a space, but I hope you won't be shy about posting your stories and sharing your comments here. For now, we're using it as a forum for the current workshop, but this is meant to be a friendly place where we can continue to update one another, even after we wrap up our sessions.

Thanks, everyone. I hope to see your stories here soon.


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