Post Tagged with: "Spain"

31Oct
2010

Shot of the Week

Everything about the Alhambra in Granada, Spain and its surrounding area is awe-inspiring. I was passing through, jaw dropped and eyes wide, with my family in late October 2008 when I noticed this perfectly framed scene. –Karina for TKGO

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12Aug
2010

Spanish Drinking Culture

A friend of mine from study abroad recently pointed me toward a Time article about Barcelona’s battle against drunk tourists. The “sensitivity campaign” the city launched includes posters with the universally understood stick figure instructing tourists how not to act, as well as a happy hour ban. It’s an admirable effort to get tourists to respect the city and send the message that Gaudi’s playground is no Cancun.       While studying abroad in Barcelona, my friends and I […]

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30Apr
2010

TKGO City Guides, Barcelona Launches

Well, it’s finally here: TKGO City Guides, Barcelona is up for your pleasure, enjoyment and planning. Listings include finds like a restaurant that bottles its own sparkling wine and a retro amusement park on top of the tallest mountain in Barcelona, not to mention an absinthe bar once frequented by the likes of Hemingway. Check back on TKGO City Guides, Naples, too, for some new additions. And as always, we’d love to hear your comments and feedback. –Tara and Karina […]

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2Mar
2010

Akram Khan and Cross-Cultural Dance

Akram Khan’s bahok came to Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art Stage this past weekend, and since Karina works at the MCA we were able to secure tickets to the show before the rush. We were eager to attend; Karina had been hearing all of the (well-deserved) hype at work, and Tara is taking a Cultural Studies of Dance class at Northwestern and learning how to talk about dance, the issue of what’s an “authentic” cultural representation and how a message is communicated to an audience. But even if we had just wandered into the show, we’re certain we would have been just as riveted throughout the entire entertaining and thought-provoking 75-minute show.

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1Feb
2010

Contemporary Tchochkes

In Barcelona I discovered a shopping secret: Museum stores. A museum store is the ideal place to find souvenirs not sold on every corner of whichever city you’re in, or to pick up personal gifts for family and friends. From gorgeous, glossy coffee table books to artsy jewelry and home wares, they’re full of things you never knew you needed — or at least really wanted. When I began interning at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago about a month […]

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26Nov
2009

A TKGO Thanksgiving

We are thankful for… Northwestern’s Intercampus shuttle, which gets us into one of the country’s most vibrant, tasty cities — Chicago — in record time and for free. Mayan hot chocolate, particularly at ice skating rinks. Flights that aren’t delayed or canceled. European scarves that cost five euros on the street but still manage to keep us warm and looking trendy. WordPress for blogging made easy. The last year of our lives, which for Tara meant living in Buenos Aires, […]

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24Oct
2009

A Compás (In the Rhythm)

One of the nation’s top flamenco troupes—Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company—visited Northwestern University’s Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, and we managed to secure tickets before it sold out. Below are our reactions to the event. (Here’s a hint: We were mesmerized the whole two and a half hours.) To peek at what we saw, watch the video below (which isn’t actually from the show at Pick). Tara’s Take My flamenco background is by no means extensive—I’m the only one wearing a red skirt […]

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5Oct
2009

What’s in a Cup?

No matter the country, climate, language or culture, every place I’ve visited harbors locals who love coffee. I’d even be bold enough to coin it the drink of the world. What fascinates me about coffee is that countries vary in how they create and take their coffee. This is probably obvious to most, but is a relatively new discovery for me. See, it took me years to get into the bean, and I only came to appreciate a cup when […]

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27Sep
2009

On the Street

And ready with small bills and change I could sit and watch a good street performer for hours. What really fascinates me about these all-the-world’s-a-stage artists is how much they vary from city to city and, directly related, how they really reflect and capture something about where they are. One of my favorite performers was a combination tap dancer, ball-bouncer and juggler in Barcelona. He was always precise and concentrated, and glanced up at the crowd when his routines ended […]

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