Warm Greetings from Spain!!!
What a beautiful day!!
Hi everyone!! Hi Jonathan!!
First of all, I'm grateful for the opportunity and the trust the BBC staff placed in me by choosing me as this month’s student blogger. It’s a pleasure to be here!
Secondly, sorry in advance for all the mistakes I’ll surely make. I’m a non-English speaker, and writing skills have always been my weak points. I hope to improve them with your help ;) So, I appreciate that anyone correct me if I’m wrong, or you don’t understand what I’m talking about.
Now, let me introduce myself a little bit. I’m Silvia López. I’m 24. I come from Elche, a city close to Alicante in the southeast of Spain. I’ve lived in Elche since I was born. I’ve a sister, a sweet niece, and a lot of people who believe in me…..my family, my boyfriend, my friends, and my colleagues from “el quinto pino” or “ the back of beyond” (It’s the funny way to call the department where I’ve been working).
I’m finishing a degree in Telecommunications Engineering. Actually, I still haven’t finished it because I’ve to defend a final project to be an Engineer. I’ve been working hard on my project for the last year, and I’ll probably defend it about the middle of the next month..... I’m getting nervous about that.
Recently, the company where I was doing my project’s research offered me a job there. I’m really excited about working as a real Engineer, but I need to learn a lot...Sometimes I get the same feeling I got when I first tried to drive a car. At first I thought I’d never been able to achieve it, but in the end it was such an easy thing, that just needed practice and experience.
Well, I’ll give you a brief introduction about my hometown.
Elche is the third largest city in the Comunidad Valenciana region in terms of population size and resources. Elche (or Elx, in the Valencian dialect), as a Mediterranean city, has mild temperatures round the year, and more than 9 kilometers of beach coast. Actually, the beach coast is ten kilometers away from the city center, but in any case it’s just fifteen minutes by car.
The inhabitants of Elx are very proud of their city because Elx has achieved two world heritages status. The first one for its Palm Grove, which is extremely impressive (Palm Grove has over 200,000 palm trees) and ancient (the palm tree has been in Elx since prehistory). The second one has been achieved for The Elche Mystery Play, a lyrical drama dating from the Middles Ages that is the last surviving example of European medieval religious drama and is performed every year during the month of August. Also, Elx is the Spanish footwear capital and produce almost half of the footwear manufactured in Spain today.
Therefore, if someone decides to come to Spain, don’t forget to visit Elx and its surroundings. There are plenty of lovely Mediterranean cities, towns and beaches to discover here, and, of course, a lot of “fiesta”. This area is widely known because of its night life. Probably it’s due to the good climate here. If it was cold out, people wouldn’t hang out ‘til so late at night.
I’m not sure if some of you know something about the Spanish way of living (particularly the Mediterranean), culture, gastronomy (the delicious paella valenciana), etc…..if not, I’ll bring you up to date little by little.... By the way, Christmas is coming! Do you celebrate Christmas in your country? If so, what do you usually do for Christmas?. Do yo have any special plans?
Well, that's all for now! I accept any suggestions for the coming blogs. I’m open to any questions or topics :)
The first picture is an aerial photo of the city center and its Palm Grove. The second one shows a scene of the Elche Mystery Play. The last photo is a picture of my sister, her daughter and me that was taken last Christmas.
Leila: It was nice to get to know more about Finland and about you, as well. Hei!!
See you tomorrow!!
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