Metaformose ambulante

DSC04638O que é o ser mulher? Como se definir em uma avalanche de pensamentos, hormônios, mudanças de humor… Como se comportar diante de uma cultura que exige muito mais do que retribui?

Agora mesmo lembrei dos tempos da adolescência, anos duros para qualquer ser humano. É quando ocorre a mais dolorosa de todas as mudanças, o deixar de ser criança para o início da fase adulta. Um mundo completamente novo a se descobrir.

Na adolescência é quando os meninos, todos grandes tolos, largam as antigas feições para se tornarem, rapazes lindos e interessantes. Em nós mulheres afloram os desejos por um sexo oposto nunca antes percebido como tal. Agora os homens são alvo de desejo, parece que nos braços deles estaremos seguras. Antes uns idiotas, agora incríveis rapazes. Como se comportar diante de tão drástica mudança?

Sem contar as mudanças de humor e a sensibilidade aguda que nos afligem. Os hormônios, enlouquecidos, alteram o humor umas 100 vezes ao dia. Bipolaridade ou mudança hormonal? Como se controlar? O que pensar? Como agir? Chorar, sorrir, fugir ou ficar? Ser a mesma bobona, risonha e falastrona ou agir de forma delicada, com movimentos suaves, e se tonar a menina dos olhos…?

Infelizmente esse dilema segue, é algo que me perco até hoje na fase adulta. Como se comportar diante do mundo?

Existe uma necessidade de ser tudo de melhor que os padrões sociais nos impõe. Ao mesmo tempo que tenho vontade de dizer “fodam-se”, não consigo. Me sinto atada, amarrada na minha própria cultura.

A verdade é que não estou interessada em revolucionar os padrões estéticos e sociais, só que me vejo, muitas vezes, perdida. Quando isso acontece, tento simplesmente ser eu mesma. Ou o que se pode entender sobre “ser eu mesma”, nem eu sei o que é isso… Um objeto, um aliem, uma metamorfose ambulante…

Com certeza a melhor forma de definir seria “uma metamorfose ambulante”, porém já que perdida em dita metamorfose, defino para mim mesmo que o melhor é seguir os instintos. Sentir o meio e se adaptar, sem claro, se tornar uma marionete plasmada pelos tempos da igualdade. A final, a diversidade é linda!

Comecei a escrever, me perguntando “o que é ser mulher?”.

A resposta é “nem ideia”, mas como dizia a música do Raul Seixas: “Prefiro ser essa metamorfose ambulante, do que ter aquela velha opinião formada sobre tudo”.

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Valencia em Fallas 2014

Iniciou sexta-feira, 01.03.14, as Fallas, a festa mais tradicional de Valencia, Espanha. Durante os dias de 01 a 19 de março a cidade promove as Mascletás, show pirotécnico com muitos ruídos, que caracteriza o aquecimento da festa. Nas ruas encontra-se monumentos gigantes, cartoons, feitos de gesso e madeira. Nos dias 15 a 19 de março é o fervor da festa. Pelas ruas do centro ocorrem desfiles com banda, falleiras, falleiros, muita música e pessoas. São quatro dias de feriado onde valencianos e turistas saem juntos para se divertir.

Cridá. Foto Thais Carballés

Cridá. Foto Thais Carballés

Crida, Torres do Serranos

Crida, Torres do Serranos

No.domingo do dia, 23.03.14, ocorreu a abertura oficial da festa, chamado “Cridá.” As ruas da cidade tiveram um aperitivo do que será a festa esse ano.  Festeiros de todas as partes da Espanha, e do mundo, vieram a celebrar o momento em que o prefeito e a falleira maior (mulher eleita a cada ano para representar a cidade) discursaram sobre o orgulho de ser valenciano e de promover as Fallas.

Todos os rostos vidrados e hipnotizados estavam voltados para o mesmo lugar, as torres de Serrano – na espera da abertura das comemorações. O discurso de abertura das Fallas deixa claro que é uma festa da cidade para seus cidadãos.

Nem mesmo o frio do inverno consegue espantar os festeiros. Por todos os lados se vê turistas com malas chegando a cidade, grupos de comissões organizadoras, bandas de música, meninas, meninos, homens e mulheres vestidos de falleiros. São crianças, adolescentes, adultos e anciãos juntos formando uma multidão de milhares de pessoas.

Falleira. Foto Thais Carballés

Falleira. Foto Thais Carballés

Inra Palacios Martinez, contabilista, 44 anos, é a fallera desde bebê. Seus dois filhos de 19 e 15 anos também são falleiros desde que nasceram. “Somos uma família falleiros,” diz Inra cheia de orgulho. “As Fallas, para mim que sou Valenciana, é a melhor festa do mundo. É a nossa reinvindicação do que somos representada através da pólvora e dos monumentos que criamos.”

Grupos de comissões são formados por bairros. Trabalham durante todo o ano para buscar patrocínio e poder criar a Falla representante do bairro. Cada comissão tem um presidente e uma falleira maior, no grupo adulto, e a comissão infantil com um presidente e uma falleira maior infantil.

Durante os 18 primeiros dias de março, por inúmeros cruzamentos da cidade, esses monumentos gigantes estão expostos. No dia 19 de março é o dia “de San José, la Crema”, é quando todos os monumentos são queimados, salvo o boneco vencedor, Ninot Indultat, entre todas as Fallas.

“É uma homenagem aos princípios da história falleira quando as pessoas queimavam um monumento com os restos e troços de casa que não serviam,” explica Maria Jose Quiroz, empresaria, 41 anos. “Se amontoava troços nas ruas e se queimava para dar as boas vindas a primavera e homenagear o Padroeiro de Valencia que é San José.”

A panamenha Pilas Saavedra, 50 anos, engenheira civil, veio com o marido e amigos a Valencia para ver a Crida. “Há muita alegria, é uma tradição mantida por anos e cultivada por gerações. Há muita emoção, muito sentido de grupo, muito ânimo. A verdade é que me chama atenção a quantidade de gente que participa da festa. A falleira, o fogo pirotécnico, as bandas ao meio dia é todo muito emocionante, estamos muito felizes por estarmos aqui”.

Fallas, Valencia. Foto Thais Carballés

Fallas, Valencia. Foto Thais Carballés

Five days in Paris

There are some cities that most people would like to go at least once in a lifetime. I believe that Paris is one of those cities – just to step in there makes anyone emotional. I was, definitely, incredibly happy to be there, my only thought was: “I’m in Paris!”

It’s so many things to do and to see that a traveler must program the visit in advance. My recommendation is to stay for at least seven days. With one week you don’t need to rush. Time is something that you need – for example, just in Louvre or Versalles you can spend a full day.

I was traveling with my aunt, Ligia Stoterau. She decided to stay just five days. I didn’t complain because I am planning to go back to Paris anyway. So however she planned for me was fine. Big mistake! I was running five days to one side to the other. I got supper tired!! Although, I did so much in this incredible city. Come with me and enjoy as much as I did this five days in Paris.

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Day one: Opera Theater, and Eiffel Tower

Arriving in Paris in the evening doesn’t allow you to do much that day. However, we did not want lose any second. So we went to the hotel, left our luggage, got a map and city information. The hotel was located close to Lafayet and the Opera theatre. Of course, we went there.

The Opera is an impressive building. The theatre was built between 1862 and 1875. It’s a typical Napoleon III architecture. From outside it has these huge steps that takes to the first floor. Enormous arches and columns full of marble divide the build. We just saw from outside (we didn’t had much time) but I know it’s incredible inside too.

Then we caught the metro to our second stop, Trocadero station.

Trocadero is an easy stop to the Eiffel Tower. Once there it was facile to find the tower. I just got out in the street and I saw the sign, “Eiffel Tower keep straight”. I followed the sign and when I turned right I saw this beautiful and huge tower in front of me. The Trocadero station is in a hill, so I look down, and I saw this pretty yard, with a fountain in the middle. Then it has a Senna River and the tower behind.

Walking through Eiffel Tower made me feel so emotional for being there! The sensation was some kind of happiness mixed with anxiety and excitement. When I look around I saw thousands of people taking pictures with a huge smile in their face. Everybody looks so happy!! Paris is a passionate city.

I took uncountable number of pictures. Aunt Ligia was asking me to stop taking picture. Unfortunately that was something that I was unable to do. It was a big line to get in – we waited for one hour and a half. At the time we got up it was night. However, the view was splendor. In the second floor of the tower I saw Paris with the lights on. It’s a gorgeous city!!

Day two: Monet Yard

To go to Monet yard we took a train to Vernon and a bus to Giverny – neighborhood that Monet lived for years.  Vernon is located inside the Normandia area. Just to be close to Normandia beach was enough to make me happy!!

Piano na estação de trem, ParisWhen we were waiting for the train I saw something wonderful. First I heard a piano music. But it was a strong noise, like some one was playing there. Then I follow the song and I saw inside the train station a piano and a girl playing. This amazed me. There was a piano to anyone sit and play. How beautiful is this strong support to music culture!?!

Back to Giverny..

Giverny is a typical French neighborhood, like those that we see at the movies. The chalet houses are covered with grass. The streets are narrow, but very charming. The landscape is agricultural, long lands and few houses. I believe that tourism is the main business in the region. Monet yard drive a lot of people there.

Monet YardThe yard is surrounded by long walls, from outside you can’t see inside, and it belongs to Monet landscape.  The whole territory has 8.100 m².  It’s divided in two sections.  The fist is in the front of the house, called Clos Normand. The other part is a Japan yard with the famous lake. Monet planted around 1.800 different kinds of flowers: sunflowers, roses, apple trees, azaleas, raspberries, iris, tulips, lemon trees, hydrangeas, and dahlias, among other specimens.

When I was there I has thinking about all the pictures he made, his inspiration. When I walked through the Yard I could see what Monet saw when he felt in love with the place. After a little walk through the area I went to the Japan Yard. The lake is full of victoria regia (type of flower that live above water) and surrounded by trees. On the side of the lake there were trees with falling leaves touching the water. It gave me the impression of a leaves waterfall.

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I believe that it’s a blessing to live in such beautiful place.

In this same day, at night, we drove ourselves to Pigalle area, close Monmatre. Our destiny was Moulin Rouge. The world’s most famous cabaret. The Moulin Rouge is a traditional cabaret that first opened doors in 1889, by the owner Josep Oller.

The theatre of Moulin Rouge is eloquent. Unfortunately the guests cannot take a picture inside.

When the curtains parted I saw a group of women, dressed with leaves on the rat, necklaces that reach their waist, tied in short skirt. The long, lean legs are covered with a thin sock, skin color. Breasts, usually small, are sample between the collars. The costume is elegant and rich. They were all very skinny women.  Completing the choreograph are some men, they all very handsome: tall, brunette or blonde, long body, usually blue eyes, and great smile. They all danced very well. The figurine and the choreograph changed during the show, each one more astonishing than the other.

There is no story like in a theatre, it’s all about dancing, figurine and bodies. It also has some great gymnastics doing things that people couldn’t normally do.

I was waiting all the time for the cancan. At the end it came. It was a not traditional cancan, but I like it a lot!!

We were seated right behind the stage. With our tickets was included a bottle of champagne. It was original champagne from the region of champagne – which made me happier!!! It tasted fabulous!! With this bottle I enjoyed even more the show!!

I would say that Moulin Rouge it’s worth every penny, however I would never go with my boyfriend. It’s a cabaret for God’s sake!

Day Three: Notre Dame, Louvre, and Montmartre

My aunt hired a tourist agency through the internet. The agency was expensive and it offers a terrible service. However we didn’t know until we used the service. Our guide didn’t know much of the arts inside Notre Dame, but I was with my guidebook, so I didn’t miss much. However she should know the history of the church. My advice is: be careful when you hire a tourism agency through the internet.

We started the day at Notre Dame. The Churchill was built between 1163 and 1345. It’s an incredible construction – the facade is divided in three parts. Two towers and in the middle is the statue of the Virgin Mary, with Adam and Eve. In the horizontal part is located the gallery of the kings, with twenty-eight states that represents the Kings of Israel and Judah. Inside the proportions are impressive, with 130 meters long, 35 high and 50 wide. The chapels are filled with works of art from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, with paintings of Le Brun. I needed some time to contemplate all the beauty of this centenary work.

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After enjoying Notre Dame we went to Louvre. This was the moment I was waiting for. However our guide just saved two hours for us to visit the Louvre. I got upset about this short time..

The museum is magnific. The building is impressive too. The edifice was made to military purpose, then it became a castle and today, a museum. It’s a square with a yard in the front and the crystal pyramid in the back. The pyramid is the entrance of the museum.

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Inside we went to the Roman and Greek sections. First I saw a Nike statue. Nike is the goddess of water. Then I saw Michelangelo and Da Vince arts – including Mona Lisa. It was very exciting to see these pictures. We didn’t have much time left, so we rushed to see Venus, the goddess of love. Venus is men and women at the same time. When close I could see the female side and far the male part. It’s interesting and fascinating!!

Mona Lisa Venus

After Louvre we went to Montmartre neighborhood. However my aunt was too tired to get inside so I just saw the church from outside. This is the inconvenience of stay just few days in Paris. I was also super tired, so I was glad to go back to the hotel.

Day four: Versailles Castle, and the dinner at Sienna River

The Versailles castle is the most beautiful castle I saw. I’m comparing with the Royal Palace of Madrid and the Windsor in Berkshire, England.

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 Outside I saw this huge rectangular construction with details in gold, grey walls and black roof. It’s a lot of gold, but without looking over gold. This three-floor construction with large doors and windows was built in 1624.

Castle VersaillesAs I got in the fist room I saw the chapel. Maria Antoinette got married with king Louis XVI there, in April 1770. The chapel was constructed between 1689 to 1710, by the architect Hardouin-Mansart. The original work has an influence of gothic architecture and baroque aesthetics mix. The floor is made by polychromatic marble in ornamental drawing, the big columns are made by white marble, and the altar is full of gold. All the colors are in complete harmony.

The next room is called Hercules. Then comes a hall of the great department of King, with six classrooms with rich stucco, polychrome marbles, and tapestries. There are a lot of details in gold, polychrome marble in the walls and war painting in the roof. Most rooms has Crystal Chandelier in the center. What impress me was that how so many details were in harmony. It does not look over shinny.

Outside the castle was the yard. It’s considered a most sophisticated and rich hallazgos art and scenography yard of France, with an extension of 100 hectares. On the terrace adorn two sources of Diana in the right side and the Point-du-Jour on the left, crowned by bronze statues. There is also a maze of pines and different forms of trees.  It’s the same as I saw in the movies, beautiful!!!

To see the castle and the yard it took almost all day, so we went to the hotel to rest a little and to get dressed to the big night. A dinner in a boat at the Sienna river.

The dinner at the Sienna was precious. I would say that everybody should try once in life. We sat by the window, so we were seeing all the view of the river. It is gorgeous, of course! I saw lovers drinking wine, families having fun, friends talking and laughing. Some people were riding a bike, others just walking in the bridges. There is a statue of liberty, arts on the walls, and little islands with yards. The border of the river is a place that everybody is invited to come and enjoy.  The whole dinner trip takes one hour and a half, for me was too fast, but it was priceless.

Day five: Champs Elysees, and Arc of Triumph

Champs Elysees is a glamorous long avenue full of expensive brand stores. A park area flanks the avenue. The right side has a Théâtre Ambassadeurs-Espace Pierre Cardin, and in the left side the restaurant Ledoyen, from the time of Luis XVI. Sited at the end of the Avenue is the Arc of Triumph.

Arc de TriunfThe Arc was made by order of Napoleon I. It was built between 1806 to 1836 and was dedicated to the Grand Armée. The look from the Champs Elysees reveals that it represents the departure of the volunteers of 1792, kwon by Marseillaise. the reliefs of the roof it a celebration of the Napoleon I victories.

From the top of the Arc you experience an impressive view. I could see all Paris from there. The Arc is also connecting six main avenues and it makes the view even more impressive.

Vista Arc de Triunf

At the end of all this I just have one thing to say, “Paris is an majestic city.” Everything is big, large, and gorgeous. All the structures, buildings, yards, museums, people, and fashion. The food and the wine are awesome. There’s so much culture. Everybody speaks more than one language. It’s easy to communicate. When I was there I had a feeling that I was so small among those big buildings and castles. Paris is imposing. It’s over me, over you, over everybody all the time.

Barcelona: fasten the seat belt

Las month I went to Barcelona to visit a couple of friends.

I’m just in love with that city. Barcelona is a mix of small city in a huge metropole. Inside of the old city: Gotic, Born and Raval areas I felt a cosy city.  In addition, inside or outside these neighborhoods I could find something to do sunday through sunday, interesting people and a lot of art all over the city.

After a busy weekend, on monday when I thought I would relax, my friend called to invite me to go to a rock club.  My first thought was “today is monday,” the answer I heard was “So what?”

This is Barcelona, get ready!!

It’s not just about what to do, Barcelona is also a city where the population have a open mind. I will explain:

After a walk in the Born, on the way to Barceloneta I finaly met couple of friends in the beach. Unfortunately I wasn’t dressed properly to the beach day, however, I was there enjoying the day. Top less is something very normal all over Spain, but I wasn’t preparer to what o saw: a completely naked men in the beach. He was relaxed among the crowd, in a normal beach day.

That was in Barceloneta, the most currently beach of Barcelona, and there was a men, stand, walking, sowing himself, looking for his son. He was walking from one side to the other. I took a picture.

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Naked men Barceloneta, Barcelona 2013

I don’t know about you guys, but for me it was supper unusual. This is Barcelona they live freely with the differences. People respect each other.

I felt like I could do anything and most part of the people would be fine with that. Of course it has a limit. I’m not talking about lack of respect. Nobody would use drugs or have sex on the street, howeveryou can definitely walk naked around.

Another thing that called my attention: how easy it was to make friends there. The Catalan people is known to be a little rude. However, my experience showed me the opposite. I met nice and friendly people. I don’t know, maybe was the summer.

The only thing I know is that Barcelona is a great city to visit. Walking on the street can be very interesting. A place where outsidelooks boring, inside is great with a modern design and full of people.

The culture in the city is also fantastic. It has style everywhere. A lot of museums, street art such as modern, contemporary, renascentist, everything mixed and in harmony.

I’m just in love with that city. I hope one day I can live there and enjoy more then just as a tourist.

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História y Teoria Critica: Siegfried Kracauer

Semana pasada asistí el seminario: HISTÓRIA Y TEORIA CRITICA: SIEGFRIED KRACAUER, hecha por profesores de la Universidad de Valencia. El seminario abordó la mirada de Kracauer sobre: globalización, fotografía y cine. También tuve plaza la visión de los historiadores sobre las diferentes perspectivas de visión entre Adorno y Benjamin, y Kracauer en la escuela de Frankfurt.

El curso ocurrió en la Universidad Internacional Menéndez Patayo (UIMP) y fue dirigido por Profesores Catedráticos de la Universidad de Valencia: Pedro Ruiz Torres (Historia), Sergio Sevilla (Filosofía) y Jenaro Talens (Comunicación Audiovisual). Jenaro Talens Carmona es mi coordinador de investigación del doctorado.

SiegfriedkracauerSiegfried Kracauer (Febrero 8, 1889 – Noviembre 26, 1966) fue escritor alemán, periodista, sociólogo, crítico cultural y teórico del cine. Su pesquisa decore desde el estudio del economía hasta la fotografía.

Me encanto ver la discusión entre catedráticos. Todos gran conocedores de la investigación de Kracauer, así que los debates fueran muy ricos. A pesar de no conocer mucho el trabajo del filosofo, aprendí mucho solo al observar y participar de la conferencia. Abajo sigue un resumo del que absorbí:

CHARLA DEL PROFESOR ENZO TRAVERSO

El primer maestrante, Enzo Traverso (S.B Winnokur Professor in the Humanities, Cornell University, NYC), empiezo la conferencia inaugural diciendo: “A pesar de Kracauer tener vivido en la primera mitad del siglo XX, su obra continua actual.”

Traverso abrió el curso hablando sobre las discrepancias entre la investigación de Kracauer en los EE.UU y en Alemania, y sobre el concepto de extra-territorialidad. Según él los trabajos del filosofo en los EE.UU eran abstractos, por otro lado en Alemania Kracauer escribió de forma concreta sobre el Nazismo.

“Kracauer es una redención a la cultura de masa,” dije Enzo. “La cultura de masa es un espejo del mundo y no hay nada que se pueda retirar, solo analizar.”

La Imagen

La imagen tiene valor epistemológico cuando interpreta el mundo. La imagen dialéctica es el choque del pasado y presente. Retrata emancipación política y redención. Según Traverso solo se comprende la historia con la idea de totalidad.

La extra-territorialidad

La extra-territorialidad fue usada por Kracauer para definir la historia, una metáfora del historiador como modelo epistemológico. El pasado es usado como un objeto de investigación y el presente como formula de preguntas. El relato histórico no puede abandonar una referencia factual. Traverso dijo que el universo histórico es una tentativa de construir un relato pasado.

CHARLA DEL PROFESOR SERGIO SEVILLA

El profesor Sergio Sevilla fue el maestro de la segunda sesión que tuve como título “Las Verdades en Los Intersticios: La Epistemología como Crítica.” Sevilla hablo sobre el desarrollo de teorías de Kracauer, renuncia y conciencia histórica, relación de antropología y historia, deuda entre Kracauer y Benjaim en la totalidad de fenómeno, y la teoría da verdad.

CHARLA DEL PROFESOR ANTONIO AGUILERA

En la charla sobre fotografía y tiempo histórico, el Profesor Antonio Aguilera (Profesor Titular de Filosofía, UBA) apuntó que no hay técnica que modifica la percepción. La fotografía es mecánica, es un modo de respectar los factos.

“Todo rosto que se tiene amor es un espejo del pasado, algo que no se puede ver,” afirmó Aguilera. “La mirada esta echa de emociones. La mirada fotográfica y histórica parecen estar llenas das mismas cosas”.

CHARLA DEL PROFESOR MIGUEL ANGEL CABRERA

Miguel Angel Cabrera (Catedrático de Historia Contemporánea, ULL) hablo sobre “Crisis de la Modernidad y crítica pos social. Segundo Cabrera el análisis de la historia debe ser hecha dentro de la sociedad en cual vive el filosofo.  La lingüística debe ser capaz de representar el mundo humano.

Para Cabrera existe una inversión conceptual de una esfera divina porque la noción de naturaleza humana se dio de acordó con la religión. La análisis de la sociedad también incluí la mirada del filósofo, que es imaginaria porque la lingüística nunca es totalmente transparente. Cabrera analiza también que la cultura moderna no es más que un sistema industrializado.

Tango by Manuel Molins

Tango Zircó ProduccionesLast Saturday I was searching online when I found this Tango theater presentation, at Zircó theater. I went to Argentina last year, and I felt amazed by the drama of tango choreography. So I thought it could be a good choice for my Saturday night watch this tango scene.

The writer and director, Manuel Molins, expressed the tango by a love drama. I just understood that at the end. The history is about a woman Marta (Marina Viñals) in love with a man way younger than her, Marc (Lluis Romaguera). She wants to marry him, but he’s more into building his career. However, she got pregnant and they decided to stay together.

Unfortunately, he started to work for Marta’s ex-husband, Tomás (Paco Alegre). Tomás, a political and businessman, who don’t want her to stay with Marc – because it would be bad for his political career. It got worse when Tomás found out that Marta was pregnant.

Tomás went to Marta’s house to ask her to abort and end her relationship with Marc. She of course, said no. However, Marc was still more into his job than to be with her. She felt sick with this situation and got sick. An abortion occurs. Marc felt as bad as he could and asked for forgiveness.

Marta got up and told him that she was pretending. But they could not be together anymore. She was running away. Marc begged her to not leave him. However, she knows that she must go. So she does.

The expression of the actors during the whole scenes impressed me. They were very good actors. As the remarkable name Tango, I was expecting more dancing. They danced twice, however, was not as good as I saw in Argentina. I got a little sad, but maybe I’m kind of picky here. At the end I enjoyed, I liked it! I will look forward to see more of Manuel Molins scenes.

Living in Valencia

A change in your life can be stressful. I did a considerable one by switching country (Brazil to Spain).  As I feel more  comfortable in Valencia, a started to enjoy the city. At the beginning it was a bit hard to be by myself. Nowadays, I like it! I initiated a “living in Valencia assignment” by looking the agenda of the city and making myself very busy.

Yesterday, after school I decided to see an exposition of an artist called Jose Azul. I was very impressed by the forms that he builds in iron and his creativity. It just came out beautifully.

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After enjoying the sculptures I took a walk in my favorite square of Valencia, la Plaza de la Virgen. It was a lovely sunny day, so I sat in the fountain and contemplated the view for a little while.

TThe square has the Basilica of the “Virgen de Los Desamparados” and the rear of the Cathedral. The Basilica is the most important church in the city after the Cathedral. It has a Baroque structure, one of the first of this kind in Spain.  Inside it is sited the patroness of Valencia – the Virgen of the Forsaken. Next to the Basilica is situated the rear of the Cathedral. Also an impressive building built in Roman Coliseum style.

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If you come to Valencia, you will not miss “la Plaza de la Virgen.”