Polaroid Workshop

Happy Polaroid Week! To kick off this week that is celebrated by polaroid enthusiasts and companies all around the world, Impossible Project Barcelona hosted a workshop for people to listen to tips given by an expert, and to have fun taking photos and receiving feedback. All for 20 euros, which was the price of the pack of film used in the workshop.

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The workshop was in Spanish, and my Spanish is still poor (embarrassing that I hardy use it in Barcelona. The downside of such a cosmopolitan city is that English is widely spoken, so even if you try to speak Spanish they often switch to English because it’s easier for both involved). But I still went, for a bit of language practice (although I had been out the night before, so my delicate head maybe wasn’t the best prepared…)

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What I could grasp, was the usual tips on taking good photos. Always think about light, distance from subject, and I got to see the new Impossible Project I-1 camera in action. This camera combines analogue with smart phone technology, so it was pretty interesting.

When the guy looked at my photos and realised my camera is one that always uses flash (no option to switch flash off), he told me mine is best for portraits and shooting bright colour photos. Then he modelled for me. This is very useful to know, but now of course I want another camera, one with flash as an option. But that might be a long time coming…

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I’ve neglected my photography whilst I’ve been settling in (also I left my memory card for my DSLR in the UK which I want my dad to mail so I don’t have to buy a new one – it’s brand new and 32GB!), but this workshop was great to reignite the passion and interest, and seeing other people in action and their photos was inspiring!

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A month into my Barcelona adventure

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Photo from Dec 2015, but what I walk past every day to uni…

Moving country and beginning at university can be quite hectic and time consuming, so my blog has been neglected for a while. But now I am quite settled, I am giving some life to my blog by writing about me, myself and I.

HOLA!

I’ve just moved into what should be my flat for the year. It’s cosy! Has everything I need: kitchen (with an orange coloured theme), bathroom (with a funny light that takes a while to brighten and I’m only just short enough for the shower), a lounge with a tiny TV and a cute terrace, and a bedroom with no window. Yep, not sure how the last one will pan out. My room already smells of bananas (from the actual fruit, I don’t have a weird body odour going on) and I have no natural ventilation… But trust me, it was still one of the best choices I had, and not the only one without a bedroom window…

Great thing about it is that it’s very central for Barcelona. I hardly need to use the metro and I can walk to university, and to most bars and places to meet friends.

The city is great! I’m in love with the architecture, from the amazing pieces of Catalonia Modernisme, to the flats with adorable balconies. Weather is still lovely and warm (too warm some days), so walking to university in the morning is no challenge, and neither is walking home from bars at night. Grown men still like to skateboard around, and people are always walking their dogs which I love. It can get pretty crazy with tourists, and pollution is a problem, but I managed London so I’m sure I can handle Barcelona.

University has finally kicked off after a couple of introductory weeks. What seems impressive about my course is that it is very international, even for International Relations. People come from all over the world, and from many different backgrounds. Some like me are still quite recently graduated, whereas others have worked for a while and generally seem a hell of a lot more knowledgeable. I’m excited about my elective modules: this semester I will study the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India and China), and Social Movements, and next semester I will study International Relations in Latin America, and the Middle East, and Humanitarianism. So hopefully I will get quite a good knowledge of things on an international scale, whilst also shaping myself to possibly working with human rights one day! At least that’s the plan…

The wolf (aka lupus) is behaving at the moment, which I’m really surprised but pleased about. At the start I had A LOT of walking around viewing flats to do, and the sunny weather is one of the reasons my rheumatologist was hesitant about me coming to study here. Although I was expecting me to be flat out exhausted at times (especially this weekend past when I went out twice and with a cold – not advisable!), but I still feel 100% human. Which is great. And although bureaucracy in Spain is a pain and causing some complications I have already seen a rheumatologist here, and can get all my necessary medication which is great. And I still get to gradually reduce my steroid dosage which is a relief because my face still appears huge and moony in photos, which is not great confidence wise for meeting new people. But oh well, it’s not as bad as before…

So I’m still settling into the routine of studying and seeing how horrendous the workload will be, but all seems to be muy bien which is all I can hope for. It feels good to be back in Spain!