Comunidades 1

1.For this Comunidades, I went with other Spanish 4 students to Café Madrid, a Spanish restaurant that specializes in Tapas, a genre of spanish appetizers that can also be eaten as a main course. Tapas can vary from roasted ham to types of breads and potatoes, and can also be warm or cold. At Cafe Madrid, I ordered Tortilla Espanola, which is a Spanish omelette with potatoes and onions, Jamon Serrano, which is curved cut ham, and finally Chorizo a la sidra, which is Spanish sausage cooked in cider.

2. The main thing that i took from this outing is the difference in general experience. Unlike other restaurants, eating Tapas is like eating a vide variety of snacks and it is not served in the traditional order. The restaurant itself was small and dimly lit, however, that somewhat contributed to the environment. The Tortilla Espanola came out first, and it tasted alot like hash browns with onions in them and it wasn't bad. The Jamon Serrano was too undercooked for me to eat when it first came out and the waitor said it was traditionally cooked for less time. The Chorizo was extremely good however, and the fact that it had been cooked in cider gave it an individual and interesting taste.

3. I can apply what i learned from this meal in multiple ways; primarily in if i go to Spanish restaurants in the future and if so what to order. I learned about Tapas, and how it is meant to be eaten as an appetizer and not a main course. I also learned that some traditional spanish meat dishes might be undercooked and it is a good idea to ask for them to be cooked a little bit more. It was a fun experience to go to a spanish restaurant and order food in spanish with my knowledge of the language.

Comunidades 2

1. For this Comunidades, I watched the 2006 film, Bordertown, starring Jennifer Lopez, Antonio Banderas, and Martin Sheen. It is a thrilling action-crime movie that is based around the investigation of a series of murders, but also has political undertones of how bad crime in Mexico is. Jennifer Lopez plays Lauren Adrian, a journalist working for the Chicago Sentinel, and she wants to be assigned to go cover the stories happening in the front lines of the Iraq War, however, her boss, Martin Sheen, assigns her to investigate a series of murders of young female factory workers in a Mexican bordertown. In Mexico she meets Antonio Banderas, who is playing the role of the editor of "El Sol De Juarez" newspaper, and another young woman from the factory who had recently been raped and nearly killed. Adrian ends up going undercover in the factory and the killers attempt to attack and rape her, but luckily she escapes. Antonio Banderas character is then shot and killed in a drive by shooting. Adrian then convinces the rape victim she had met earlier to testify to the murders and rapes, even though the young woman is very scared that people will come after her. The movie ends with Adrian quitting her job working for the newspaper in Chicago and she moves to Mexico to be the editor of El Sol De Juarez.

2. I took a lot out of watching this film, however the thing I found the most interesting was how this movie gave me a look into the severity of the crime in Mexico, with not much help from the legal authorities. The story may not be completely true, but similar things are definitely happening in Mexico and other similar Hispanic countries. The crime rate is very high, and a lot of crimes are unreported because of corruption in police departments. Apart from that it gave me a good chance to expand my knowledge of Hispanic culture, and how life goes in Mexico, especially on the border towns that are so close to Texas. In most ways, life is more difficult in Mexico than it is in the states, especially if you are a person who has to be concerned about being assaulted or killed like in this movie.

3. I can apply what I have learned from this when dealing with immigrants from Mexico that come to the US. Many times in our culture, these illegal immigrants are posterized as being negatively influential and criminal when a lot of the time they are just trying to escape the poverty and rough life of their home land to create opportunity for themselves and their families. Not only that, but they come to the states to work and they stimulate our economy and purchase our goods, in many ways it is beneficial. I can also apply what I learned about Mexican culture from this movie in my travels to Mexico and other Hispanic countries in the future.

Comunidades 3

1. For my final comunidades I watched one of the podcasts on, starring known host Mario Lopez interviewing former starting NFL quarterback Mark Sanchez. Sanchez started for the New York Jets at quarterback from 2010 to 2012, and has just recently been traded to the Philadelphia Eagles, as his former team the Jets acquired Michael Vick from free agency. Lopez and Sanchez discuss his football career, his family, and the importance of his Hispanic culture.

2. During the interview, the two discuss how Sanchez was born and raised in a relatively wealthy area in California, however, his parents are Mexican immigrants. Sanchez says they immigrated to the US in the '70s and have been here ever since. He discussed the importance of sports to his family growing up, and how he was pushed into soccer, football, baseball, and basketball at a young age. He also reveals a family tradition, which is celebrating Cinco de Mayo in their home and eating traditional Mexican dishes such as corn beef tamales. Sanchez says that throughout his childhood, his Mexican heritage was something that was frequently talked about in their family.

3. I can apply what i have learned from this podcast in many ways. Primarily, i learned about Mark Sanchez life and past, and it has made me much more interested in his football career and resurgence as a starting NFL quarterback, but aside from that, i learned about some traditional Mexican dishes and celebrations that take place on Cinco De Mayo also.

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