Chris & Kev go to Whitey’s Castle 1.2 – In Which We Ruin Great Songs and Make a Case for Having ADD

Update time! No, not with anything from abroad…seriously, you guys need to stop waiting for those things. You’re coming off as desperate now, and that’s just unattractive. It is in the editing process now though, as opposed to the land of creative purgatory known as my mind. Hopefully soon it’ll be up.

But GOOD NEWS is I have a new episode for “Chris & Kev” to show! Chris gave my lazy bum a break and took on the editing duties on this one, and it’s pretty kick-ass. We’re also getting more consistent on the weekly-ish thing of having new episodes, so there is promise.

For now though, kick back, relax, and forget that I ever created this blog for abroad purposes to begin with!

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Culture Shock

That’s right: 2 updates in ONE WEEK! But really…I’m just gonna start every blog post from now on with apologies. I wrote this out a few weeks ago, when we were orientating (yes, I just pulled that word out of my butt) in Castelldefels, just a wee bit southwest of Barça. Since then, I’ve moved in with my host family, gone on a 5 day trip to Castilla y Leon in northwest Spain, started classes at Universitat de Barcelona, and DOING IT LIVE doing me wrong.

Anyway, the first week in Castelldefels was basically vacation filled with useless “orientations.” Ejemplo: “HOW TO USE A MAP!” I lie when I say they’re completely useless, but really, the necessity of it all was nonexistent. My absolute favorite one, though was probably this little ditty about…

CULTURE SHOCK

  • The anxiety and feelings people feel when operating in another country. Something that every person going abroad must deal with. Comes in stages:

STAGE 1: Excitement

-One might feel intense emotions of joy, and may start to have the belief that their life is better than EVERYONE else’s.

STAGE 2: FREAKING OUT

-The person realizes that they are in a completely different country, an entirely new world, and they have NO IDEA WHAT IS GOING ON. Good luck!

STAGE 3: Resentment

-The person then begins to question everything in this strange new land, missing the comforts of America. Everything abroad is not as good as what is in America. Soon they start to sound like an All-American asshole.

(I must say that at this point of the orientation my train of focus went off the rails a little bit, but I think I got the gist of it…and  came up with a nifty solution)

  • Getting over Culture Shock

-A simple, one-step process. Goes something like this:

QUIT BEING A BABY

Simple, straightforward, and to the point, no? Anyway, that’s it for now methinks. I’ll try and be more on par with these updates. But I suck at golf. So we’ll see.

Thanks again. We’ll talk soon.

~Kev

Chris & Kev go to Whitey’s Castle – Pilot

Hello from Barça! Sorry for being a slowfool and not having posted anything since BEFORE I left for Spain (50 points to any and all in on that joke). And this post here unfortunately has no updates from my time abroad. But I swear I’ve been taking a bunch of videos and pictures, and I WILL be updating with a video on all that soon.

For now though, I will take this second post to officially premier Chris and Kev go to Whitey’s Castle! Yes I know, it’s not on a Sunday. And yes, it’s about half a week AFTER I said I would be dishing out the first episode. But you know what? If I’ve learned anything during my time in Spain so far it’s these nuggets of wisdom: Así es la vida.

Anywho, here it is. Hope you enjoy (especially Lexi, cuz this is all for you and evrrthang). And show Chris Cortez some love by checking out his sick blog at http://www.corteth.tumblr.com . He updates his blog A LOT more frequently than I do mine.

Thanks again. We’ll talk soon.

~Kev