Barçablog Cuatro – No Smiles

So 6 days back and I’m already homesick. And real sick. Like bedridden for days and relentless fever sick. But I’m on the mend, and endless amounts of free time has given me the liberty to explore all kinds of pursuits…like playing the piano, and editing these videos at an alarmingly rapid rate. Like, for real. I just took a Therafllu NIGHTTIME, and I’m still going…at 6:30am. Thank you, fever. You got me on a hot streak. We’ll see how many more of these I can get out before school and my good health inevitably set in and productivity slows once more.

But for now, enjoy the benefits of my recent illness! This is still way back in September, when all was still so fresh and new. We had a group trip to the region of Castilla y León in Spain, class mandated and all. The bus ride over was quite the adventure, what with most of us hung over and 12 hours of driving (and STOPPING) to kill. For the rest of the week we were mostly learning about Art History for our pre-semester course, so a lot of building tours that soon grew boring and deciding whether or not something was clásico. I will say this, though…Gustavo Vega, our professor for Art History, he was the guy Dos Equis’ “Most Interesting Man in the World” wishes he could be. Seriously. Watch for him in the video…you can’t miss him. He’s THAT interesting.

All that learning nonsense aside, we still did manage to have some good times on the group trip. Epic bus rides, swing competitions, an insane group dinner at an indian restaurant that I failed to capture on video, photo shoots, and a chinese restaurant in Spain made for some great adventures.

Miss you guys already. Enjoy the video.

Thanks again,



Dear Lexi,

NOTICE: The following video was made for the sole purpose of making Lexi cry.

Okay…so “sole” is maybe too strong a word, but “primary” wouldn’t be far off. Anyway, way back in August, as you might have seen in the last Chris & Kev video, Chris and I had this ingenious plan to take our videos of the drive down, and then edit them together in viewable webisodes to be released once a week. Now, had we succeeded in our idealistic plan, this video would have been PERFECTLY planned to be released this week. But alas, I must now remind you that we are Filipinos, and are thus operating on Filipino time, which states that we must be late for any and all appointments or deadlines, and should it be something for a close friend, well then the only understood and acceptable terms of completion are sometime before one party’s life has ended.

That being the case, I found it necessary to expedite the editing process on this next video, because, frankly, once Lexi gets back, this video’s message loses a lot of its luster. Therefore, we’re skipping ahead about 18 hours on the Chris & Kev timeline to Lexi’s going away party.

This video isn’t exactly a Chris & Kev episode, I have to admit. No shenanigans here. Well, mostly none.

Now Lexi, I know you’ve been wishing you could stay longer in Canterbury like I wanted to stay in Barcelona, but this might help ease the blow of coming back somewhat. This little video might pack a wallop, so go get your Kleenex, grab the cuddliest thing you got over there, and make sure your closest English friends are at hand, lest you find yourself TRAPPED IN A GLASS CASE OF EMOTION.

Enjoy the video, and enjoy your last few days across the pond, amiga! We’ll see you in a few =)