viernes, 31 de octubre de 2008

GREEK SALAD, by Jorge Braña

DANGER! Bea's in the kitchen, by Bea Méndez, 2NAH

The Pincho Culture, by Pablo Mariño 2NAH


A recipe by Alejandro González López, 2NAE

INGREDIENTS (for 4 people):
1-2 spoonfuls of butter, softened.

1 pure chocolate bar.

1 glass of light brown or white sugar.

6 eggs.

Sweet wine.

1 packet of biscuits.

2 lemons (lemon juice).

Serves: 8-12 (depending on the quantity made).Time to prepare: 45 mins.

1. Firstly, take out a big bowl. Start opening the eggs and placing the yolks. Then, add the butter and mix all together, so you will get a smooth and spongy dough.

2. At the same time, heat up the chocolate in a small saucepan, until it melts, so you can join it with the dough stirring the mixture during thirty seconds.

3. Beat the white and add sugar and lemon juice. Whisk it up until it gets a white sparkling appearance, then, settle it.

4. Afterwards, pour sweet wine onto another bowl. Take a package of biscuits and dip them carefully. Put some of them on a dish making a circle and cover it with the pastry. Next, repeat it until you get four or five layers (more if you prefer).

5. Finally, top the cake with meringue, the cream we had left settling, to decorate it and add more delicious flavours. You can make any figure you want.

6. To end, put the cake into the fridge all night and you can serve it cold the next day.


If you are used to cooking, this recipe will not be of much difficulty for you. You can even add your own style to decorate the cake or change any flavour you dislike. If you like home-made cuisine you must try and make it.

CHOCOLATE OIL CAKE, by Marisa Iglesias, 2NAH






TIRAMISU, by Cristina Cerón


What ingredients shall we need?

-3 egg yolks
-75g/3oz caster sugar
-a good shot of two Kahulua or coffee liqueur
-2 x 250g/9oz tubs of mascarpone cheese
-200ml/7fl oz strong coffee or espresso, cold
-14 boudoir biscuits or sponge finger biscuits
-25g/1oz plain chocolate, finely grated
-cocoa powder

How to cook it

First, using an electric whisker, beat the egg yolks and caster sugar together until pale and thick. Add the mascarpone and whisk slowly until the mixture is pale and smooth. Add 1tablespoon of the coffee liqueur and whisk gently.
After that, in a separate bowl, mix the coffee and the remaining coffee liqueur. Then dip half of the boudoir biscuits into the coffee mixture, and place that on the bottom of 4 glass coffee cups or small bowls. (Alternatively, place in a single glass bowl to make one large Tiramisu).

Spoon over half the mascarpone mixture and sprinkle with half the chocolate. Repeat with another layer of biscuits, mascarpone and chocolate.
Finally, cover and refrigerate for 2 hours and dust with cocoa powder before serving. And it is ready to eat. You can cook a large one for the whole family or cook small ones, one for each person.

Filled Crepes, by Ana Vázquez, 2NAH



Ingredients (4 servings):

50 gr of rice
1 onion
100 gr of mushrooms (boletus)
4 eggs


Cover a small saucepan with olive oil and heat it, add the rice in and stir for a few seconds, add water (two parts of water for one of rice) and salt, let it boil medium heat until the rice is done (there is no water left).

Chop the onion in small pieces, heat a medium frying pan covered with oil and cook the onion and the mushrooms on it, stir slowly until the onion is tender and lightly browned. Add the rice and stir all together, drain the liquid off (if necessary), it should be as dry as possible. Beat the eggs in a bowl and add them to the frying pan, mix all. Reduce heat to medium-low and do not stir, when it starts to get solid on the bottom, turn over the omelette (you can use a plate), repeat if necessary until it gets consistence. The result should be solid looking omelette but creamy inside.

Something like this:

Halloween Paella, by Carmen Jiménez, 2NAE

Haloween paella:


-Small wine gums Vegetables:
-1 kilo of mussels 1 tomato
-1/2 kilo of shells 1 onion
-1/2 kilo of squid Garlic
-1/2 kilo of rice 1 green pepper

First of all, go to a candy shop and choose the wine gums, they must be shaped like a witch, a pumpkin, a skeleton, a ghost…
Once in the kitchen, clean the mussels and clean and wash the squids.
Heat the water in a sauce pan and add the mussels till they open.
Do the same with the shellfish and keep the water.
Take the mussels and the shellfish out of the shells.
Grill the squid bodies till they cool down a bit before hiding a wine gum inside each of them. After that stick a toothpick in each squid twice so that the wine gum doesn’t go out.
Fill each shell with a wine gum and tie them with a special cooking string.
Now the boring part of the task, prepare the paella in the traditional way, with the mussels, the shellfish, the other parts of the squid, the water you have kept, starting, of course, with stir- fried vegetables.
Serve the paella and decorate the plates with the filled shells and squids.

miércoles, 29 de octubre de 2008

Jalfrezi Chicken, by Lyra

How to make a superb hot and spicy Indian dish called Jalfrezi Chicken, step by step!

Link to the video on YouTube

Rice pudding, by Esther Prieto 2NAE

Esther would like to show us how to make our Asturian wonderful rice pudding. I'm sure when our Polish etwinners visit us in March, they will have the chance to taste it, but meanwhile, watch Esther's recipe.

martes, 28 de octubre de 2008

Hi, My name is Carmen. I am an ESL teacher at EOI Avilés. I have just come back from an International Conference on Intercultural Learning in Istanbul, during which I was lucky enough to try Polish sausage. It was great. I hope our students and teachers will enjoy this cultural exchange. I sure will. Talk to you soon.

Kseniya by herself (1NI C)

My name is Kseniya, I am 19 years old and I go to university. I study Tourism and it's my first academic year. I think it's very difficult, but I hope I will pass all my exams and find aan iaan interesting job. I'd like to be a stewardess, because I like flying.

At this moment, I live with my parents and my dog. I have two brothers, too. They live with their girlfriends. Sometimes, they visit us at weekends for lunch.

I am a very calm person, I never have any problems and I try to avoid all arguments.

In my house, I'm obedient, but sometimes I disagree with my parents.

I don't like to stay at home, so I like going out, going to the cinema, going to the disco or going shopping. So I think I am socible, friendly and outgoing, although sometimes I am shy. I am hard-working and responsible.

My hobbies are drawing, because this is the way to stay calm when I have some exams. Also, I like listening to music, watching TV. My favourite films are horror films.

In my free time, I study English and read Russian and Ucrainian books, because I need a lot of languages for my profession. So, I'd like to have a pen-friend to practise English.

lunes, 27 de octubre de 2008


Carmen Luz Iglesias shows us a funny way to cook a delicious recipe, step by step. Thanks, Carmen!

Andrés Martínez Alvarez by himself (2NB F)

I am Andrés and I am thirty-four years old. I live in Pravia-Asturias-Spain Pravia is a village in the north of Spain, near Oviedo, it is very quiet and the people are friendly and funny.

I live with my wife and my dog. I have a brother four years older than me and I have a nephew that is fifteen years old. I got married when I was twenty-eight years old.

I am short, a bit fat and my hair and eyes are brown. I am talkative, funny and friendly and I am sometimes shy.

I like a lot of things. I like fishing, swimming, walking, photographing, going to drink beer and wine with my friends and my wife and going on holidays to other countries. I usually go on holidays with my wife in August. Last year we went to Canada to see the Rocky Mountains. It is a very beautiful site. When we were there we saw a lot of blue lakes, white glaciers and black bears. We were in a rodeo and flew by helicopter. I know other countries, I have been to Scotland, Norway, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden and Iceland. As you can see I like travelling a lot.

I study English because I have some problems when I travel to other countries. It is very difficult to understand many words.

I have a Beagle, it is a small dog that has tree colours: black, brown and white. His name is Willy. I usually walk with him every day and he enjoys it a lot.

This is Willy.

miércoles, 22 de octubre de 2008

CARMEN FERNÁNDEZ, by María Amorín, 2NA E

María Del Carmen Fernández was born in 1962. She is from Corvera, which is near Aviles. She is married and she has got a daughter called Lorena, who is seventeen years old.
Maria Del Carmen work as a teacher at ‘Numero 5’ high school and she teaches French. This year she has a group of A levels, Secondary School, year 1 and 3. However she has not a fixed job and she can be moved to another high school every year. She is lucky because she has been at that high school for three years. Years ago, when she worked in a far away place she had to take the train or the bus, and she decided to buy a car, but now her high school is very near and she doesn’t think she will have to move to another school.
She likes her job a lot; she says it’s a not boring job, because you are in contact with young people. A long time ago, when she began working she had no experience so the problems were bigger for her, but nowadays she can solve any trouble. She knows the teenagers very well and she thinks she takes care of them.
Talking about her family, she has a husband and a daughter who is seventeen, another teenager to take care of. She doesn’t argue too much with her, only a bit because of unimportant things. Her parents had to move to a house near hers because they had problems and she has to look after them. She always goes with her husband a daughter to have lunch on Sundays.
Her personal tastes are very interesting. She likes all kind of music, she really loves it. Her favourite season is summer because of holidays and sunshine. She adores Paris, and she has been there lots of times.

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martes, 21 de octubre de 2008

lunes, 20 de octubre de 2008


My name is Jesús H. Feito and I was born in Cangas del Narcea, a small village in the south-west of Asturias, on the 6th of June, 1967. I like so much this quiet village where I have spent my childhood, attended primary and secondary school and where my parents actually live. I come back to my home town to visit them very often because a great part of my social life is in there.
Cangas is a very nice place at the botton of big valleys and mountains covered by forests and woods. Muniellos forest is a very big oakwood, the best-preserved oak forest in Europe. It’s a magical, calm, quiet place, a surface of fifty square kilometres, where I like going with my friends for trekking, and being in contact with nature when it’s possible: There are strict regulations for visits (only 20 people per day) My mother’s family history is connected since long with this wood. She was born in a tiny village on the border with this forest. My grand grandfather worked like a park ranger in there for several years and I feel so proud about this fact. On the other side, my father was born in Somiedo, another natural big space in Asturias. As a result, I can proudly say that nature is running trough my veins.

At the early age of seventeen I went to the army to spend some time serving my country. I didn’t like the army so much, so I preferred wasting my military time doing social service in the Red Cross. At the same time I could continue with my studies at High School. During this period my brother and my sister were studying in Oviedo, and I was wishing to join them. Living in the capital city seems more attractive when you are in your twenties, without your parents control.
In the autumn of 1987 I moved to Oviedo, where I started to study at University. Three years later I got my degree at Teachers school, pre-primary teacher, but I wanted to continue with my professional training. In that moment, the opportunities to work were really bad and I needed to continue enjoying the University life a little more. I may mention that I think this was the best period of my life. I started to live myself, I was independent (unfortunately not about money) meeting new interesting people who shared the same opinion about the world, my same ideas, my personality was getting conformed step by step…
In September, 1990, I went to Salamanca to study a master. After three hard years I became Language Therapist and I started to work in this way quickly, just three months later. At the same time I started to sing. This is one of my favourite hobbies. For thirteen years I belonged to “Coro de Amigos de la Ópera de Oviedo” It was really great. I like singing, performing and everything concerning with the theatre: designing and making dresses, sets, make up…so, I really enjoyed getting involved in this activity in spite of a lot difficulties (schedules, long hours rehearsals..) and taking part in about forty different operas: Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Manon Lescaut, Aida, Lakmé, Turandot, Nabucco, La Fille du Regiment, Un ballo in Mascara, Carmen, …
At this point, I could speak about my interests in my free time: I‘m not a very sportive and fit man, but I usually go to the mountains for trekking, and skiing (obviously in winter) and I enjoy so much diving and discovering the bottom of the sea (not in Asturias, where the sea water is very cold and dark) I also enjoy watching different kind of sports on life or on TV (tennis, basketball, water polo, rugby…)
Reading is other of my favourite activities, especially in the autumn and winter evenings, laying in bed or in the sofa, covered with a warm and lovely blanket and listening to the rain drops hitting the glasses in my windows.
Learning and speaking foreign languages is, in my opinion, the best way to know about other people and countries, so I’m interested in this matter. I like so much travelling abroad and making contact with other different or similar cultures. My passport is always ready and I try not to miss any opportunity for a trip.

It is said that people from the north of Spain are very friendly, sociable and honest, especially people from Asturias. So, I can define myself as a very good friend of my friends. We like going out to the pubs or discos, killing time chatting, drinking and dancing. Having dinner together in restaurants and cellars is a very usual activity for us, showing each other our cooking abilities .
At the moment, I work in a Pre-primary and Primary school as a language therapist. It has been my job for the last fifteen years. I really love my job, helping pupils with special needs, and I have got involved in several European educational projects like Erasmus, Grundtvig, Study visits, eLearning... because I believe in a real common European education. Actually I’m developing an eTwinning project with a school from Warrington (United Kingdon)

Working in Brussels, in the European Union, developing projects, is my nearest dream. Although I know it is very difficult, I hope to get it some day no so far away.

Jesús H. Feito
2º Nivel Avanzado

sábado, 18 de octubre de 2008

Zoraida, by Sandra Jimeno (2NAH)

She’s 34 years old and she works as a journalist in the town of Corvera, near Avilés. To do it, she studied five years in Salamanca and she had a good time because she met a lot of people. The best about her job is the interesting people who work with her and the worst when she has to cover other people.

Zoraida now lives in Avilés but in the past she lived in Salamanca, Madrid and London. She really likes Avilés but she prefers London to live because there, you can find different cultures; however, it is more stressful than Avilés. As regards the place she was born, Avilés, she likes the old part and the carnival but she hates it when in summer, a lot of people travel to other cities and Aviles is empty.

Her life is very interesting; she has a small family and one brother who is 27 years old. She gests on well with him but she often argues with her mother. She likes travelling with them and having dinner on Sundays, however if she wants to travel, she prefers going with her friends. She doesn´t live with her parents, she lives with her boyfriend but they aren´t married.

Talking about her hobbies, she likes going to the cinema, listening to music and travelling around the world. She prefers the beach but she likes the mountain too and she loves skiing.

Zoraida likes other parts of Asturias like Gijón, Somiedo, Cabrales and the Peaks of Europe. Avilés is sometimes boring but it is changing, in her opinion.

Other things to add about her are that she loves animals and she has a cat and a dog.

Yamilet Martín López’s personal profile, by Silvia Miranda

Her name is Yamilet, but everyone calls her Yami. She’s 17 years old (almost 18) and she’s doing her last year at school, in the group of Social Sciences. That’s because she doesn’t want to study anything related to medicine or architecture, despite her mother would like her to. However, she doesn’t know what career she will do, maybe something about languages and travelling.
Yami lives in quite a big town in the north of Spain, but she doesn’t really like her hometown. In fact, she wants to move as quickly as possible. The place she would most like to live in is Japan, because when she was younger she got really into Japanese culture. But she wouldn’t mind living in another country in Europe.
One of the things she doesn’t like about Spain is Spanish stereotypes, like bullfights, and the image foreigners may have about Spain because of them.
She has a little sister, Claudia, who is 9 years old. They get on well because they have similar tastes, though they quite often have small arguments. Her mother works at a hospital, and her father started an engineering career, but he gave up. Most of her family live in Aviles, but they don’t really have a close relationship.
When Yami has spare time, she likes using her computer (she used to make friends on the Internet through messenger or forums). But nowadays, the main reason she uses Internet for, is to keep in touch with Japanese culture (she can even watch Japanese TV channels).
Yami used to play tennis, until she got bored of it. Instead, she now goes horse riding. She also likes listening to music (specially Asian singers) and reading all kinds of books.
She is quite a shy person with people she doesn’t know, but she becomes more extrovert when she gets to know them, and loves going out with her friends.

Susana, by Javier Campillo (2NAH)

Susana is a 25-year-old woman who lives in Asturias (Spain). She is an academy teacher for students from high school and university. She is the eldest of three sisters. Susana loves reading and learning foreign languages. She thinks that her personality and her job define her best.

Susana has lived with her parents and sisters all her life in Avilés, a small town in northern Spain, in a region called Asturias, which is famous for its blue cheese, its cider and also for the Formula One champion Fernando Alonso, who also comes from this region. Avilés is quite rainy in winter but also warm. In summer, it is packed with tourists who come to visit all the monuments, the old palaces and buildings. As in Asturias happens, many tourists also come to Avilés to try the gastronomy of the region. Avilés used to be a very polluted industrial region, but nowadays, this problem has almost disappeared.

As it was mentioned in the introduction, Susana loves learning foreign languages. She speaks English and German and that is the reason why she is at the Language School. She would like to be able to practise them more often, but she cannot because of time. She has to work a lot and she hardly has free time to travel. She tries to watch English TV or to read German magazines not to forget them. She has also been learning to drive and she is going to have her driving test soon. She feels really nervous and that is why she feels insecure when driving.

Talking about her personality, she is quite shy and introvert, therefore she doesn’t have a lot of friends, but the ones she has, they are very, very close friends. She met them at University, when she studied Chemistry and they have kept in touch.

Susana likes her job, because she knows a lot of people and helps them to learn, but it also can be stressing so she would like to find a better job with better timetables and salary, related to her degree, for instance at a factory or in research.

She used to be fond of sports (trekking, swimming, football (soccer), tennis…), but after a back injury, she had to stop practising them and now she can only watch them on TV. She has other interests like cinema, Internet, books…

SILVIA MIRANDA, by Yamilet Martín

Her name is Silvia and she is sixteen years old. She is studying first year of Bachillerato. She is doing Science because she wants to be a doctor, even though she used to hate blood. Silvia lives in Aviles, a small town in the north of Spain, and she really likes where she lives but she would like to live in another country, mainly England because she speaks the language and she has been there and loved it. She was born in Aviles, so it is her hometown, but her parents were born in a village near Aviles. Her father is a businessman and her mother is an English teacher. She has a little sister. Her name is Alicia and she is almost nine years old. They all live together and, even they have little arguments, they get on well. Almost all her family live in Aviles so they have a close relationship.
Silvia used to play tennis and go swimming until last year, when she gave up because she wanted to have more free time. In the winter she usually goes skiing with her uncles and cousins but she would like to learn snowboarding. She loves travelling and she would like to visit the most important cities in Europe like Rome, London, Paris…She has made an exchange with an English girl and now she is going there again.
In her free time she enjoys watching American TV shows, her favourite one is House M.D. but she also likes Shark and Cold Case. She is interested in American films and she likes reading all kinds of books, her favourite writer is Dan Brown. She doesn’t like Spanish music so she usually listens to British pop bands.
Silvia is a sociable person who likes meeting people and going out.

Sandra, by Zoraida Díez (2NAH)

I am going to introduce you to a very nice person. Her name is Sandra Jimeno and she is a student of English at the EOI Avilés. She is very young, she is only seventeen years old, but she is in her last year at the EOI and this month, one week ago, she started her degree at the University in Gijón, a city near Avilés, the place where she lives.

A degree in computer programming that in the future she hopes, when she finishes in three years, will help her find a good job easily. She has loved computers since she was a child, that’s why she decided, long time ago, to study this subject.

On the other hand, like most of young people, she likes going out with friends, listening to music, mainly English music, she hates rock music, and she loves travelling with her family.

She travels a lot with her parents. When she was younger she enjoyed in these journeys a lot, but now it is not the same, she has grown up, and, sometimes she feels alone and bored. It is in these situations when she misses a lot not having had any sisters or brothers.

She has always lived in Avilés, and she likes her city, she loves the old town of Avilés, a place with a lot of buildings full of history, but in the future, when she finishes her degree she would like to live somewhere else, a bigger and more lively city than Avilés. She thinks Madrid would be a good choice to find a proper job, but she knows that if in the future she lives somewhere else, she will never forget her origins, something so important in the development of a person’s personality.

Rocío, by Paula Ríos

Her name is Rocío Pérez Jorge and She’s from Avilés(Asturias), a small village in the north of Spain whose weather is humid and most of its inhabitants work in factories. She’s lived there all her life in spite of the fact that Avilés is not her favourite place in Asturias. She’d love living in Gijón because It’s where she studies, where she spends her free time and where her friends live.

She’s eighteen so she’s not married.She only lives with her parents. Her father is retired and her mother, who was not born in Asturias, has always worked at home, doing all the housework. Although he has not any brothers or sisters she has a big family because her father has five brothers and three sisters and her mother wasn’t the only child in her family either so she has a lot of cousins. She thinks it’s fantastic to have such a big family but, on the other hand, it’s difficult to keep all them in touch.

Rocío is a university student. She’s just started Industrial engineering although she wanted to be a journalist when she was a child. She’s looking forward to finishing the career in order to start working because what she really wants is to invent something new in her workable life. In fact, she’s studying English to be able to work abroad, in England.

In conclusion, she’s a hard-working girl!


My name is Pilar but everybody calls me Piluca. I’m from Asturias and I live in Salinas. I´m thirty five years old (today is right my birthday!) and I’m single. I have two brothers and two sisters and I’m the youngest of all.
I’ve studied Spanish Philology and I had the opportunity of living and studying abroad for a year; this experience was very positive for me and it made me a more open-minded person. Nowadays I work as a teacher and I enjoy my job because I really like being with young people.
I’m a very sensitive person and I think it’s a feature that sums me up. I’m honest, tolerant and sociable. One of my faults is being too tidy and negative, in many occasions.
Music is one of my hobbies and it has always been part of my life. I can’t imagine life without music. I’ve sung since I was a child and I’ve been a member of some groups. One of my favourite types of music is brazilian music because it has something magical, especially bossa nova.
I like children a lot and, as I haven’t got any, I spend lots of my free time with my nephews and nieces.
In short, I may say that I’m a simple person who loves life, who tries to make people around me feel well, and who doesn’t like unfairness.

PAULA RICO, by Rocío Pérez

Name: Paula Rico Rodríguez
Date of birth: 14.04.1991
Nationality: Spanish
Occupation: Student

Paula is 17 years old. She is studying last year at Paula Frassinetti’s School to be an industrial engineer in the future because she loves energies and she would like to improve the planet inventing something that avoided pollution.
Her father is an industrial engineer and is like an idol for her; this is one of the reasons she would like engineering and she loves this degree for the subjects too, she thinks it could be easy, she likes mathematics and physics. Her mum works as a nurse in Mieres.
Paula lives in Avilés, her hometown, a small seaside town in the north of Asturias. Avilés is her hometown and her father was born here too but her mum is from Extremadura because her grandparents on her mother’s side were working there but shortly after they moved to Asturias. She prefers living in Salinas because most of her friends are from there and in the summer they usually organize parties at the Nautico Club. In her opinion Avilés is too crowded because of St. James’ Way.
As regards family, Paula has a younger brother who is like her own son. Her parents decided to have another child because Paula insisted on not being an only child. She does not come from a big family, she only has 4 uncles and an only aunt and they do not have so many children. She really gets on well with her brother but not with one of her uncles. In the past, they were a close-knit family because every weekend they used to meet to have dinner but nowadays their relationship is a bit broken. They only meet at Christmas to exchange presents and spend Christmas Eve together. Paula likes spending time with her family because in her opinion if you do not have your family, you do not have anything but on the other hand she loves going out with her friends.

Nacho Campa, by Judith Valdés, 2NAH

Here, by my side, is Nacho de la Campa Schweizes. I can imagine that you are probably thinking: what a strange surname for a Spanish boy! Let me tell you before taking a wild guess that he’s eighteen years old and he’s been living here all his life.

This year, he has started studying Telecommunications Engineer in Gijon and he’s very proud of being the first in his family who studies it. The best part of being a ‘ Teleco ‘ Engineer, as he told me, is that he will have to deal with lots of different and modern computers and other kind of technologies, and this is a great chance to improve his English and French, because it’s the type of job in which people have to have a good command of different languages to share their knowledge and work together all over the world.
He’s been interested in technologies since he was a child, when he used to play computer games for hours, but as he admits, the worst part of it could be the fact that he has to study a lot to get his engineering degree and he will also have to study all his life to adapt himself to new discoveries.
Nowadays, it’s more difficult to get a job than years ago and he knows it, and says that his future is quite unknown but he is sure that he wouldn’t like to spend the rest of his life in the same job, because he’d like to discover many places and people in order to get wiser.

The second day we talked to him, he opened his house and let us know a bit more of his life. He was born eighteen years ago in Oviedo; his parents were also born in Asturias but one of his mother’s ancestors came from Hungary. After three years living in Oviedo, his family finally moved to Aviles because of his father’s job.
He told us that he wouldn’t like to return to Oviedo because he likes small cities and it’s the opposite. Aviles is ideal for him because it’s big enough to have a great population and a great relationship between them; I mean, he doesn’t like crowded places and Aviles is big enough, almost everybody knows the rest who are the same age, streets aren’t too noisy, etc. As a result, the best part of Aviles, in his opinion, is Carbayedo park. It’s a place surrounded by many pubs where people go to have a coffee and talk quietly or have dinner, tasting different and typical dishes. Furthermore, it’s one of the most visited places in Aviles for tourists from all the countries because of its typical old buildings.

We continue with the interview to finally stop with his family. It isn’t too big, because his mother has three brothers and his father only has one sister, Lucia. He also has a younger sister who is sixteen years old. He sees the moment to build his own family too far away to think about it so he starts explaining to us how they get on. He feels very lucky to have such a nice family, all of them get on well and they hardly argue. But, he clears up and says that this can’t be extended to the relationship between him and his sister because they are always argueing and fighting, it’s terrible.

He finishes saying that, even though he tries to spend most time with his family as he can, it’s almost impossible because of their timetable, they’re always arriving and leaving at different times and the only moment they can share together and in peace, is dinner.

Marta, by Laura González (2NAH)

Marta is an eighteen year old girl who lives in Raices. However, she was born in Boal.
Boal is a village in the western coast of Asturias, northern Spain. Her parents moved to Raices to look for a better job and they found it, now her father is working in a factory. Despite Marta doesn’t like Raices she thinks that the best time there is spring, when there is no football.

Marta might not be living in Raices in ten years time due to her job; she is studying the second year of Geology in Oviedo, the capital of Asturias. Even though she was not sure about studying Geology during the first year now she is enjoying it a lot. This is because of her free time, when she does not have to study too much she goes on trips or camps with her classmates where they continue learning Geology. The only problem that Marta finds in being studying Geology is that in the near future she will have to move to another country because in Spain there are hardly jobs for geologists.

In spite of the fact that Marta is an only child she has a big family. Her father comes from a big family; she has twelve uncles so Marta has lots of cousins with whom she gets on rather well but there is one with whom she is always arguing. Marta’s family looks like a close knit family but actually they are not. They spend their summer holidays together in Boal and they have dinner together sometimes during the winter but at these times they argue a lot and they don’t laugh too much.
On one hand Marta enjoys spending her free time with her family, especially with her grandfather, who is her best friend within the family but on the other hand, she enjoys a lot when she goes out at night with her friends.

In short, she is a great girl.

viernes, 17 de octubre de 2008


DATE OF BIRTH: 02-06-1990

Judith is a Spanish teenager who was born in Avilés, a small town in the north of Spain near the Cantábrico Sea. She is eighteen, she’s 1,74cm tall and she has long dark hair and brown eyes. Judith is a friendly person who really likes to go out with her friends at weekends but she recognizes, she is lazy too, since she forgets to do her homework so many times.

She lives in a peaceful village out of Avilés, it is called Molleda. It has got only a few neighbours so there aren’t any problems with noises, pollution or things like that, related with cities. There are big fields and gardens there as well, a long distance between the different detached houses. It’s really good if you have had problems with your last neighbours, as Judith’s parents had when they lived in a flat in Avilés. That was why the family decided to move to another place instead of staying in the same town where they had all been born. Now, Judith considers Molleda as her hometown because she has been living there for twelve years. She also thinks that it’s the most beautiful place in summer because of the close relationship between her village and the environment, she says it’s like a “natural paradise”.

When she talks about her family she is relly pleased. She has a big family: her mother, her father, her broher and a lot of uncles and aunts because her father has got four brothers and her mother has got six brothers and sisters but obviously she hasn’t got children, she says she is too young. However, in this big family there are very different types of relationships; she really gets on well with her cousin Marta but she has a lot of arguments with her brother because he is always in her bedroom and he takes her things. In spite of this, she thinks they are a close-knit family and she really likes spending part of her freetime with them (singing at Christmas or on a birthday, having dinner all together at a restaurant …)

Finally, she has just started at university this year. She is studying nursing really hard, almost thirty-six hours a week, however she would prefer medicine because she likes helping people, but she didn’t get enough marks to do that. She wants to finish her degree but she wants to study more things, so she isn’t really sure about her future job.

Jorge Braña, by himself

My name is Jorge Braña, I am nineteen years old and I am a student of History at the University of Oviedo. History has been my passion since I was a child, especially after having seen lots of films about the Roman Empire. I am really proud of what I am studying in spite of the fact that people tend to tell me that I should have started another career with more possibilities to get a job in the future.
As well as this “special” hobby as it is History, I enjoy doing the typical things for a young person. I like travelling as much as my savings allow me. For instance in the last few years I visited London, Rome and Paris and the next year I would like to study abroad with an Erasmus scholarship, maybe in Besaçon so that I could improve my French.
I really like music too. Although I cannot play any instrument and I am unable to sing without being compared with a cat I usually spend hours listening to music (especially indie rock bands as Hard-Fi and Razorlight or punk pop bands as McFly or Simple Plan) or trying to discover some new artists while I surf the net.
In addition, I’m mad about books, mostly, historical novels or biographies. However, I should admit that I never refuse to reading a book it does not matter the author, the century or the genre. The only thing that I usually take into account is the price, that’s why I enjoy buying second hand books in markets.
Nevertheless, with that description it seems that I am the typical guy that lives shut away in his room, which is not true because I love having parties with my friends and going to the cinema and theatre.

Hugo’s profile, by Marta Méndez, 2NA H.

Hugo is eighteen years old. His parents split up so he lives with his father, his stepmother and his stepbrother. He was born in Avilés, a village in Asturias, in the north of Spain. He has lived in Avilés all his life. His parents were born in León, in the middle of Spain.
The job is the most important thing in defining who he is because it is a main part in his life.
He’s studying computer engineering in Gijón (A village in Asturias). He has to study a lot to pass his exams. He’s been interested in computers since he can remember. In the future he wants to work as a videogames designer. His parents haven’t studied computer engineering. His father is a business man and his mother is a lawyer. His favourite subject in the first year of the course was algebra.
He has always lived in Avilés. He thinks that in the future he will move to Madrid (The capital of Spain) or Barcelona to get a good job.
His favourite place in Avilés is Ferrera park. He thinks that Avilés is only famous for a factory called Ensidesa.
His mother hasn’t any brothers and sisters but his father has five brothers and one sister. Moreover he has a sister and a stepbrother so he has a big family. The person with whom he gests on well is his sister. He admires her, because she has her job, her life, she is going to get married; in conclusion, she’s an independent girl.
He hasn’t got a close-knit family. They don’t spend much time together. They met sometimes to eat. His family doesn’t usually go on holiday together. Hugo prefers spending his free time with his friends.

HI!, by Félix Gancedo

My name’s Félix, I’m 28, and I live in Salinas. I’ve studied Biology in Oviedo, and for a couple of years I’ve been studying Tuina (Chinese massage) and Acupunture. I’ve just arrived from Beijing, where I’ve been for the last 30 days in a training course. I’m learning Chinese too, so it’s been a complete incursion in oriental culture. If I’m lucky, I will be able to go back to China, working there or as a student, I don’t care. It’s a wonderful country, with a shocking history and amazing people.
I’ve been studying English since I was a child, as everybody in my generation, I suppose... but I try to improve my knowledge because the books, comics and movies I like most are in English, American English. And I know that’s a problem, because when English teachers asked me, expecting answers like “prison”, “pig” and “kill”, I said “joint”, “hog” and “whack”. But I’m working on it, and I’ll keep my slang terms in a low profile. Anyway, I think reading and listening to English, no matter the source, it’s the best way to improve.
I guess I’m a bit weird, because of my unusual tastes and way of thinking, but... well... it has never been a problem. Any complaints, please let me know.

BEA, by Marisa Iglesias (2NA H)

Bea was born and grew up in Trasona, Aviles, one of the most important cities in Asturias, a region placed in the North of Spain which has a big coast surrounded by the Cantabrico Sea.
She lives with her parents in the same house where she was born but her only sister had to move to Menorca because of her job.
As she has always been a very sporty person she decided to study Physical Education to become a PE teacher. However after leaving university she really felt very disappointed because she realized how difficult it was to pass the public exams to start working at a public school. Fortunately, until now she has been working as a shop assistant at a clothes store. But, above all, Bea has a big wish in her life, she would like to have a baby although she knows she needs to be financially stable, which means, she will have to make a big effort to find a job that gives her security to achieve her goals.
Meantime, and to escape from her everyday life, she enjoys going cycling or climbing because it is a way of experiencing new feelings and emotions.
In conclusion Bea likes defining herself as a very healthy person who takes life as it comes and who dreams of getting a nice balanced life.

Antonio, by Lyra

Antonio (who is usually called ‘Antoin’ by his friends) is 38 years old. He is a hard-working and shy person who has lived in Avilés all his life, which is the third most important town in Asturias, in the North of Spain. But now he has just moved to Pravia (in Asturias too), where he has bought a house. He lives on his own and he is single. However, he would like to get married and have children. He gets on really well with his family and they usually have lunch together on Sundays, and so they help him to fix the house properly. Obviously, they are a close-knit family.
He works as an operator in a metal factory. He did vocational training to be a technical engineer, so he is working hard to get a promotion and use his studies more, which are very important to him. Even though it is a good job and he has great colleagues there, it is not his dream job because it is boring and he works in shifts, something which is tiring. He is the only one in his family who does that job. He is studying English because it is necessary in the present world, but he does not like it.
Although he loves travelling, it is complicated for him because of the shifts at work: he prefers travelling with friends, instead of going alone, but the timetables are impossible to fit. He is positive about that because he knows it is easier to travel nowadays than in the past (with the Euro and the European Union) and in the future maybe his situation will be better to travel. He has never been to an English speaking country.
One of his hobbies is surfing the Internet. He discovered the Net last year and at the moment he is downloading all kinds of films all the time, which is another of his hobbies. He has a collection of nearly two hundred films and his favorite type of films is romantic ones, especially ‘When Harry met Sally’. He always watches them in Spanish. On the other hand, he often listens to all kinds of music, no matter if they are in English, 80’s music and classical music in particular

Nacho Campa, by Judith Valdés (2NAH)

Here, by my side, is Nacho de la Campa Schweizes. I can imagine that you are probably thinking: what a strange surname for a Spanish boy! Let me tell you before taking a wild guess that he’s eighteen years old and he’s been living here all his life.

This year, he has started studying Telecommunications Engineer in Gijon and he’s very proud of being the first in his family who studies it. The best part of being a ‘ Teleco ‘ Engineer, as he told me, is that he will have to deal with lots of different and modern computers and other kind of technologies, and this is a great chance to improve his English and French, because it’s the type of job in which people have to have a good command of different languages to share their knowledge and work together all over the world.
He’s been interested in technologies since he was a child, when he used to play computer games for hours, but as he admits, the worst part of it could be the fact that he has to study a lot to get his engineering degree and he will also have to study all his life to adapt himself to new discoveries.
Nowadays, it’s more difficult to get a job than years ago and he knows it, and says that his future is quite unknown but he is sure that he wouldn’t like to spend the rest of his life in the same job, because he’d like to discover many places and people in order to get wiser.

The second day we talked to him, he opened his house and let us know a bit more of his life. He was born eighteen years ago in Oviedo; his parents were also born in Asturias but one of his mother’s ancestors came from Hungary. After three years living in Oviedo, his family finally moved to Aviles because of his father’s job.
He told us that he wouldn’t like to return to Oviedo because he likes small cities and it’s the opposite. Aviles is ideal for him because it’s big enough to have a great population and a great relationship between them; I mean, he doesn’t like crowded places and Aviles is big enough, almost everybody knows the rest who are the same age, streets aren’t too noisy, etc. As a result, the best part of Aviles, in his opinion, is Carbayedo park. It’s a place surrounded by many pubs where people go to have a coffee and talk quietly or have dinner, tasting different and typical dishes. Furthermore, it’s one of the most visited places in Aviles for tourists from all the countries because of its typical old buildings.

We continue with the interview to finally stop with his family. It isn’t too big, because his mother has three brothers and his father only has one sister, Lucia. He also has a younger sister who is sixteen years old. He sees the moment to build his own family too far away to think about it so he starts explaining to us how they get on. He feels very lucky to have such a nice family, all of them get on well and they hardly argue. But, he clears up and says that this can’t be extended to the relationship between him and his sister because they are always argueing and fighting, it’s terrible.

He finishes saying that, even though he tries to spend most time with his family as he can, it’s almost impossible because of their timetable, they’re always arriving and leaving at different times and the only moment they can share together and in peace, is dinner.

Marisa, by Beatriz Méndez, 2NAH

This is Marisa’s profile, a woman from Asturias, in northern Spain, whom I met last week, and I considered interesting for everyone to know about her because her life has some peculiar aspects.

She was born in Llanera, a village near Oviedo, the capital of Asturias, and she lived there for many years till she movedto Aviles, near the coast, for working reasons.
Her parents live there, in Llanera, in a house where Marisa always loves to come back because she prefers the countryside to the city. Llanera is a good place to rest, visit friends, walk with her dogs and forget the stressful life she has in Avilés.

She studied Economics and then she was working in a factory, but it closed down, so then she decided to sit for an exam to become a Civil Servant and now she is working at the Court in Avilés. She lives in a flat; her brother, who works at a hospital, lives upstairs and now she happier living here, but at the beginning it was hard.

When she has time, she loves to travel, she has been to many places like Egypt, Tunes, Turkey, and during the week she usually goes to the gym, sometimes to the cinema and she loves oversleeping at weekends.
She is single, but one day she hopes to have a baby, perhaps a family, but in the future, because now she is happy living alone, having time to read, listening to music bands like U2, her favourite one, and going out with her friends.

She is studying English as a hobby. She doesn’t need it to work, but when she travels it is very useful because her friends have no idea about this language, and Marisa enjoys it when she has the opportunity to speak English abroad.

Marisa is a very optimistic person, she always has a positive attitude towards life and sometimes she has read self-help books, it’s funny and sometimes they can help, that’s what she thinks. I hope she gets her life going on in a good way, she is a charming girl.

Hello! This is Scherezade’s personal profile, by Antonio Melchor

She’s a seventeen-year-old girl who was born in Oviedo (the capital of Asturias, North of Spain).
Nowadays she’s living in Corvera, which is 30 km far from Oviedo and close to Avilés, with her parents and her little sister “Sheila”.
She’s studying her last year at high school and also English. She likes studying foreign languages. In fact, she can speak English and French as well. Next year she’s going to study politics & law at the university in Madrid, the capital of Spain. There she’ll study Chinese as a third foreign language. She would like to work in the EU as a civil servant after having finished her university studies.
She enjoys a lot travelling, discovering new cultures, going sight-seeing, visiting the museums. She has been to Ireland and France and would like to go to India soon.
She loves music and going to the cinema. She can play the piano and the violin. She likes especially Irish music but her favourite music groups are U2 and The Corrs.
Finally, writing is her main passion and she has written many short stories. If you are interested in reading her latest story go and visit her personal blog on the Internet and just write the following:

Laura, by Hugo García

Laura is a teenager (in fact she is seventeen) who lives in Aviles, an industrial city next to the coast of Asturias, in the north of Spain. Nowadays, she is doing her last school year before university and tourism is the career she wants to study because she likes travelling and learning languages. She likes skiing, hanging out with her friends and going shopping.

Laura has neither brothers or sisters, nor grandparents, but she really gets on well with her cousins. Her father, who works as a teacher, used to live in Tolibia, which is a village in the mountains, in the south of Asturias, between Asturias and Leon. It is a nice place to have a relaxing time with good-looking landscapes and a nearby ski resort. In fact, she usually spends a month in the summer there and another month with her mother wherever as long as it is pretty close to the beach, for instance Cadiz, the last summer. Her mother works at a bank and lived in Pravia, a town near Aviles, before moving to Aviles, where all of them live.

As a result, Laura was born in Aviles, and she still lives there. She considers this is her hometown and his favourite place is Ferrera park, a lovely huge space, maybe the only one in the city.

José Luis Álvarez, by Carmen García, 2NAH

José Luis Álvarez is in his thirties, he lives in the north of Spain, in a small and industrial village called Avilés with the people who have brought him up, his parents. He is an only child. Nowadays he is looking for a job as a computer technician, although he hates it. Before studying Information Technology, he started Geology and then Nursing; however what he really likes is Art.
In spite of loving animals, he hasn’t got a pet at the moment, though he is used to having dogs. In addition, He doesn’t like things that people, who are in their thirties, usually love, so José Luis is considered a strange person by his family .
On the one hand, he is completely obsessed with arts, above all, 18thcentury, he loves pictures and architecture, so I think he is very mature.
On the other hand he is mad about old and French music, especially he looks up to Vallerie Masterson, who is an opera singer and Lully, a French composer.
What is more, he is interested in sports; tennis and formula one are some of them, despite the fact that he doesn’t practice any of them.
He also loves travelling. If he decided to change his life, he would move to San Petersbourgh.
Finally, the most important thing to him in defining who he is are his ideas, his hobbies and the way he behaves. He seems an amazing person!

Cristina Cerón, by Ana Vázquez

Cristina is seventeen years old and she was born on 14th October 1990. Nowadays she is studying Law at Oviedo university, in the north of Spain. The first term started a few days ago so she does not know if the teachers are good because she has just attended a few lessons. The decision of studying the career was not easy, at first she thought about doing Law and Economics but finally she decided being a lawyer could be a good job. She knows a little bit of French but she does not like languages much. Cristina thinks that the best of studying at university is the independence students have. She admitted the first day she was a bit scared but then she realized everybody was as nervous as her. Going to university every morning takes her one hour by bus. If you look at her notes some day, you will find out what are Law subjects, and you can discover from Roman law to History of Law.

At home things are different; there is not so much freedom. She lives with her parents. Her mother was born in Asturias (north of Spain) and his father in Jaén (south of Spain). She also lives with her brother, who is twenty six years old. She gets on really well with him; besides, he sometimes gives her money to go out. We can say they are a close-knit family. They eat, travel and go to the cinema together.

Cristina does know how to have fun, she loves being with her friends all over the city and going to this disco called "Quattro Dance", in her opinion it is the best place to have a good time in her hometown. Asturias, where she lives, is a famous place because of its green landscapes and warm beaches. Every summer it is odd to find a gap in these beaches although it is not very hot here.

Listening to techno and rock music, going shopping and dancing are some of her favourite activities. She hates reggaeton and classical music. She is not interested in reading and she is fond of animals, especially wolves. At home she takes care of two budgerigars. She loves the TV series "Sex and The City" and the main character Carrie Bradshaw, performed by Sarah Jessica Parker. In the future she wants to earn a lot of money as a lawyer to buy so many pair of shoes as the actress has got in her wardrobe.

ANA’S PROFILE, by Cristina Cerón, 2NAH

Ana Vázquez is a 16-year-old teenager who lives in Corvera, a small town placed in the province of Asturias in the north of Spain. She has been living there since she was born. Her family is formed by her father, her mother and her little sister Cristina. Her parents were born in a different place but they came to Asturias because of their jobs.
She likes her hometown because there are a lot of funny places there.

Regarding the studies, she is doing second level of Bachillerato at a small high school in Corvera. She gets there everyday by bus and she finds it a bit hard because the teachers are quite strict this year. Her favourite subjects are Latin and Greek, she doesn’t like History at all. In the future she would like to move to Madrid in order to study journalism. Her dad is an architect and her mum is a designer.

Her family is quite an important part of her life and the most important for her in defining who she is. She spends as much time as she can with her family. She believes that they are a close-knit family and that they do many things together, such as barbecues, having lunch with her grandparents every Sunday or having dinner all together at Christmas. She really gets on well with her sister and they usually talk a lot. She also goes on holidays every summer with her family to Galicia (near Portugal) and spends two weeks there.

Basically, her hobbies are reading, chatting on msn, going to the cinema, going bowling, listening to music (Beyoncé, The Corrs, Eminem) and travelling. Although she loves her family a lot, she prefers spending more time with her best friend Ana. She is her best friend because she is an active, sociable and funny person.
In her free time, she enjoys going shopping or watching TV and on Saturdays she goes with her friends to the disco.

JAVIER’S PROFILE, by Susana García Rovés (2NAE)

Javier is 18 years old. He has just begun studying at University. He is studying Industrial Engineering in Gijón and thinks it is very hard because he will have to study a lot, although he is really excited about it. He would like to work for a big company in the future, where his ideal job would be in an office and travelling at the same time.
He likes studying foreign languages, besides he thinks it is very important for his future career. He studies English ( 6th year) and German (4th year) and can speak a little French too, because he studied it at High School.
His home town is Avilés because of his studies. He lives with an aunt now, but he usually lives in Soto del Barco. Soto del Barco is a small village in Asturias in the north of Spain. Javier likes pets and he has got two dogs in his garden. Soto is famous for a roundabout and a traffic light, which caused a lot of traffic jams in the past. A luxurious hotel has just been built in an old building, which was a palace owned by a well-known family from Soto in the past. The only thing Javier doesn’t like about Soto is that there isn’t any cinema or disco and he and his friends don’t have anywhere to go. There isn’t a High School in Soto, so he had to go to Pravia.
He is an only child, although he comes from a big family. He has a lot of cousins because his father has six brothers. He spends his holiday with his parents in the mountains in Cabrales. He used to spend a lot of time with his mother because she is a housewife, but he spends less time with his father because of his job.

Ricardo Cordero, by himself

My name is Ricardo Cordero, I was born in Avilés in 1978, I got married there and I still live there. My parents came to Asturias from León many years before I was born but I´m the only one of my brothers who was born here. I have four brothers and one sister and I´m the youngest, we all live in Asturias and I get on very well with all of them but we don´t spend much time together because we all have our own house and family and many of them have children.

If I have to say something about my hometown is that I love living here, I don´t like big cities and here I can cross the city walking in 20 minutes, when I go back home from my job on Friday afternoon I park the car in the garage and usually I don´t take it out until Monday morning. Avilés is a great city to live in, it is small but it has all kind of facilities such as hospital, supermarkets, library etc...

I work as an accountant in a company in Gijón, I have a degree in Economics and I have been working there for three years. I became an accountant by chance because I tried to study Engineering but I found it quite difficult and I started to study Economics just because my girlfriend then (my wife now) was studying the same. That change had a good result because I discovered that I liked learning about economy so now I´m quite happy with my job. I´d like to continue in the same job but nowadays it´s difficult to be sure about things like that, I enjoy doing my job and I find it satisfying.

In my free time I like having coffee with my wife and our friends or just going for a walk with our dog.

MARCOS, by Paloma González, 2NAE

Marcos is in his mid teens. He is from Pravia, a small city in the middle of Asturias. He loves his city, he says that Pravia is wonderful. On one hand you have the advantages of living in the city: you have everything at hand, the shops, the cinemas, the cafes,… so you don’t need to go everywhere by car. On the other hand, the buildings are not too high; there is a low level of noise and stress; and of course, you can know everyone, if not directly, through a common friend or a relative.
Talking about his family, his situation is a bit odd. They are nine people living in the same house all together. And of course, it is a fact that some people could think it is usual but I think it is unusual here. Taking that into acount everybody could understand that he prefers to spend his free time alone at home, just listening to music, reading, … or simply relaxing. Apart from that, he also likes playing different sports: tennis, volley, skiing,.. but he hates basketball, and it is a funny fact, because when he meets someone, the first question is: You play basketball, don’t you?
At this moment he is at high school but that doesn’t mean he has no idea of what he wants to do in the future. He wants to study Arquitecture, not in Coruña (it is a city that is 3,5 hours away by car) but in Madrid (the capital of Spain, about 5 hours away by car). He would like to be a famous arquitect known all over Europe. That means a big change in his life, he will change from living in a “big village” without too much noise and stress, to live in the capital, with its big buildings, traffic jams, noises, stress,…
But in fact, the main problem for him would be the buildings themselves. He doesn’t like living in the “big buildings”, those ones that are more than two o three storeys high. So, what will he do when he has to live in Madrid, Paris or maybe London?


My name is María Fernández. I was born in Avilés in 1980 and I’ve been living here all my life. I’m a teacher at a high school but, in my opinion, the job is not the most important thing to define a person. I think that your lifestyle or the education that you had received during your childhood are most significant.

I started my studies of Biology at the University in 1998 and I finished them in 2003. I remember these years very well because they were vital in my life as a teacher, since I learnt all I know now there. However, I must say that I‘ve learnt a lot from my family too because my parents are teachers and they help me every time I need them. I love my job and I enjoy doing it, except when I have problems with the students’ behaviour. I find it quite difficult to understand why some students don’t want to learn how to become adults and be successful in our society.

My family is the most important thing to define me. I know that it’s difficult to explain this relationship but I think that nobody should lose his/her family because they never leave you alone when you need their help. I have a close-knit but small family so all of them have been part of my education.

The town or the country where a person was born is important for nationality but not at all when we talk about identity. All of us are European citizens so we should have similar values and feelings. It’s necessary to feel that you belong to a certain region too, but we must form a bigger unit because nowadays frontiers are disappearing.

Personal profile

Name: Felisa
Age: middle aged
Birthtown: A beautiful, historical small town where I lived my most memorable moments. Plasencia
Current Residence: a nearly as beautiful as Plasencia town, in the north of Spain where my moments have not been that memorable. Oviedo
Job: A teacher in a great language school. Avilés
Interests: Languages, travelling, meeting people , cinema, reading etc...

An interview with Paloma, by Marcos Paramio, Advanced Level, 2nd Year, Group E

What is your name?
My name’s Paloma

So, Paloma, I’ll start the interview. Let me see… Let’s talk about your job. What do you do?
I have been working as an officer in Arcelor for more than three years.

That’s good. What did you study to obtain this job?
Well, I studied engineering, but maybe if you study some similar degrees you would obtain the same job.

And do you like your job, or maybe you want to have a different job?
Well, when I was a student I didn’t know exactly what I would want to be, because I liked maths and physics, and finally I decided to study engineering. But it doesn’t mean that I don’t like my job, I want to stay in my job for many years…haha

Well, let’s talk about something else because I’ve started to become stressed talking about working...
Haha...That’s funny

What do you want to talk about? For example: family, hometown, identity...
I don’t know...hometown

Ok. Where is your hometown?
It‘s near Avilés, about four or five kilometres...It’s in the middle of the countryside

And do you actually live there?
No, I’m living in Avilés at the moment.

And what do you prefer: living in the city or in the country?
I love the country, so I go to my hometown as many times as I can. It’s so relaxing to go for a walk in a place where you aren’t stressed... I’m sure you know what I mean.
Of course, my hometown is a village too and it’s true what you have said. Is there another reason why you love the country?
There are so many... for example, you breathe such a clean air... you live in a big comfortable don’t have so many worries... the only inconvenience in my home town is that there aren’t any shops.

Yes, there are only houses. If you want...I don’t know, for example, if you want to buy a pair of shoes or drink a coffee you have to take your car and go to Aviles or somewhere else.

It’s very curious and strange, isn’t it?
Yes, but people get used to it.

So you know very well the differences between your village and the city, don’t you?
Of course, cities like Aviles are modern and almost have everything you could buy, but, if you realize what people’s lifestyle is like, so stressed all the time... Not all are advantages in the cities and in the villages.

Is your family living in your hometown at the moment?
My parents are living there, but my brother is living and working in Madrid.

Who do you get on with best of all?
I get on well with all of them, but especially with my mother.

It’s easier to get on well with a woman than with a man, because we are closer.
Yes, and my brother and my father are similar in you guess what I mean.

They are less amiable, aren’t they?
You’re right

Do you prefer spending your time with your family or with your friends?
Obviously with my family.

I’m living here in Aviles at the moment, so I try to spend my time with my family every time I can, because they are living somewhere else, and my friends are here.

Is there anything else you’d like to add about the family?
I’m not sure what else I can tell you...

What are your hobbies?
I like reading, swimming and skiing.

Do you like skiing? Me too. I have skied since I was three.
Really? You’re lucky. When I was young I couldn’t ski a lot.

My mother broke a leg, and when she recovered from it, she didn’t want to go again, so...if she didn’t go, nobody would go.

I see... Is there anything else you would like to add to the interview?
I think there isn’t anything else…

Thank you very much for your interview.
You’re welcome