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Guess Who’s # 1 Again!

Posted on September 17th, 2007 by Matt Brattin

ESADE! That’s who! Our second year in a row atop the Wall Street Journal International rankings, and we are all pretty happy! In fact, we just got word we will be having wine to kick off lunch with a little celebration, so that should be nice. For those interested, the following is a quick excerpt […]

Hey! You’re that guy from the video!

Posted on September 10th, 2007 by Matt Brattin

I have to admit that I’ve lagged on making this post. I originally began writing after my first official “meet-n-greet” with a group of my fellow ESADE classmates, but suddenly the momentum just picked me up and here I am not only past introduction week, but one week into the pre-term! I apologize for this […]

Guess Who’s Here?!

Posted on September 10th, 2007 by Matt Brattin

Blanca!!! That’s right, she’s finally here with me in Barcelona. She left California Saturday afternoon and arrived here Sunday evening. I met her at the airport and had trouble holding back my tears of joy when I finally saw her. Thankfully she wasn’t too exhausted when we got into town so I was able to […]

A Special Shout Out / Update

Posted on August 31st, 2007 by Matt Brattin

I just wanted to make a special shout out and give a big thank you to Stefan for thinking of me when he wound up with an extra ticket to the FC Barcelona vs Milan game the other day! By convenient timing everything worked out and I got to see, in person, BCN whoop on […]

The Trip

Posted on August 27th, 2007 by Matt Brattin

The Departure I’m starting this post while wasting time in the Dublin International Airport during my seven-hour layover – only four hours to go! Yeah, so my trip started with a teary-eyed parting from my family at the Fresno airport, but I quickly grew concerned that I’d be seeing them much sooner than expected. I […]

Letter of Clearance – Revisited

Posted on August 23rd, 2007 by Matt Brattin

During the last few days before I left, Blanca and I decided to get a few documents together that she will need for her Spanish visa whenever she gets her passport. The only reason I have decided to post about this is because we encountered a problem while getting the letter of clearance that I […]

For My Father

Posted on August 16th, 2007 by Matt Brattin

On Sunday, August 5, 2007 my father, Tom Brattin, passed away. The following was his obituary as it appeared in one of the papers: Thomas M. Brattin, 53, formerly of San Luis Obispo County passed away Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007, in Fresno, Calif.Tom graduated from San Luis Obispo High School in 1972 and quickly began […]

Where To Start

Posted on July 29th, 2007 by Matt Brattin

Last weekend I was in Las Vegas for a last hurrah with a small group of friends. We had a good time, and when we returned Sunday Blanca and I had a quick family barbecue at my parents’ home.  We were in a hurry, however, to get home and do laundry, as we had to […]

Can’t Win Them All…

Posted on June 21st, 2007 by Matt Brattin

Well, I never lost hope, and while I still cannot say it is “official,” it is pretty darn close. I haven’t received a letter from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation yet, but I’ve been pathologically checking their site to see if by chance they would update the list of scholarship winners…and it looks like they […]

Topsy Turvydom

Posted on June 13th, 2007 by Matt Brattin

Thursday, June 7th it finally came. The letter Blanca had been waiting for for nearly a year now – her interview appointment with the INS. We were excited beyond words…granted it was about two months later than we had hoped, but it finally arrived and we knew July 3rd was the day. According to what […]