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Dear Ugly American,

Posted on March 19th, 2008 by Matt Brattin

I’m not perfect – I’ve never claimed to be. I am proud to be an American – I would never deny to be. Nevertheless, I am getting tired of the apparent lack of respect, and I would say pride, many of my fellow, typically youthful, Americans seem to have when traveling abroad. Without fail, on […]


Posted on February 23rd, 2008 by Matt Brattin

Sometimes it hits me unexpectedly. I could be riding the metro in the morning on my way to school, maybe making my way through some obscure streets in Born after an evening out with a group of friends, or even just while going for a walk with Blanca – I’m living in Barcelona. Yeah, sounds […]

Grade Non-Disclosure

Posted on January 19th, 2008 by Matt Brattin

So we have this grade non-disclosure policy here at ESADE, which basically means I’m not supposed to disclose (or I have a choice to disclose, I believe) my grades on campus. I’ve never had this before, but still, every interview I’ve had thus far the interviewer has asked about grades. Well, up until yesterday, we […]

I’m Still Here!

Posted on January 13th, 2008 by Matt Brattin

I know, this is a sorry excuse for a post, but it has just been so long since I wrote that I feel like I at least need to write something! The quick and dirty is that after Malta was finals, after finals kicked my butt my mother and “little” sister visited Barcelona for three […]

Malta – In Record Time!

Posted on December 8th, 2007 by Matt Brattin

I know I just posted, and my last post was all about how little time I have, and now I’m posting again after one day, but I guess that’s what happens when you’re on a four-day weekend and don’t feel like doing work the whole time! So, here is another slideshow of pictures I took […]

Radio Silence

Posted on December 6th, 2007 by Matt Brattin

I’m sitting in my hotel room in Malta for the long weekend before finals and I decided it’s simply been too long, so I need to make a new post. I know I’ve said in the past that I haven’t had a lot of free time lately, but this time instead of simply repeating myself, […]

Couple Slideshows

Posted on November 12th, 2007 by Matt Brattin

I believe the digital camera is one of my favorite inventions in recent history, as it allows me to take as many pictures as I please and quickly share them with people all over. Well, after receiving various compliments lately, including in my last post, I decided to throw you two more photo albums / […]

I’m Legal!

Posted on November 1st, 2007 by Matt Brattin

So, I’m finally a legal Spanish resident€¦even have the card to prove it! I must say it was a long and often frustrating process, but it is over now (for the first year) and I’m happy about that. I said before that I would describe the process I had to undergo in order to get […]

Career Week, Confusion, Mi Cumpleaños, and Some Traveling

Posted on October 20th, 2007 by Matt Brattin

Hola todos! Today I turned 26 years old and I figured it would be a nice gift for myself to set some time aside to finally make a new post! €˜Tis true, I really do enjoy posting, so here I go. I can assure you I’ve been thinking about posting just about every day since […]

El Montanya

Posted on September 26th, 2007 by Matt Brattin

I’m posting bit later than I had expected, but hey, I’ve been a little busy. As of right now I’ve been in Barcelona for just over a month, so bear in mind as I discuss the El Montanya retreat that this happened three weeks ago. Day three of introduction week felt a lot like my […]

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