I am Disappointed in America’s Future 

There is darkness that America is now dealing with Turmp in office . It makes me super nervous and sad about the future of my homeland. I see so much turmoil about to to be released on America. I sit in Spain wondering what will become of America with the new president in the White House. America is going backwards instead of forwards . I am not happy with this fact. I want to fight for a better tomorrow for future generations.

I want to stay overseas and make a life for me somewhere else. In my opinion, America is in deep deep water with a lunatic at the helm of the ship. I can’t believe I am living in a time where a crazy man is in control of America.
I mourn the lost of what America use to be. The American Dream died the day the lunatic took his oath. Americans must resist the crazy man and stand strong. I am going to find away to support my beliefs back in America.

Beaches nearby Marseille France to Visit During Your Holiday

I spent five days in Marseille, France, on a nice summer holiday. I enjoyed escaping from my busy life in Madrid. I needed this holiday because the past school year was a struggle for me. It was nice to go back to France and have a very enjoyable holiday. Southern, France, was just charming and amazing. I fell in love, again, with another place in Europe.

I flew into Marseille from Madrid. Marseille is more laid back and older than Paris. I found it to be easy to get from the airport to the city centre.There are a few options for getting to the city centre. It’s possible to catch a bus or a train to the city centre. Using either the bus or train will require an exchange to the metro; it is easy to find the metro system at the main train station. There are only two lines: the red line and the blue line. I only used the metro go to the city centre and back to the airport.

Marseille is a very easy to navigate on foot. It is possible to see this city in 2 and half days. Most major attractions cost nothing or a few euros. The museums are nice, but will cost more than 8 Euros. The beaches are the best part of this city.

The coastline of Southern France is just stunning. The limestone cliffs and the crystal clear water of the Mediterranean Sea are just remarkable. I’ve never seen anything as breathtaking as the Mediterranean Sea. During my holiday, I went to two major points of interest for swimming and beach time: Calanques National Park and the Island of Frioul. Both beaches were very rocky with beautiful clear water. These beaches put my native Texas beaches to shame. Just lovely beaches!

Calanques National Park is about a 45-minute bus ride from the city centre of Marseille. It’s easy to spot Bus # 21 in Plaza Castellane. Ride to the end of the line towards L’avenue de Prado. The bus drops off nearby a university. From the drop off point, it will take 45-minutes to reach the water. Hint: follow everyone walking towards the hiking trail. So worth the hike!

The scenery is very enjoyable to sit back and enjoy. The white cliffs and light blue water compliment each other. It’s possible to spend all day enjoying the beauty of this park. Before you go on a hike to this water, you need to have a good pair of walking shoes, your day bag together with provisions for the day, and other important items for your hike. The hike back up will be wearisome, but you will be thankful you spent the day swimming and enjoying the beach.

On another day, I spent half a day on the Island of Frioul. You can get to this island by a ferry from the Old Port in Marseille. There are various ferry companies that can get you out to the islands. The ferry ride takes about 30 minutes from the Old Port. It costs about 10 Euros for a round trip ticket. The water was refreshing, so bring you swimwear with you.

When you get to the island, you can buy a cheap lunch at one of the sandwich shops. Grab some lunch and explore the island. There are many nice points and beaches to enjoy. I would suggest packing a day bag with all your essentials for the day. You will be tired by the time you get back to the Old Port. Get dinner and take a nap. Then get some wine and enjoy the evening in Marseille. The city is nice to walk around at night. Enjoy!

Marseille is not as famous as Nice, but tourist should consider adding Marseille to their list of places to visit during a holiday to Southern France. There were not as many tourists in this city compared to London or Barcelona. If you want few tourists, then go to Marseille for a holiday. Also, Marseille is a diver’s paradise. There are lots of options for chartered dives from Marseille. The water is just beautiful. I hope you were inspired to go to Marseille for the beaches. Just a beautiful place!

How to Get: Certificato Por Delitos Naturaleza Sexual

This year the Spanish Government passed a new law that requires anyone working with children to register and prove that they don’t have any kind of history of doing anything wrong with children. This new paperwork has caused a lot of confusing for people. Fear not! It’s easier than one thinks.  For more information on this document check out this site.

Here are the steps:

  1.  Download the PDF form from the Ministry of Justice site
  2. Fill it out (2 copies) 2
  3. Go to calle Bolsa with the papers and a copy of NIE and wait to be called
  4. Give paperwork to the clerk sitting at the table
  5.  The clerk stamps your copy and gives it back to you
  6. Scan the form and send it to place of work
  7. 6-10 days later, you will receive a message containing a code
  8.  You have to sign in with in the website and download the main certificate

Plans for Summer 2016

This summer I will be back in the States for a total of nine weeks and then I will be back in Spain for another school year. This summer I plan to focus on a couple tasks. I need to get a new visa and collect a few documents for my new job. I plan to study for the GRE this summer and get my test date official set for sometime this fall. I will be going to France at the end June to enjoy some time on the beach and then on another trip in July to California for a few days. Who knows what else I will be doing this summer, but I plan to enjoy time seeing family and friends and having all the foods I have missed the last 9 months. In September, I will be starting another school year. I am ready!

How to Get a Spanish Background Check in Person

Doing any kind of paperwork in Spain can be a daunting task, I know firsthand how stressful it is do anything with the government. In this post, you will learn how to successfully obtain a Spanish background check at Ministerio de Justicia in Madrid.

It is easier to do this task in Spain than from overseas. I requested a background check  from the U.S. and it was stressful. It took two weeks to get my background check by post.  I was a wreck, but everything worked out in the end. Okay. Let’s get back on topic: how to obtain a background check in Spain.

First thing you will need to do is get a copy of the 790 Form. You can go the Ministry of Justice and get a copy outside the main entrance. Also, you can download  and print a copy of the form the Ministry’s website.  Fill out only the Administration part. Here’s detailed information on how to fill out the form. I got this information from the blog called Knocking on Doors.

“You can download this form in Spanish or English from the Ministry of Justice website (links above). Each time you download it your receipt number changes so make sure you are using the same form for all of your different copies! You will be sending the form that says Copy for the Administration to Spain.

Fill out Identification (I) Section will your old NIE number, name and address. Ignore box 16.

In the Self-Assessment (2) Section check box 17 for Criminal Record. In Part A, write in that you will be using it in the United States for the Consulate General of Spain. In Part B, fill in your old NIE number and your information. For 32, I put Spanish long-term student visa application.  Ignore 33 unless you want to receive a background check from other EU countries (not sure what happens if you do this).  Ignore Part C.

In the Informant (3) Section, the first dotted line is the city you live in followed by the date in day-month-year format. Sign.

In the Deposit (4) Section, for the amount in euros boxes but 3 in the first larger box and 66 in the smaller box.

Do this for the collaborating entity copy and interested party copy, which you will keep for yourself (Knocking on Doors).”

After you complete filling out the form, you need to go to your bank and pay the tasa (tax) to the Ministry of Justice. At the moment, the tasa is 3.70 in Euros. This can change; therefore, it is best to check what the current rate for the tasa.  This will save yourself some major headaches and wasting more money.

After you complete the two tasks above, go to the Ministery of Justice  on Calle de la Bolsa 8, 28012 Madrid and wait in line. Also, bring your passport or NIE!  The two closes metro stations are Sol (Lines: 1,2, and 3) and Triso de Molina (Line: 1).  Once you get past security, you need to get a ticket from the kiosk. Select the option called:  “antecedentes penales.” Then wait for your number to be called and then you will get your background check right on the spot.

 

 

May Update 

Things are starting to come to an end. I have less than 2 and half weeks left of work. This month I had a couple of friends come visit me. It was great to see friends and catch up. I went to Barcelona for a weekend and then back to Toledo for a day with a friend from Texas. I am glad that I have time to get things together for the summer such as summer storage, plane ticket, and packing. I am ready to get back to Texas for a quick visit and then back to Spain.

An Emotional Visit to Auschwitz

On March 18th, 2016, I went to Auschwitz a concentration camp in Poland. The experience of visiting this concentration camp opened a door that showed the un-beautiful and evil side of humanity. I still can’t believe how recent the crimes that took place here happened. It was nearly 71 years ago when Auschwitz closed on January 27, 1945. The Red Army (the Soviets) liberated the prisoners of Auschwitz. I’ve read a lot on this topic.    Plus, I’ve watched many documentaries about World War II and Auschwitz. I have learned a lot, but all the learning I have done didn’t prepare me emotionally for my visit.  There isn’t anyway to emotionally prepare for a visit to Auschwitz. The emotions one will experience will be dark, depressing, and just shock.

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I experienced all kinds of different emotions while at Auschwitz. I was mainly in a state of shock during my visit. It’s one thing to watch or read about Auschwitz, but to be present at the crime scene where such evil was committed is a totally different level of emotion and realism. I couldn’t believe around nearly 1.1 million people were murdered at this concentration camp at the hands of the Nazis. It’s a massive camp with smaller sister camps nearby. For me two exhibits set everything into reality: the room with all the shoes and the room with women’s hair of the murdered victims.The hair and shoes once belonged to a living person. A person with a name and life story that disappeared from this Earth in less than two hours to ash. No more and lost to time. GONE. To think this happened is a very eerie feeling and bone chilling.

All the torn and dusty objects on display still can’t help someone comprehend the large scale, for the mass destruction that took place at Auschwitz is unfathomable. One in six Jews who died in the Holocaust were murdered here, and more people died here than the British  and American lives lost during World War II combined. The life lost here is the highest in the history of mankind. It’s so high that I had a hard time trying to imagine the people lost. It’s impossible.

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As I was touring Auschwitz, I felt a heavy emotion of sadness over come me. I felt this way the whole time as I was walking around the concentration camp. This heavy emotion was like a dark rain cloud above me. Kinda of like Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh with his little rain cloud that follows him around in the cartoon series. I can’t remember another time in my life where I felt such strong heartache and misery at one time. These emotions were deeper than spells of depression I have experienced in my life. When I was in my late teens to my early 20s, I had some very dark spells of depression that I had to wrestle through. It’s hard to describe such senses in writing. To feel these depressing emotions and to fully understand what I am explaining, one needs to make the trip to Auschwitz.

Many people call Auschwitz a museum, but to me it is more than a museum or memorial. It’s a cemetery to those who were murdered by the Nazis. There are no individual tombstones marking every single victim killed, but there are building remains from 1940-1945 and memorials setup as reminders of what happened to all the victims. The victims’ ashes were thrown in the nearby river or placed on the soil.

Going to Auschwitz is a form of paying your respects to the victims of the Holocaust and remembering the evil that was committed there. As mankind as a whole, we mustn’t forget these evil crimes committed. We need to remember what happened and never repeat such crimes. If we forget, we have set a destiny of repeating such tragic and horrendous crimes again to our fellow brothers and sisters of the human race.

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One thing that really annoyed me while I was at Auschwitz was the lack of respect had people had for this place. I saw a lot of people taken selfies with selfie sticks. Let me ask. Would you take a selfie with a dead loved one in their casket? The answer is probably no.I think it’s unacceptable to take selfies with selfie sticks at such a place.

I recall seeing people taking selfies with the entrance gate with the famous words Arbeit Macht Frei sign. Just made me sick seeing people take these pictures. Another incident was a person climbing over a chained off area to get a selfie with the remains of one of the crematoriums. Absolutely totally no respect for the victims of the Holocaust. Seeing people have no respect, made my stomach twist and turn. I was very sick seeing these people take out a selfie sticks and take pictures at Auschwitz. I definitely believe selfie stick should be banned at this location because it is a cemetery and memorial to the victims of the Holocaust.

I do realize that humans react differently to events, stories, and ect. However, I still believe many people would experience the same kind of emotions I described above. I just do not understand how people could think it’s a great idea to take a selfie with the remains of a crematorium where innocent peoples’ corpses where burned and turned to ash. Maybe I’m overreacting, but I think it’s very disrespectful to take pictures of this nature here.This was the only thing that made me very upset about others at this concentration camp. This is my only complaint. Now on to why everyone should visit Auschwitz.

I believe everyone should make the trip to Auschwitz. Why? Auschwitz shows mankind how evil and dark the human race has been. It’s an important reminder that humankind mustn’t tread in those waters again. Seeing Auschwitz shows the soul the dark side of human nature that is possible if one is allowed to do such horrid acts against their fellow brothers and sisters of the human race. We mustn’t forget where we have come from because if we forget we are doomed to repeat such atrocious acts. History can and will repeat itself, so it is our duty to be educated about the events of the past and not to forget what mankind has done.

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After this trip, I feel that I am better human because I have seen the remains of what happened at Auschwitz. Going to Auschwitz has been on the major life changing highlights of my life.  I am aware of the dark side of humankind and how this evil can act towards fellow humans. I pray we never enter this realm again. We must never forget what happened during the Holocaust.