It has been a while since my last post (although my feature in CMC Currents got me a record high of 50 views yesterday!) and it is time for an update. I have been having internet issues so I can´t share any photos right now unfortunately. I went to the beach town of Sanlúcar de la Barrameda last weekend to escape the 100+ weather in Seville with my host family and left not only with a terrible sun burn, but also with three interviews set up for when i return next week. I interviewed a nice man today, Pepe, who gave me some interesting insight into the occurance of some families pushing their children into the priesthood or into a convent when the family could not feed the children. Interesting stuff! More soon, un besito!
On Friday I had my first interview! This interview was with one of my host mom’s closest friends, Reyes, and it went extremely well. She gave me a very clear perspective onto how non-radical conservative lived during the post-civil war years.
This week I am planning on going to a few retirement homes to find some more people to interview. My host sister says that this would be a great idea as she frequently goes to retirement homes for various psych studies and always gets a great response from the people she uses as subjects.
I have my first interview scheduled for tomorrow at 11:30. I’m feeling prepared as I have written out a bunch of questions, bought lots of extra batteries for my recorder, and I have all my release forms printed. I also will be using my iphone as a back up recorder as my biggest fear right now is that I will finish an interview and find that my recorder (or more likely my operating skills) malfunctioned.
I will be sure to write about how it went and maybe post a photo or two so check back soon for an update! I want to thank everyone for keeping up on my blog. I have gotten so many views and some really nice comments (excluding whoever commented about the paella that gave me food poisoning during my trip to Granada haha).
Sending my love from Sevilla!
I have exciting news! After reading a few articles by the same Professor at the University of Granada, I decided to reach out to him by email and see if he had any information for me. He responded to me in mere minutes, telling me that he is writing a book about some similar topics and that he has a lot of information to send my way, including leads for interviews in a small town outside of Granada.
I am so excited about this because, while I have two interviews secured here in Sevilla, I am not totally confident in what I can find out from them as far as first hand experience. This professor will also be great for providing me with reliable background information on the cultural and socioeconomic factors that were affecting Andalusia during los Años del Hambre (1939-1951).
I’ll update again soon, maybe with news about a trip to Granada!
Studying “Los Años de Hambre” while watching bull fighting on tv
The view from my room
here’s a little video I made on the train. Enjoy!
Yesterday was my first day in Sevilla. I decided I needed a day to reacquaint myself with this city that I love so much so (after waking up at 4 AM due to some crazy jet lag) I met up with a family friend who happened to be visiting for the day and visited the famous Sevilla Cathedral, the Royal Alcazar, and Plaza de España. It was a great way to adjust to being back in Spain.
Today I am getting down to business. I’ve started drafting a release form for everyone I interview to sign. This form will allow me to write about their ideas, quote them, and even give me permission to include photos of my interviewees in my thesis.
I also am starting work on drafting questions. I think an interview always goes best when the interviewer is well prepared and knows how to keep the interview going in the right direction.
Hopefully I get a lot done today and can start searching for people to interview tomorrow and over the weekend.
hasta pronto y un abrazo grande a todos!
I’m about to get on my first flight of the day from San Francisco to Philadelphia. Spain, here I come!