Del Diego or everybody needs a Public house, a local.

I am talking about the mythical Del Diego, with the equally mythical crew of David and Fernando.

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Adieu to the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill

Although I have learnt a lot getting my PhD, what I have learnt at the House every Monday from 6 to 9pm are the simplest, most basic lessons on humanity, on what our job is on this planet

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The ultimate test of cerebral fitness*

It has been nine months since my last entry. In my defense, it has been a crazy year

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A good cigar

Lady Bracknell: … Do you smoke?
Ernest: Well, yes, I must admit I smoke.
Lady Bracknell: I am glad to hear it. A man should always have an occupation of some kind. (Oscar Wilde)

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Zog’s, Zoggys, Chez Zog’s, The Zog, Zogmeister, Zoggy Woggy´s, etc.

I would rather just read and drink

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My little pleasures

One of the many things I love about living in Chapel Hill is the amazing cultural scene. One really has to pick and choose what events to go as there is always so much going on. Most events are free or $10 as a student. Since this is one of my few indulgences, I enjoy […]

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Wrapping up another semester, #5

Part of the problem with being an eternal optimist is that one always thinks things are going to be easier than they are. This last semester is a good example. The semester started off uphill, with me losing my washer and dryer (see previous post), getting a speeding ticket, and more importantly having to finesse […]

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What have I learnt in my PhD so far?

You might ask: All this talk of PhD blah, blah, blah is very nice, but what have you really learnt in two years of school? Academically I have learnt about Medieval Spanish Literature, about medieval authors distancing themselves and their work from the divine works. In Spain the Libro de buen amor is key in […]

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Why a Ph.D.? (Revisited)

After the first year of my doctorate program, and with a couple of weeks of distance to reflect and let it all sink in, it is time to come up with some road markers, some conclusions: The program is everything I was expecting for and much, much more. I have learnt so much, I have […]

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Year one Ph.D.: Check

Well, that wraps up the first year of my Ph.D. program and of my course work. Now I “only” have to read until my eyes bleed for my exams next Spring. This semester was overall much better than the Winter term. I took three courses: Early Modern Spanish Women Writers, with Rosa Perelmuter – a […]

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