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    News and Updates: Spring 2017
    July 13, 2017
    Written by: Kayla Piezer
    Today was a wonderful day at ICTA, with our group being joined by our advisors from back home, Dr. Apul and Dr. Burian! The three remaining IRES students, Kelley, Sarai and myself, presented our work to the group and received great feedback on our overall work. After compiling all the work and discussing our projects in full, you can really see the progress that each of us has made! Even with a few hiccups along the way and changes in direction, it is exciting to see that the end results for each of us are really coming together. The presentations were followed with a wrap up discussion of things to get done for the rest of the time we are here at UAB...and one of these items included celebrating Xavier's birthday! The meeting concluded by sharing champagne and singing happy birthday to Xavier. Later in the evening, the IRES group of students and professors met up for dinner in the Born, where we celebrated Xavier's birthday a bit more. We stopped after dinner for some gelato, which was the students' treat to Xavier; I mean come on, what's a birthday without some type of ice cream?? Felicidades!
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    Fun fact of the day: There is a restaurant in the Born that has a glass window where you can observe a well preserved stone structure of Barcelona from 3000 years ago! Xavier showed us this on the way to dinner

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    Fun fact of the day: Most restaurants in Spain offer a Menu of the Day. It typically consists of some type of small plate, main dish, dessert, and a drink for a set price. I think this good to know for someone who is traveling because I saw some tourists struggling to understand when the server asked them if they wanted the menu, but were already holding menus. Plus, it is typically a pretty good deal with different choices for each course!
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Wednesday, July 12

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    Fun fact of the day: A major reason The Festival of San Fermin in Pamplona became so popular internationally is largely due to Ernest Hemingway's novel The Sun Also Rises.
    June 30, 2017
    Written by: Kayla Piezer
    Today consisted of our last full IRES group meeting, before Olivia and Mickey packed up and left for the summer. We had a lunchtime meeting at a restaurant in Gracia that we have been eyeing for a while, which was great! In addition to having a delicious lunch, we talked about some concluding points and how things are wrapping up with each of our projects. We also discussed some important writing techniques for our final report and possible publications. It was bitter sweet; We enjoyed a nice lunch together as a group, but it was sad to know that this was the last time our group would be meeting as the Fab 5 :(
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    Fun fact of the day: Most restaurants in Spain offer a Menu of the Day. It typically consists of some type of small plate, main dish, dessert, and a drink for a set price. I think this good to know for someone who is traveling because I saw some tourists struggling to understand when the server asked them if they wanted the menu, but were already holding menus. Plus, it is typically a pretty good deal with different choices for each course!

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Tuesday, July 11

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    News and Updates: Spring 2017
    July 10, 2017
    Written by: Kelley Davis
    Today was David's defense of his PhD dissertation! Dr. Apul also arrived today in Barcelona as she was invited to serve on the defense committee. David did a great job defending his thesis and we were all very excited to see him earn his title of Dr. David Sanjuan-Delmás! As usual, we all celebrated with food and champagne afterwards where we were able to talk to David and congratulate him on his great presentation.
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    Over the weekend we also visited Pamplona for the Festival of San Fermin. It was a weekend full of activities - street performers in the day, fireworks at night, and a never ending sea of people dressed in white and red. The event attracts between one and two million people to Pamplona each year. The running of the bulls (el encierro) is one of the major traditions of the festival. The total length of the run is 850 meters and there are approximately 2,000 people who run in el encierro each day. While in Pamplona, we also met up with Mickey for a bit which was fun!
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    Fun fact of the day: A major reason The Festival of San Fermin in Pamplona became so popular internationally is largely due to Ernest Hemingway's novel The Sun Also Rises.

    June 29, 2017
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