Although some of you may think that we are referring to the Dispatch song of the same name, we are actually talking about what it is like to work in what can only be described as the most active and intriguing offices this side of the Atlantic: The Office of Cultural Affairs at the Embassy of Spain in Washington, D.C. But before we begin to delve into our daily adventures at the Embassy we would like to introduce ourselves (ladies first of course):

My name is Madeleine (Maddy) De Simone. I’m a rising junior at W & M majoring in Govt. and Hispanic Studies. I enjoy long walks at the beach and moonlit dinners. Haha but my real academic interests are translating, politics, and culture studies, which is why I am interning at the Spanish Embassy this summer. Some quick fun facts are that I am obsessed with Trader Joes, a Phillies/Flyers fanatic, a member of a sorority, and in love with James Franco.

HOLA! My name is Jake Brody and I am a rising senior at the College majoring in Hispanic Studies with a minor in Sociology. I had the opportunity to study abroad in Madrid, Spain during the fall 2010 semester and really enjoyed getting to know the Spanish people and learning more about Spain. That is one of the main reasons why I am back on Spanish soil this summer (even if it is in Washington). Some interesting facts about me: brunch is my favorite meal of the day, I could watch any Olympic event (including team handball), and have hiked Mt. Vesuvius in Italy!

For the next month or so we will be filling you in on what happens at a foreign embassy and specifically how our office helps promote Spanish culture and arts here in the States. In the mean time, check out our Facebook page: Spain Arts & Culture!

Ciao bacalao!

Jake & Maddy