The first couple days in Spain were spent in a daze of pure happiness. I literally could not believe I was actually here and about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. You know, that out-of-body feeling where you just can’t believe that you are actually making your dreams come true? That was how I felt the first few days, and it was fantastic! Read more
Posts from the ‘Spain’ Category
I have always been a breakfast kind of girl. Whether it is large bowls of cereal, home cooked breakfast, breakfast for dinner, or breakfast restaurants, I love it all. I could honestly live on breakfast foods for my whole life and be completely happy.
After arriving in Madrid, I learned that breakfasts in Spain are much smaller with less variety from day to day. I was told that Spanish breakfasts generally consist of toast and coffee, tea, or juice. Upon learning this, I was already missing my hearty American breakfast. Read more
I was very lucky to be able to go home and recharge before starting my second semester abroad. I was in Málaga last semester, and will be in Granada this spring. Taking what I learned from my first time abroad, I was able to pack much more appropriately. I feel more prepared overall, though there will always be things you wish you brought or left behind. Hopefully these tips will help prepare you to go abroad! Read more
The first few days of being abroad are a little intimidating, because you’re basically thrown head-first into a new city, country and school, which can feel a little insane. The first day I got to Madrid I was dead tired, disoriented, and a little freaked out. Within the first few hours of getting here I had to figure out how to use the metro, which if I’d thought about doing back in my home town, would have seemed scary or semi-impossible. I was wondering what I’d gotten myself into, and how I was going to navigate by far the biggest city I’ve ever lived in while fighting against a language barrier. But being abroad for a couple of weeks has taught me that when you’re forced to do something, you figure out a way to do it, and then it doesn’t seem like a big deal at all. Read more
As the days quickly approach the time when I will depart my hometown for Sevilla, I am feeling very excited for my new experience. Amidst all of this excitement, packing for an entire semester can be overwhelming. I am a girl who enjoys colors, patterns, shoes (honestly, too many), and a multitude of options in my closet. This kind of preference, however, isn’t so practical for a semester abroad. With limited space, I have had to downsize what I want to bring and what I think I need for my upcoming semester. Here I have compiled four packing tips that have been very helpful to me in my preparation. Read more
Since I am in the middle of packing for my semester in Seville, I know how challenging and stressful it can be. This post will show you my own 5 step strategy for packing and possibly help you plan for your own trip abroad! Read more
I could offer you a ton of clichés about how quickly the past three months went and how it was the best experience of my life. Both statements are true, but you’ve heard that before. Instead, I will give you some advice for studying abroad and share some of my favorite moments to reflect on my time in Spain.
I now have less than a week remaining in Málaga, but my situation is a bit unique. I will return to the United States for two weeks and then come back to Granada, just north of Málaga. While my first love is Málaga, I am incredibly excited to live in a new city and learn more about the rich history of Granada.
I really can’t believe it’s December already; this trip seems like it’s gone by so fast! With so little time remaining in Spain, I started to think back on my time here, and I realized I still have a lot more to do! That being said, I’ve also visited a lot of really cool places. Here are my recommendations for the top 10 things to see (and do) in Madrid. (These are not ranked in order; they’re all equally great!)
#1 Puerta del Sol
With three metro lines running through it, Sol, as Puerta del Sol is commonly referred, is one of the most popular and most frequented places in central Madrid. There’s a lot of history in just this square alone; you’ll find the statue of a bear and the madroño tree (the symbol of Madrid), a monument to King Charles III, and Kilómetro 0 (the point from which all distances in Spain are measured). There are also countless street performers and stores dotted all around the square. Plus, right now they have a giant lit-up Christmas tree for the holidays, “Sol” what are you waiting for? (Sorry for the bad pun.) Read more