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4 Things to Do on a Lazy Day in Madrid

Katie Pond is a student at University of California, San Diego and an ISA Featured Blogger. Katie is currently studying abroad with ISA in Madrid, Spain.

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A relaxing rowboat ride in Retiro Park

While life in Madrid can be full of non-stop activities, it’s important to take a day and just relax to enjoy the beauty and charm of this spectacular city. Below are my top 4 things to do on a lazy day in Madrid. Read more

Staying in the Moment in Madrid

Katie Pond is a student at University of California, San Diego and an ISA Featured Blogger. Katie is currently studying abroad with ISA in Madrid, Spain.

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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

The Top 10 Places to Visit in Madrid

Gigi Peccolo is a student at the University of Denver and an ISA Featured Blogger. Gigi is currently studying abroad with ISA in Madrid, Spain.

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!)

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Patrons at Puerta del Sol in September

#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

Sun, Swords, and Smiles: Madrid and Toledo

Tori Chester is a student at UNC Wilmington and an ISA Featured Blogger. Tori is currently studying abroad with ISA in Santander, Spain.

A beautiful view of the ancient city of Toledo.

A beautiful view of the ancient city of Toledo.

Have you ever been so enthusiastic about something that your hands shake and your smile kind of has a life of its own? Have you ever felt like that for days on end? … Well. It’s day three of living in my homestay in Santander, Spain, and yes. Yes, I have. Read more

5 Things Spain Does Differently

Gigi Peccolo is a student at the University of Denver and an ISA Featured Blogger. Gigi is currently studying abroad with ISA in Madrid, Spain.

¡Hola a todos! I’m ready to start blogging and sharing my study abroad experiences with you. ¡Vamos!

Estación de Príncipe Pío

Estación de Príncipe Pío

Why did I decide to study in Spain, specifically Madrid? I wanted to improve my language skills (by the end of the semester this entire blog will be in Spanish, just you wait) while being able to visit the rest of Europe easily. After my first week here though, I realized just getting around Madrid wouldn’t be as easy as I thought. That’s just one of the differences that struck me during my first week here. Read more

Stop Being a “Guiri”: Tips to Become Immersed in Madrid

Rachel Daley is a student at Soka University of America and an ISA Featured Blogger. Rachel is currently studying abroad in Madrid on an ISA Fall 1 program.

Coming to another country as a foreigner is no easy task, and the default is to stick with what’s comfortable to you… in most cases, making all English-speaking friends from your program or school.

While it shouldn’t matter where your friends are from, playing the “foreign card” isn’t going to help you make the most of your time here.  If you want to see what Madrid is really like, you have to get involved in the community itself, not just your study abroad community.

Friends I made at my Madrid church

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You Know You’re on Study Abroad in Madrid When…

Rachel Daley is a student at Soka University of America and an ISA Featured Blogger. Rachel is currently studying abroad in Madrid on an ISA Fall 1 program.

1.    You put on more mileage than a marathon runner.

  • Okay this is an exaggeration… slightly. Investing in a couple good pairs of shoes wouldn’t be such a bad idea, since my sandals gave out on me after the first month of cobblestone miles.

2.    A coin is worth too much to throw in a fountain.

  • Usually at home after a year of saving my leftover coins, I might have 10 bucks saved if I’m lucky.  But here, a coin can be worth up to about $2.50! (By the time you convert it).  So don’t forget about the loose change hiding in your pockets, it’s worth something!

    It adds up!

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Guest Blog: Goodbye USA, Hola España!

Shaheena Ramzan is a student at University of Texas – Dallas and an ISA Guest Blogger. Shaheena is currently studying abroad in Barcelona on a Fall 2 program.

Mount Tibidabo – Barcelona view from atop

I can’t believe it has already been a month in Spain! Time flies when you’re having the time of your life! It feels like it was just yesterday when I got my acceptance email and couldn’t believe my eyes. The next thing I knew, I was busy packing while finishing up summer classes and working. Before I knew it, it was time to say “Goodbye Dallas, Hola España!” – a phrase I had only dreamed of saying. I tried to imagine what life would be like when I arrived in Spain. I read almost every article I could about it, but it felt like I might not be prepared. Read more

Exploring España: Madrid, Toledo and El Escorial

Mollie Herlocker is a student at California Lutheran University and an ISA Featured Blogger. Mollie is currently studying abroad in Salamanca, Spain on an ISA Fall 1 program.

The Plaza Mayor of Madrid on a gloomy day.

I’m finally in Salamanca and really enjoying my time here so far! I can’t wait to have time to actually explore this city! Madrid, however, has got to be one of my top three favorite cities in the world:

  • I think it might be a rule somewhere that you’re not allowed to visit Madrid without making a visit to El Prado. I definitely enjoyed my visit there significantly better than the last time I visited (it’s no secret that I’m not a huge fan of classical art) and I think having a guide helped. We got a fairly comprehensive look at the major styles featured in the museum through the art of El Greco, Diego Velasquez, and Francisco de Goya. Goya’s Saturn Devouring His Child is still my favorite. Read more

From the New World to the Old in Spain

Adrienne Prillaman is a student at University of North Texas and an an ISA Classmates Connecting Cultures  blogger corresponding with a high school student leadership class in Keller, Texas. Adrienne is studying abroad in Salamanca, Spain on an ISA Fall 4 program.

While the fact I was surrounded by so much history was not as evident in the big city of Madrid (except in the museums), it was impossible to miss in Toledo, El Escorial, and my new home: Salamanca, Spain. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t despise Madrid – there was a lot of interesting things to see in the museums and neat places around the city- but I’ve seen plenty of big cities. I was ready to get into a smaller, more intimate atmosphere. Madrid was okay, Toledo and El Escorial were better, but Salamanca… I couldn’t have picked a better place to live for these 3 months.

Our Group In Front of ‘The White Bacon’

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