The mention of “volunteering abroad” often conjures visions of immunizing children in remote locations or building villages in Central America or other such fantastic acts of humanitarianism. This is all well and good, and I honestly hope to engage in these activities someday. For the time being in Salamanca, however, I’ve discovered that small-scale giving-back to a community can be just as fulfilling. Read more
Posts from the ‘Salamanca’ Category
During my first two months in Salamanca, I was particularly sensitive to the city’s noises, smells and sights. There is almost always something beeping, buzzing, stinking, sparkling or smoking (and not just the people). I felt (and still sometimes feel) constantly mesmerized by the stimuli around, and it was exhausting.
However, now that my complete and constant mesmerization of this city has faded, I can focus more as I wander the streets. When I was distracted, I missed some of the slightly hidden aspects of local life that I can see now. I’m thankful that I can see them now, because I have definitely adjusted my ways accordingly. Read more
Studying abroad in Europe this fall, I’ve had to navigate quite a few things for the first time – fitting three months of life into two bags, flying internationally, at times communicating with only my hands and eyebrows, etc. Most important of these adjustments, however, has been incorporating my longtime running routine into my new traveler’s lifestyle. Read more
Typically, these three things (blackberries, rivers and horses) have absolutely nothing in common. But here in Salamanca, they share a common theme; they are what I pass everyday on my way to the university gym and recreation center. What a terrible life I live, huh? Read more
After a few weeks with my Salamantino host family, I have discovered that Spaniards possess immense pride in their history, culture, language and especially their food. Whether it be paella or empanadas or tortilla (not the Mexican kind — this dish is more like an omelet), they’ll likely tell you it is THE best. Understandable. Read more
Once upon a time there was a young Spanish princess – er, a twenty-year-old American girl studying abroad in Spain (same thing) – who desired adventure. She loved to run, and did so competitively in her home kingdom, so she figured why not continue whilst on the European continent? She journeyed far and wide before eventually arriving in the town of Salamanca, Spain. “Why, would you look at this beautiful little city!” she exclaimed, surveying the impressive architecture, quaint little parks, and languid Rio Tormes. Read more
Some people are really good about productivity and responsibility and other such practical matters. I run with that crowd often enough. And then sometimes I don’t. Relating this now to my initial experiences studying abroad, I present a variety of advice-lets illustrating the benefits of being on top of your travel game.
Where I’m from in Phoenix, AZ, there are lots of attempts at cultural festivals. And don’t get me wrong—Phoenix does a great job in its attempts…but even the best, most culturally stimulating festival in Phoenix has absolutely no competition against Salamanca this week (Sep. 5 to 15). My ISA group is so lucky that we are here in Salamanca during a really exciting week!
In honor of “Santa Maria de la Vega,” all of Salamanca has come out to celebrate. By come out to celebrate, I mean that literally. Restaurants come out of their brick and mortar locations and set up “casetas” on the street. From these casetas, they sell their signature Spanish snacks (formally known as tapas or pinchos). It’s like the U.S. food truck scene, except slightly less mobile.
“You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
¡Estoy lista!–I’m ready! Or rather–I’m almost ready.
The excitement of leaving has buoyed me through all of the preparations. Read more
Lauren Sharabianlou is a student at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and an ISA Featured Blogger. Lauren is studying abroad with ISA in Salamanca, Spain.
I have been living in Salamanca for about one month now, and I finally feel like I have a good grasp on the city. In this post I’m going to share with you some of my favorite places that I like to go to in a typical day.
I spend a lot of my day at the University of Salamanca, where I take three Spanish classes. My school is so beautiful; it’s breathtaking. There are beautiful monuments everywhere that capture my attention, I sometimes find myself day dreaming out the classroom window just looking at the surrounding beauty. I start class at 9 am and finish around 1:30 pm, perfect time for lunch! Read more