All roads lead to Rome- Day 2

All roads lead to Rome- Day 2

Our second day in Rome began with us annoying our Brazilian roommates at the hostel and getting up at the crack of dawn (sorry guys) to get ready for a big day of sightseeing. We had yet to see the Colosseum, perhaps Rome’s most famous attraction, so we wanted to beat the lines and get … Continue reading

All roads lead to Rome- Day 1

All roads lead to Rome- Day 1

Last weekend, for the first time since I’ve been abroad, I ventured outside of Spain. When my friends and I started planning our international adventures, we knew we all wanted to go to Italy. The food, the wine, the sights, the culture, the men, we wanted it all. After failing to find cheap flights to … Continue reading

Toledo

Toledo

Last Friday, IES had a day trip planned for us to Toledo. Toledo is a bit under an hour south of Madrid in La Mancha. Prior to Madrid, Toledo was the capital of Spain, and prior to that, it has a long history dating back to the Roman times. Here, the one thing everyone knows … Continue reading

Real Madrid v Copenhague

Real Madrid v Copenhague

So I’m over a third of the way done with my program here in Madrid. Now that I just said that, I’m slightly terrified. Despite there being some bumps, despite me missing my family desperately, and despite me still struggling in Spanish, I really am enjoying my time here. I’m trying to take in all … Continue reading

El País Vasco y clases

El País Vasco y clases

Before I came to Madrid, I was a little concerned about taking five classes in only Spanish. It turns out that fear was totally valid. Two weeks into classes, and I’m exhausted. My classes themselves are not a ridiculous amount of work, but with my Spanish ability, everything takes about five times as long to … Continue reading

Solo Travel-Cordoba

Solo Travel-Cordoba

Last weekend, most of my new friends went on the sponsored trip to Asturias and Leon, leaving me with my first weekend in Spain to tackle alone. I debated between staying and exploring Madrid, following some girls in my program to the beach for the weekend, or traveling somewhere solo. After a few days of … Continue reading

Segovia

Segovia

Yesterday, after a tiring week of orienting myself to Madrid, we ventured out of the city for the first time. So far, I’ve embraced the Spanish philosopy of “No pasa nada” as a coping mechanism for all the changes, and it’s worked pretty well. I don’t worry about what I’m going to be doing, I … Continue reading