Why Choose International Studies Abroad (ISA)?

It’s been 18 days since I left Spain, so that makes me an authority on all things study abroad related, right?
After all, I am an alumni which makes me sound fancy and sophisticated.

Okay, maybe not, but I do know a lot more about Study Abroad than I did five months ago! Before I studied abroad, I was a mess of uncertainty and did endless amounts of research blog stalking to make sure that I picked the right country, city, and program for my experience. I am certain that my decision would have been 100 times harder if I didn’t have the internet. How did our parents survive?! To pay it forward, I decided to provide some information that will hopefully help someone out there who is as desperate as I was. Continue reading


Fitting It All In

My days in Salamanca are dwindling and I want to leave here without feeling like I missed out on something, so I’ve dedicated these past few weeks to fitting it all in. Here’s some of what I’ve been up to: Continue reading

My City, part 1.

My obsession with Salamanca is no secret. By now, you should all know that I’m absolutely in love with this city. My city.

Since my time in Salamanca is coming to an end, I decided to compose a list of my favorite places in Salamanca.

In no particular order…. Continue reading


Fútbol (Soccer, for you Americans) is much more than just a sport in Spain. It’s more of a religion for most fans. I’d be willing to bet that many Spaniards have attended more matches than Masses or church services in their lifetimes. On important game days, pedestrians are sparse as people crowd themselves into bars and pubs to watch their favorite teams.

Since my arrival in Spain, I’ve been able to attend two fútbol matches and watch many more in various cities around Spain. Continue reading

A Thousand Words.

I know it may seem like I’m not attending school over here, but let me just say this…..

I’m not.

Totally kidding. Calm down, Mom and Dad.

So for those of you who are wondering how my classes are going…..

A picture is worth a thousand words, right?

We took this picture after a RIVETING hour and a half of Spanish history! And it is proof that I’m in a classroom! Learning stuff! With real students! You guys see those books, right?

Okay, but for real…one of these days I will write a post about my classes abroad. And as you can tell from above, they’re a BLAST!

Home for the Weekend.

I love, love, love to travel, but I’m always relieved and excited when I get to stay home for the weekend. Yes, that’s what I’m calling Salamanca these days.

The only thing that I love more than Salamanca is Salamanca when it’s 70 degrees outside. The warm weather usually means that everyone heads to the río (river) for the afternoon, and Thursday was one of those days. Continue reading

Verona, Italy

Friday morning Polly and I woke up early….okayyyy, 11 am…and took a train to Verona. We didn’t have a plan, but we knew that we wanted to go. We got off the train, looked at each other, laughed and said “Okay, now what?”. Of course, the answer to this question was “food”. Continue reading

Milan, Italy

March Madness has come to an end. And I’m not talking about basketball.
Between Portugal, Barcelona, my 21st birthday and Paris, I’ve barely had a chance to breathe. In a good way? But all of that ended when I made my last weekend trip (in March) to Milan on Wednesday.

Polly and I took the Avanza bus from snowy Salamanca (Yes, it was snowing. In March….what?) to the Madrid airport on Wednesday afternoon. We were flying Iberia (such a luxury compared to Ryanair and Easyjet), so we rode a free tram to Terminal 4 (which is in the middle of nowhere for those of you who were wondering). On our flight I had the most terrifying moment in my entire flying history. Continue reading


There is a video at the end of this post!

To start, I have a little disclaimer: Paris has never been the list of places that I was dying to visit. I was never sucked into the whole “romanticism” of Paris. However, I was very excited to go. Who wouldn’t be? I’m not completely crazy.

So that being said….
You could say that I wasn’t Paris’ biggest fan. Shelby, please don’t kill me.
BUT I did have a lot of fun and I’m really glad that I was able to go.

Polly, Nick and I arrived in Paris on Thursday night. We managed to make it to our 2 star hotel (I know, soooo fancy) using the RER train system from the airport. You guys should know that public transportation isn’t my thing, so I’m going to go ahead and put this one in the win column. As soon as we settled in, we headed straight for dinner. Continue reading