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

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Home Sweet America

After 20 boring hours of travel by taxi, plane and car…..I’ve finally arrived back in America!

But that doesn’t mean that I’m done blogging. I know that you were worried.
I have a few posts that I still want to do, so I’ll be putting those up at a later date.

I’m going to take a few days off to re-adjust and settle back into my life in the Lone Star State, but I will update after the reverse culture shock disappears.

And for now I’m going to go eat my first peanut butter and jelly sandwich in five months….

Americaaaaaaaa.

Corrida de Toros

Bullfighting might be one of the most controversial aspects of Spanish culture. Before coming to Spain, I was familiar with this particular Spanish tradition, but I wasn’t how I felt about it. I didn’t have much desire to actually attend a corrida (it’s kind of like the Houston Rodeo, right?), but I knew that I wouldn’t turn down the opportunity to go if given the chance. Continue reading

Another Lock in the Lock Garden.

Its real name is “Huerto de Calixto y Melibea”, but I’ve referred to it as the “lock garden” ever since my Spanish friend took me to see it for the first time three months ago. Mostly because that’s what it is….a lock garden. And because I just had to “google search” the real name. 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

Hasta Luego.

I hate goodbyes. I always have. But then again, who actually likes them?

Since my arrival in Spain, I’ve noticed that the Spaniards rarely use the term “Adios” in favor of “Hasta Luego” (which translates to “See you later”). I actually really love that the Spaniards do this. So, in order to ease the pain of saying “goodbye”, I’ve decided to adopt this Spanish practice and refer to this period of my life as an “Hasta Luego”. Continue reading

Euphoria.

On my first trip to Barcelona, Polly and I were sitting in a taxi when I heard a commercial saying that Enrique Iglesias was going to be in Madrid on March 4th for his Euphoria tour. I grabbed her arm and squealed as the taxi driver totally judged me and my violent reaction to such silly news. Apparently los españoles aren’t loco por Enrique, but I couldn’t help myself…my inner 90’s child got the best of me. Continue reading

Fútbol

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