Farewell, Madrid

Well. My internship has now been over for a full two weeks, and the fact that the experience has ended is just starting to sink in for me. I spent the week after the program’s end on vacation in southern Spain with my family, and I think this additional week provided a buffer between finishing…

The Spanish Definition of Success

I have officially been in Madrid for 55 days! As I begin my final week here in this beautiful city, my heart is heavy to think about leaving it. More than just seeing the tourist attractions and enjoying the incredible views and famous buildings, I will miss the little parts of every day life that…

Similarities and Differences in Communication

It’s crazy to think that I only have two weeks left in this city! As the end of this experience draws nearer and nearer, I have begun to find myself appreciating the little things about being in Madrid every day. I have been taking more pictures of the mundane things I see at the coffee…

The Importance of Listening as a Leader

It is impossible to believe that I have already made it to week six of this program! Some days it feels like I arrived yesterday, while others it feels like I have already been here for a lifetime. Every day has brought new experiences, new lessons, and new memories that I will cherish for long…

Adaptability, Advocacy, and Confidence

It’s hard to believe that I have officially crossed the halfway point in my experience in Madrid! It somehow feels as if I just arrived yesterday, yet have been here forever. I feel that I now understand why everyone I talked to before going on this program who had been on a study abroad spoke…

How to Eat, Sleep, and Live Like a Madrileño

At this point, four weeks into my time here in Madrid, I feel as though I have thoroughly passed through the initial stages of this experience. I have long-since adjusted to the time difference, learned how to use the metro, and learned the names of my host family members and my coworkers. Now that the…

“No Te Preocupes”

I have officially been here in Madrid for almost three weeks! I am starting to settle into a routine, feeling less and less (but still quite a bit) like a fish out of water each day. On one hand, my host mom finally let me help set the table for dinner, which, in my opinion,…

Observations from the Hospital

One week down, seven more to go! The first four days have been an incredible learning experience, both in regards to adjusting to the language as well as to the work environment of the hospital. To briefly describe my position, I am mainly at the hospital in an observational capacity. This makes sense, as unlike…

Getting Adjusted

Hello from Madrid! My first week here has been a wild ride, filled with new foods, culture, and experiences. I’ve been keeping a journal detailing my daily escapades, so that I can go back and relive this incredible trip long after it is over. However, relaying every detail here would be a little excessive, so…