Two months in Madrid, but a lifetime of memories

I worked a full-time internship in the supply chain department of a hospital, I traveled to four different countries, I discovered new cultures, I lived with a host family, I made new friendships, and I forced myself out of my comfort zone on a daily basis. It is difficult to sum up possibly the most…

Hasta Luego España

This week was difficult as I had to say goodbye to my amazing coworkers, host family, and daily routine. My coworkers threw me a little going away party where we ate the typical Spanish foods such as the Spanish tortilla, orange juice (with lots of pulp), and Iberian ham on bread. My supervisor, who was…

Continuous Improvement

This past weekend I added another country to my travel list. I visited Amsterdam in the Netherlands where I was able to meet up with some friends from the Dublin IIP Program. It is incredible to have the opportunity to travel with other students from Pitt who are also interning abroad for the summer. It…

Global Differences

Throughout my time abroad I have been traveling on the weekends to different cities and countries throughout Europe. I had some time to myself over this last week to really reflect on what I have experienced and learned while traveling. I realized how incredible it is to have the opportunity to discover new cultures throughout…

Flexibility in Leadership

It’s weird to think that I have been abroad for six weeks. Prior to this, I only left the United States twice before and it was for no more than two weeks. At first it felt like I was in a completely different world and had no idea what I was doing. Now, I feel…

Surprisingly Prepared

It is currently extremely HOT in Madrid. I am used to Pittsburgh weather that is warm and rainy. I am barely surviving in this 90-degree 15% humidity. I escaped the heat and saw rain for the first time in five weeks this past weekend in Ireland. It is absolutely gorgeous and incredibly green in Dublin….

Assimilating

I spent this past weekend in the south of Spain in Seville! The direct train ride on Ave was pretty expensive but definitely worth it since it saved me a lot of travel time. The train was only about two and a half hours, so I was able to have the rest of my day…

Ambiguity

The city of Madrid is amazing, but I really want to see other parts of Europe while I am here. Over the past week I booked train tickets and a hostel for a trip to Seville, a flight and an Airbnb for a visit to Ireland and made plans for a weekend in Barcelona. This…

Using My Time Wisely

I have now been in Madrid for two weeks, and it’s still crazy to think that I going to be here for another two months. There is so much to do and so much to see that I don’t think I will ever find myself bored during my time abroad. After work, I have been…