The End of a Journey

I am about to arrive back in Madrid for the last time after traveling around Europe with my family for two weeks. I would highly recommend this if your family likes to travel, it was a great way to end my program and will give me an easier transition back into my normal life. Looking…

Hasta Luego Madrid

With the fresh wound of being forced out of my study abroad bubble yesterday, I am so grateful for this life-changing opportunity given to me. Before going abroad, I was a confident person paired with lots of uncertainty- which I know seems very contradictory. I was confident within myself but became very torn when it…

Living like a Local…Full-time

Imagining my life as a full-time resident of Madrid is not entirely too hard to envision, it is something that I hope to do at some point down the line for a period of time. I’d like to live in La Latina, a quaint little neighborhood filled with local restaurants and shops at every turn….

My 4 Tips for Studying in Madrid

Here are a few tips that really helped me cut costs and become part of the Spanish culture. If anyone would like more specific tips about studying in Madrid such as transportation or area recommendations please feel free to reach out. 1. Do your research and plan ahead (traveling). This should go almost without saying…

The Pros and Cons of Traveling

Traveling the world was what I was most looking forward to before coming to Spain. I had a list of countries and locations that I had in my mind using recommendations given to me from friends and family. So far, my travels have taken me to Italy, France, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Hungary and many different…

Cultural Differences

Before coming to Spain, I had only a general idea of what Spanish culture would be like, especially since I would be living more as a local than a tourist. Tapas, late nights, beautiful architecture and a long-complicated history were the few things I was told. However, after talking with Spanish citizens and learning a…

A Letter to Myself: Pre-Madrid

Dear Bridget, Your life is about to change drastically! But not in the ways that you think. You will not be homesick- but you will appreciate your life at home. You will not make temporary friends for the semester- but you will make best friends for life. You will not fully understand the Spanish language…

When in Madrid: The Must-sees

Initially, when moving to Madrid, I had a lot of apprehensions about my decision in my home city. The majority of my friends that had gone abroad previously didn’t love Madrid- but none of them lived here! What I’ve learned about Madrid is it’s amazing to be here long-term, but not as exciting to visit…

Introduction ISA Madrid

My name is Casey Eisenberg and I am a third-year student at Pitt with a major in Business Information Systems Major, a minor in Spanish and a certificate in International Business. I am a part of Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity where I served as IT chair for my second and third semester….