“We Are What We Do To Change What We Are”

It is hard to believe that I have now been home for two whole weeks.  Every time I have thought about or told a story from my time in Madrid, I have been amazed by the excitement and beauty of my experience there.  This experience helped me to grow and learn in ways that could…

Leaving Madrid

My final week in Madrid was very bittersweet.  It was one of the busiest weeks of the program in a social sense because everyone always wanted to be doing things and take advantage of our final days there.  We all went out to salsa class, karaoke, and (of course) our farewell lunch on Friday. At…

Éxito en España

It’s hard to believe that I just had my final weekend in Europe and that I only have one week left in Madrid.  I spent my final weekend in Amsterdam with some friends from Pitt who are doing the Dublin IIP. I think it is so cool that I have a bunch of friends in…

How Cultures Differ

This weekend I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Lisbon, Portugal! Lisbon is probably one of the most beautiful cities I have ever been to.  The city sit alongside a river and has 67 hills; therefore, you can see the water and the colorful buildings with red roofs that fill the streets from almost…

Leadership in Madrid

This past week was one of my favorites here because one of my roommates from Pitt stopped in Madrid to visit before heading over to her study abroad program in Portugal!  Because she was here, I spent more time out in Madrid with other people, which is refreshing after having so much independent time over…

The Influence of Pitt

This weekend I travelled to Ireland to visit my friends who are doing the Dublin IIP and one friend who was visiting from his program in London!  This trip was great because it gave me a break from two of the most overwhelming parts of my life in Madrid: the language and the heat. In…

Assimilating To Life In Spain

This weekend I returned to one of my favorite cities in the world, Sevilla.  Sevilla is in the Andalusia region of Spain and is full of incredible and colorful architecture.  The buildings are full of colorful ceramic tiles that add a beautiful feature to the architecture.  My favorite spot is the Plaza de España that…

“Haz lo que quieras”

My time in Madrid continues to be full of exploring and admiring the country and culture here. The highlight of my third week here was our trip to Segovia, a small town about 1.5 hours away from the city.  We left early in the morning and spent our day exploring the city. We started with breakfast…

A Balancing Act

My first two weeks in Madrid have been full of amazing adventures that have led me to so many beautiful sights in the city.  After taking some time to settle into my life here in Madrid, into my homestay, internship, and independent free time, I have begun to have more time to explore and have…