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….

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…

Travel 101: Balling on a Budget

As soon as I decided to study abroad, I prepared my bank account for the major hit it was about to endure. All while mentally preparing myself to embrace being the poster child for the “broke college student” when I return to Pittsburgh. Needless to say, I have been traveling a lot- anyone that is…

STUDYING while abroad: Learning with Locals

Upon my arrival in Madrid, I was unsure of how rigorous or heavy my course load was actually going to be. I was slightly concerned since I had received an email from my Spanish advisor reminding me that the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid was considered the “Harvard of Spain”. But along with these feelings…