Introduction: ISA Madrid

For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to go abroad. Growing up, I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to a wide variety of places. Each place my family traveled to, I was always finding that I did not have enough time to fully submerge myself into my…

Abroad Recap

As I wrap up blogging for Pitt Business this semester, I want to share the places I have traveled, my favorite memories and some challenges that I have faced. Though, it is hard to pinpoint my favorite memories (and I am still making some!) with all of the good times I have had while studying…

Be Wary of Study Abroad Tours

Some of you may have seen a recent social media post about a travel company named DiscoverExcursions. In the post, an American female student who previously studied abroad in Spain alleged that Manuel, the tour director and owner of the company, committed acts of sexual misconduct against her while on the tour. Other students have…

Spring Break Plans?

When I decided to study in Madrid, I planned to use my prime location in Europe and free weekends to travel the continent. For the last few years, I have saved and saved, and saved some more to afford it. Though others will say that the travel is cheap, it is expensive when booking weekends…

Tips for Pre-Departure: Study Abroad

So you decided you want to study abroad? And you got into your program of choice?! Woo! Now what to do… Pre-Departure  The Fun Stuff: Finances  I could write pages on how to properly get ready for study abroad. But, to spare you, I will keep it brief. The first and foremost thing to do…

Spain’s Current History

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” ― Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad/Roughing It This quote stands out to me…

From London, With Love

Before venturing over to London for the weekend, I had many thoughts about the city. I did not understand the “hype” behind a place like London – an English speaking, tourist trap that seemed like a European New York city. Oh, and did I mention expensive? I had these preconceived notions about a place that…

Exploring Madrid

Over the past 3 weeks, I have explored my home city of Madrid, Spain. Most study abroad students travel on the weekends, and I will soon be one of them; however, I made sure to reserve my first month to explore my host city and surrounding cities, traveling only close to Madrid. This has not…

Madrileña: (n.) a female native or resident of Madrid, Spain

I can not believe I arrived on February 3rd. It feels as though I arrived last week, yet I have lived here for years. Though, I have survived my first month in Madrid! It is hard to sum up my cultural experience thus far. The emotional wave of arrival, settling in, exploration and more is…