Looking Back

Looking back on my two and a half months here, I have nothing but great memories. I remember my first days here, jet lagged and ready to sleep at a moments notice, but still so eager to begin and start actually living and working. Those days quickly passed and I moved in with my host…

The Importance of Language

Throughout my time here in Madrid I have come to realize how important language is, and how crippling the lack thereof can be. I will preface the rest of this post with the fact that I realize Europe is made of many different countries with many different primary languages unlike the United States and the…

The Political Climate

As July 4th is approaching and many friends, family, and fellow citizens back home prepare to celebrate all things “American,” I decided to take a few minutes to comment on some of the political differences I’ve noted here. First and foremost, I can’t hide. For one reason or another I am blatantly American to Spaniards…

Summer Schedules in Madrid

Now that we are wrapping up June and heading into July, the summer work schedules in Madrid are starting to take effect. These changes may take place in a variety of ways. In some cases every day of the week is shortened, and in others only Friday is. Another variable to consider is; do you…

The Perks of Living with a Host Family

As my time here in Madrid has gone on, I have really come to appreciate how great it has been to live with a host family. I certainly believe that this was the right living scenario for me, and it has offered me so many opportunities to learn and explore. Every day I have the…

An Educational Scavenger Hunt?

Yesterday I had the opportunity to participate in my first social outing with my coworkers. We knew the day was coming for about a week, but our bosses wouldn’t tell us what we would be doing. A lot of us speculated that we would be heading to check out our new office that we should…

The Spanish Food Industry

I decided to use this week’s blog to take a look at Spain’s food industry, especially the baby food market, since that is the area my company (Smileat) is in and I feel like I am better informed on the issue having worked for four weeks now. To begin, saying that the baby food market…

Day trip to Cuenca

This past Saturday┬áI had the opportunity to take a day trip to the city of Cuenca, as well as a stop at the Enchanted City. This was all possible through a great organization called Be Madrid. Be Madrid is here for students who are studying and working abroad, and they help to set up event,…

Workplace Culture in Spain

Now that I have completed two weeks of work, I feel that I have a much better sense of my company culture, and the overall work culture in Spain. I work for a company called Smileat, which is a startup that produces organic baby food products. They have been around for 3-4 years, but have…