Off to Madrid again

Next Saturday, I will fly to Madrid. Typing these words is like reminiscing with a dear friend I haven't seen in years. It feels incredible and rejuvenating, and simultaneously melancholic to write about Spain once again. Although I visited for three days last summer, this will be my first extended stay in Madrid since leaving [...]

Madrid with 50 American Students

When I first began this blog, I couldn’t come up with a creative title. I didn’t want something lame - - which I must admit, that’s what I got - - or something cliché that I feel most ex-pat blogs use. I just decided on something easy: my first name and the country I’m living [...]

Holidays in Alicante

Christmas and Reyes are now over.  The weather here is still quite nice (haven’t worn a jacket during the day since ‘Nam).  It’s almost always sunny and no one can complain about that. One could complain, however, about the amounts of studying I need to be doing and the paper writing that needs to be [...]

La Mercè

It’s the weekend of La Mercè here in Barcelona which is a three day holiday celebration to Our Lady of Mercy, an enormous festival consisting of papier mache giants, the Correfoc (fire parade), pyro-musicals (or insane fireworks show with music), Sardanas, an awkward Catalan dance (mostly done by all the old ya-ya's as they call [...]

Barcelona: Week 1

I just finished my first successful week in Barna (street-name for Barcelona.) I have accomplished many of my short terms goals (and a few are still pending, like my visa renewal.) I have gotten one English class so far, but I’m pending on a few others, so that’s good that I’ve got that cog slowly [...]

Spain: World Champions EuroCup 2012

Spain is good at two things: Partying and football (soccer). And both came in to play as soon as I stepped off the plane from my trip to Brussels. Upon my arrival to Madrid from Brussels, I barely even got a moment to breathe. I went straight to my flat to drop off my bag [...]

End of another school year

(Foreword to the reader: To clarify any confusion that may arise from this post, I am not leaving Spain. I am moving from Madrid to Barcelona in September to pursue a master's degree in International Relations. Please read on...) As I’m sitting here in this coffee shop, the one that Chris Kelley and I sat [...]