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Kaitlyn in Spain

Things that I noticed while living in Spain…

There is a time in the middle of the day for rest that is called “siesta”. From around 3-5pm, all of the shops close and all Spaniards participate in a few hours to unwind before the evening. People don’t smile to each other when passing on the street. Sometimes it can be considered flirting! The foods are not as processed. Always made fresh with healthy ingredients. Spaniards eat A LOT of bread and olive oil. It became a main part of my diet while living abroad. Being topless on a […]

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Tenerife, Canary Islands

Buenas tardes from the Canary Islands! As my semester came to a close with the completion of my final exams, I felt as though I had accomplished something greater than myself. To be honest, before coming to Spain I assumed that my classes would be a breeze and school would not even be a concern. Unfortunately, I experienced the exact opposite. Taking courses in another language–one that I was not fluent in–wasn’t exactly a piece of cake. Although it was a challenge, I can proudly look back on my semester […]

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Camino de Santiago

To welcome in the month of April, my “Camino de Santiago” class went on a weekend excursion with our professors to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia to truly experience the Camino. The Camino de Santiago is a cultural landmark that links the Spanish medieval past with the present. It is a route that runs through the north of the Iberian Peninsula, stretching over 800 km from the French-Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela, the capital of the northwestern region of Galicia, passing through five different regions and over a hundred […]

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Vamos a la Playa!

For the second half of my spring break, I decided to head to the south of Spain for some much needed Vitamin D. The trip was very spontaneous, but isn’t that what life is all about? I traveled alone, but fortunately had some close family friends nearby. After a three hour train ride, I arrived in Fuengirola (which I somehow still have trouble pronouncing) at around midnight, then took a taxi to my humble abode for the weekend: Hotel IPV Palace & Spa. For the majority of my stay I […]

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Paris, France

Bonjour from Paris! For the first half of my Spring Break vacation I was fortunate enough to be with my family. Just a week before, my mom and brother, Ian, came to visit me in Spain. After showing them Madrid and Toledo, we flew to Paris to visit our relatives. My uncle Jack was given the opportunity to do a sabbatical, so him, my aunt and cousins, are traveling Europe over the course of 4 months! My family and I were very lucky to have them welcome us into their […]

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Barcelona

At the beginning of March I was lucky enough to visit my friend Jessica, who is studying abroad in Barcelona. This weekend was unique because it was “Study Abroad Fest”: a weekend where students who are studying abroad all around Europe come to Barcelona for concerts and a good time! The first day, Jess, her friends and I, went for brunch at Aslur Cafe. I had a grilled cheese waffle sandwich with avocado–it was surprisingly delicious! Then we did some shopping/girly things. The next day, we joined a huge group […]

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Lisboa, Portugal

Last weekend I visited Lisbon with some friends. The weather was great and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. The first day we explored the city and took a lot of photos. The next day, we joined a tour group and drove to Sintra. There, we tried Portugal’s famous pastry at a patisserie that had been in the same family since 1755! Next, we went to an estate called, “Quinta da Regaleria”. The property consisted of a romantic palace and chapel, wells, benches, fountains, a tennis court, and secret […]

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Excursion to El Escorial

This past Friday, my classmates and I went on an excursion to El Escorial. El Escorial is the Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, near Madrid. Constructed between 1563 and 1584, this historical residence of the King of Spain functions as a monastery, royal palace, museum, and school. Simply from its exterior alone, the tedious and extensive work that was put into its construction is evident. After touring the palace, I was unquestionably overcome with amazement. Over almost two hours of viewing the Royal site, I had seen: […]

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Vamos a Valencia!

This previous weekend, my friends and I traveled to Valencia, Spain! It was so beautiful and the weather was perfect… sunny and 70! When we arrived, we ventured through the main plaza/city, taking many photos along the way. We visited the City of Arts and Sciences, which was simply spectacular! There was a planetarium, opera house, and a tennis center for very important matches! I wanted to see the tennis courts, but for some reason it was closed. This tourist attraction area reminded me a lot of Sydney, Australia, where […]

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Interning Abroad…

Yesterday I officially began my internship course. Throughout my time in Toledo I will be interning at “Colegio E.P Ciudad de Nara,” teaching Spanish children (ages 3-5) how to speak English. In addition to teaching the students English, I will be learning more about the Spanish school system and improving my Spanish vocabulary and skills while talking with the teachers. After only one day I fell in love with the students…their enthusiasm to learn brings me to pure joy and I cannot wait to see how my teachings impact them!

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Welcome to Madrid… (Art)

After settling into Toledo and beginning our classes, our school visited Madrid! The excursion for school only lasted a day, but my friends and I decided to stay in Madrid for the rest of the weekend. We visited two Art Museums: “El Museo Del Prado” and “El Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza”. El Museo Del Prado has one of the world’s finest collections of European art, dating from the 12th century to the early 19th century, based on the former Spanish Royal Collection, and unquestionably the best single collection of Spanish Art. El […]

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Arriving in Toledo

After flying overnight from Philadelphia to Madrid, then taking a short bus ride from the airport, my group finally arrived in Toledo, Spain! I still cannot believe I’m not dreaming…this all just doesn’t seem real. Once we got to our home/school for the semester–La Fundación José Ortega Y Gasset–we received our room number, unpacked, ate lunch, and relaxed. I was fortunate enough to be put in my own room with a beautiful view! I share my bathroom with an awesome girl from Puerto Rico, named Yaureliz! We have already become […]

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