Erasmus 7: Halloween in Madrid

 

Happy Halloween!

 

 

It certainly is for me.

 

 

What better way to celebrate the Halloween than with your Erasmus friends?

 

 

Today was one of my closest friend’s 21st birthday so we all gathered together and organised a surprise party for her. It took about three weeks to plan and I am happy to say that all those plans went down the drain as soon as things started to go wrong.

 

The lesson?

 

Planning is not always ideal when you are in Erasmus. Understanding when to be flexible and run with an idea seems to be the more suitable approach.

 

On a positive note, I did learn a lot about the Spanish way of celebrating Halloween. For instance, almost everyone dresses up and I loved seeing all the different families out and about celebrating together with both kids and parents dressed up. It was refreshing, to say the least.

 

 

The students here at RESA are no exception, perhaps it has something to do with the fact that most residents want an excuse to party; nevertheless, it is always interesting to see what people dress up as. Additionally, the residence itself was beautifully decorated to illustrate their Halloween spirit. They also have some delicious sweets out there for us so there was no reason to stay in your room.

 

The most surprising factor; however, was the fact that most were celebrating Halloween during the week with various themed parties running throughout the last couple of days. The number of event reminders on Facebook was enough to question whether staying at home was appropriate during the week. There was always something happening, some event to go to. It also helps that the 1st of November is considered a public holiday as it allows us all to celebrate Halloween with the excitement and commitment it deserves.

 

They take it so seriously that our ESN (Erasmus Student Network) even cancelled their weekly events because of this week’s festivities.

 

Like always, thank you for taking the time to read my post and feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

Until next time,

 

Cintya 🙂

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Hola! I'm Cintya and I’m currently in my year abroad studying in Spain. I'll be blogging about my experience so far as an Erasmus and Leicester student, about the course and the social side of university life, particularly, all the extracurricular activities and programmes that Leicester offers that you can get involved in.

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