Study Abroad

Erasmus 8: How to spend a public holiday in Madrid

Erasmus 8: How to spend a public holiday in Madrid

Hola chicos!   As I mentioned yesterday, today is a public holiday here in Spain. El día de todos los Santos (Saints day) is considered a national holiday and it is a tradition to have some buñuelos (fried dough ball) which can sometimes be filled with something sweet or savoury depending on your personal preference. […]

Erasmus 6: A trip to Hospital de la Paz

Erasmus 6: A trip to Hospital de la Paz

  Another day, another surprise.   When I woke up two hours later than what was expected, I should have realised the day was not going to go as I initially planned. As I was preparing to go to the Madrid International Student Welcome Day, I got a message from one of my friends asking […]

Erasmus 5: ESN UAM

Erasmus 5: ESN UAM

      How is it possible that after a month they can still surprise me?   Wondering who “they” are?   Then wait no longer. I am referring to the lovely ESN team here at my university.   For those of you who don’t know, ESN stands for Erasmus Student Network and if you […]

Our gym and my friend Cristina trying out the treadmill

Erasmus 4- First month at RESA

  I still can’t believe it’s been a month since I checked in the residence hall. For those of you that haven’t been following my Erasmus experience, you can check my last post here. Also, you should take a look at the Spanish accommodation post for reference.   Now, for those of you, that know how […]

Erasmus 3 – Language barriers? What’s that?

Erasmus 3 – Language barriers? What’s that?

It’s official.   I’ve spoken more English than Spanish and I’ve only been here for 28 hours.   How is that possible?   I am hoping that will change as soon as classes start. Spending a good portion of my day on the shopping centre probably didn’t help my case as most stores require their […]

Erasmus 2 – Arrival

Erasmus 2 – Arrival

  It’s happening.   Today, my journey has finally started; It’s the start of the rest the year.   It’s Erasmus.   As I left the plane, I was greeted by Madrid’s sunny weather which helped put a smile on my otherwise tired face. You see, it all started earlier this morning when I missed […]

 Erasmus 1.1 – Spanish Accommodation

    I promised to write about this when I had the chance, so here it is! You can check my previous post on planning and preparation here.     This past month has been stressful and exhausting, to say the least. I thought I had everything organised with my accommodation when I got an […]

Erasmus Part 1: Planning & Preparation

¡Hola!   Yes, you guessed it right.   I’m going to Spain and it’s going to be an incredible experience!   Why am I so sure?   Well, I can never be certain but I am currently preparing and planning for my year abroad which is why I thought it would be useful to give […]

Vincent and Mia

Le Big Mac, Tarantino and the Deep South

Have you seen Pulp Fiction? It’s a Tarantino cult classic that’s hard to forget with its copious amounts of cocaine, guns and bizarrely mundane dialogue throughout (there’s 5 minutes of screen time dedicated to a conversation about foot-rubs…). It’s a dialogue near to the beginning of the film that I wanted to talk about in […]

Mémé’s Tarte au Citron

Mémé’s Tarte au Citron

August has been a month of adjustment for me. I went home to Leicester at the start of the month and suffered from reverse culture shock, a subject which Katie wrote a really great blog post about here. I’d just adjusted to being back in England when I boarded my return flight to France. I’ll […]

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