Study Abroad

Erasmus 11: The Erasmus way

Erasmus 11: The Erasmus way

  Proactivity is your best friend.   As an Erasmus student, you can’t afford to sit around or worse, stay at home and rest (unless the doctor explicitly said so).   Being an Erasmus student is a unique experience because it means that you chose to immerse yourself in a different culture and learn how […]

Erasmus 10: My first semester

    Exams are over, and I have officially said all my goodbyes so I thought it would be fitting to do a reflective piece on my first semester in Madrid.   A lot has happened in 2017, and one of the most important things for me was starting my year abroad in Spain. Like […]

Erasmus 9: Celebrating your Birthday

Erasmus 9: Celebrating your Birthday

  For those of you that know me, you will understand my keen interest in maintaining traditions and of course celebrating birthdays.   As an Erasmus student, one of the main concerns I faced (apart from the paperwork and understanding Spanish law) was how I would go about celebrating my 21st birthday. It is understandable […]

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 […]

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