Typical clothing of the processions

Semana Santa

The Easter period in Spain, called Semana Santa (Holy Week in English) is a really big deal. Spain is a predominately Roman Catholic country and as I have said before, it is a country that loves to celebrate and they really embrace their Easter celebrations. Although at Leicester we have 5 weeks off for Easter, […]

Relaxing the park

Spanish Exchange Reunion

When I was high-school, I was lucky enough to go 4 times on the Spanish Exchange trip to a high-school in Valdepeñas, a small town 2 hours south of Madrid. During my time there I made some great friends but over the years, we have gradually lost contact. That was until I moved to Madrid […]


Las Huelgas

Huelga- A word that is a big part of Spanish culture which in English means ‘strike’. Last week students at my university, the Complutense (and at others in Madrid) hacían huelga/went on strike on Wednesday and Thursday to protest again cuts to funding the education system. A quote that I read online giving a Spanish […]

Another Falla

Valencia and Las Fallas

Last weekend, I was lucky enough to do yet more travelling as I headed east to visit my friend from home, Terri, who is studying European Law with a Year Abroad in Valencia. I was really excited for the trip for 3 main reasons, 1. I was looking forward to seeing Terri and other familiar […]

Fountain Show!

Barcelona- The City of Gaudí

This time last week I was on an AVE train (Spanish high speed train standing for Alta Velocidad Española), leaving the City of Gaudí, also known as Barcelona. It was my first time there and therefore the previous weekend was full of sight-seeing, food eating and even a brief spell on the beach! As my […]

La Vida Universitaria/Uni Life

I am now in my second week of classes at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and it’s safe to say that there have been a few trials and tribulations along the way but I am finally at the point where I can say that I feel settled! Being an Erasmus student means that you have […]

¡He llegado! I have arrived!

I have officially spent 6 days in Madrid but it feels like I could have been here a lifetime already as I already feel very settled in my new home. I live with 4 other girls, 2 French, 1 Swiss and 1 English in the La Latina area of Madrid which is very near to […]

Madrid- ¡Mañana!

Tomorrow (mañana) I am moving to Madrid! After having a good two weeks at home in between coming back from Paris and setting off to Madrid, I feel quite settled back in England and I am rather nervous but excited to start the next part of my Year Abroad. This time tomorrow I will en […]

My empty room

A La Prochaine Fois, Paris!

I left Paris a week ago to come home and it was very bitter-sweet to end that chapter of my Year Abroad. In the 4 months I had spent in the city, I’d really gotten to know its people, found some great places to eat and really become accustomed to the Parisian way of life. […]

Nice's Notre Dame!

Nice and Monaco

During my last few days in France, I was lucky enough to be able to do some more travelling. One of my favourite quotes is ‘Travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer’ and I truly believe in this as my experiences travelling have allowed me to get to know new […]

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