The One Where Madrid is Home

It’s crazy how fast time flies by here, even though days in Madrid are ridiculously long. It’s definitely a good thing though, because there’s always so much I want to do!

Never really thought I’d say this, but I love my classes here. They’re a lot smaller than what I’m used to, as my classes here range from 5 to 10 students. I didn’t know how to feel about that at first, but it makes for a lot more one on one time. The USAC staff and professors here are fabulous and I know they always have my back.

Even though I usually have to spend some time doing homework and studying every day, the true learning is outside the classroom. I’ve learned more Spanish speaking to my host family than I have through worksheets. There’s no better way to learn a language and a city than by getting lost in it (which I have done a few times).

This past weekend I managed to squeeze two other cities in, and I’m so glad I did. Friday I went on a “field trip” with my program and a majority of other students to Segovia. What a beautiful city. Our tour guide told us that Alcanzar, the castle featured below, was the inspiration for Cinderella’s Castle, but I’m pretty sure that’s said about every castle.


My second city I traveled to was Valencia. My first train ride! I love Valencia because it has the feel of a big city but without being as crowded as Madrid. I spent a lot of time at the beach as well as La Ciudad de Artes y Ciencias (The City of Arts and Sciences). We also went to the aquarium there, which is the largest aquarium in Europe!


Madrid feels like home now. I’ve gotten used to all the public transportation, but I still feel like I see something new each day. I guess that’s part of the excitement of living in a big city!