The Good, the Bad, and the Slightly Ugly

Madrid is incredible and I love living here. But like any rose, it also has some thorns. Some are insignificant, like having to wait two days for clothes to hang dry. (Hearing that someone owns a dryer in Madrid is like stumbling across a household with a pet elephant.) Another minor inconvenience is having to … Continue reading The Good, the Bad, and the Slightly Ugly


Weekend Trips for the Win

Once again on an airplane (seems like this is the only time I find to sit down and write), flights are starting to feel almost as common as car or bus rides. After traveling to Prague, Zurich, Granada, Barcelona, and Edinburgh in the past month, it has hit me that this semester is truly an … Continue reading Weekend Trips for the Win

Family Abroad

Grandmothers are often the unexplainable force that brings families together, the glue that keeps them united. This is definitely the case in my family. My grandmother hasn't left Colombia in years, weighed down by grief over her late husband. Recently she decided she was ready to leave and wanted to visit her grandchildren studying in … Continue reading Family Abroad

What It’s Like to Move In With a Host Family (& Pictures of Valencia!)

Life hasn’t slowed down for a second since arriving to Valencia. I’m actually currently on an airplane on my way to Prague for the weekend, but I felt I needed to reflect on my first few weeks in my new home before moving on to another city. The time has flown by, although in some … Continue reading What It’s Like to Move In With a Host Family (& Pictures of Valencia!)

Starting the Semester With a Side of Flamenco

Today was the first day of classes. I’m most excited (and nervous) for Data Structures and Algorithms, which I’m taking in Spanish. Although I am a native Spanish speaker, I’ve never taken a university-level class taught in the language, so I’m definitely in for a challenge. Today in class it took me a moment to … Continue reading Starting the Semester With a Side of Flamenco

Gabriela: Spring in Madrid

Gabriela Buraglia is a University of Florida student studying abroad during Spring 2018 in Madrid, Spain.  To learn more about Gabriela's program, click here: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Engineering). What is your year and academic concentration? I’m a fourth year Industrial and Systems Engineering student, minoring in Computer Science. Have you traveled abroad before? If … Continue reading Gabriela: Spring in Madrid