June 24, 2017 Toledo, a city just under an hour outside of Madrid, serves as a very important city in the history of Spain. Not only did it used to be the capital of Spain, but it is the current capital of Castilla de la Moncha and continues to reflect Spain's the diverse history. In … Continue reading The Tale of 3 Religions- Toledo, Spain
In Spain, music seems to literally be a way of life for some people. It evokes emotion, and sometimes it is even used to put bread on the table. It seems that anywhere I go I will get some live entertainment! Which in some ways is nice considering in the U.S. you usually have to … Continue reading La Musica!
When most people think of Spain, they think of the Cheetah Girls Barcelona scene, paella and long sprawling fields of grape vines ready to be turned into wine. While those things are all amazing, from that viewpoint you tend to miss out on the other amazing things Spain has to offer. For example, San Sebastian! … Continue reading San Sebastian
[June 11, 2017: My First [and last] Bull Fight in Plaza de Toro!] Before leaving for Spain, many people told me "Don't go to a Bull Fight!" or "You know what happens at a Bull Fight right?! They kill the Bull!" In America, a Bull Fight would be met with hundreds of Animal Rights Activists … Continue reading My First (and last) Bull Fight
Spain is a country with a long history and a wide variety of cultures, languages, and foods. While most people remember Spain as the country that sponsored Christopher Columbus to "sail to ocean blue in 1452", there is SOOOO much more to it! Spain is also one of the most Catholic countries in the world. … Continue reading Vamos a Salamanca!
No worries, I know you didn't sign up for Spanish classes, so I won't test you by writing it all in Espanol. However, that is EXACTLY what my professors did on our first day of class. In full disclosure, I really really wanted to be placed into Low Intermediate level classes (B1), but received … Continue reading La primera dia de la escuela!
[Picture of the Metro Stop I went to about 6 times today] SOOOOO besides being locked out of the apartment the very first day nothing too stressful had happened to me in Spain.... until this morning. Long story short - despite my endless planning and preparing somewhere along the way the bank did not … Continue reading Does anyone even use banks anymore?
Wow! It's hard to believe that I've already been in Madrid for 5 days, and yet at the same time it feels so familiar and comfortable as well. Part of moving to a new city, and my personal favorite, is the exploration phase. Now, yes, sometimes it is confusing and I have no idea what … Continue reading Exploring a New World – First few days in Madrid!
Studying Abroad has always been a dream of mine. When I started college, I told myself that I was going to make it happen. I've upheld that end of the bargain. However, when I decided this I didn't have half of these thoughts in my head, heck until 2 weeks ago I hadn't thought some … Continue reading 10 Thoughts 10 Days Before I Leave
Kathryn McAllister is a University of Florida student studying abroad during Summer C of 2017 in Madrid, Spain. To learn more about her program, click here: UF in Madrid - Business, Language and Culture. What is your year and academic concentration? I am Communication Sciences and Disorders Major on the Pre-Audiology track with a Minor … Continue reading Kathryn: Summer in Madrid