My older sister, Christina, and her boyfriend, Marc (hence Marcstina) were fortunate enough to visit me here in Spain, even if only for a week. I always have a great time with these two, even if we are just watching a movie on Marc's couch in Gainesville. Being in Spain with them was just a … Continue reading Marcstina takes Espana (and is forced to drive to Granada)
This new word I’ve learned has really resonated with me. It is used most often at the beginning of sentences as an interjection meaning “to be hopeful” or “God-willing”. It is also, actually, an Arabic word that the Spaniards adopted into their own language. I’ve gravitated towards this words and grin a little each time … Continue reading Ojalá!
My 21st birthday was a couple days ago. To be completely honest, I was not too excited about it particularly because it was the first birthday I spent away from my family and because turning 21 is not necessarily a “big deal” in Europe as it is in the US. Boy, was I pleasantly surprised. … Continue reading My 21st in Madrid and Prienna
No one said it would be easy… My first 3 days in Madrid have been some tough ones, but they ended on a very high note (glass half full!). After arriving to Madrid in the wee hours of the morning (7:30am local time), I was exhausted and ready to put on my pj’s and take … Continue reading The First 3 Days in Madrid
The decision to study abroad has been the most exciting, adventurous, and terrifying thing I’ve ever done. I am by no means a risk-taker, adrenaline junkie or spontaneous person, but I hope to change this during the next five months of my life. My new motto while in Madrid: “Go for it!” This past year … Continue reading A little introduction…
Natalie DeVarona is a third year Industrial and Systems Engineering major at the University of Florida who is also pursuing minors in Business Administration and Sales Engineering. She has traveled abroad once previously when she was 13 years old for two weeks throughout Italy with her family to celebrate her older sister's "quince," or fifteenth … Continue reading Natalie: Spring in Madrid