The waitress asked me a question as she led me to a table in the corner of a small café. She spoke to me in her silky French accent, and I stared at her blankly. I don’t know a lick of French. “Umm… English?” I was embarrassed but didn’t know what else to say. She rolled her eyes at me. “We are in France, so … Continue reading What I Know and Thought I Knew About Parisians
We must be over the rainbow! This weekend was my first time venturing out of Madrid and my first time in Africa. I spent four days in Marrakech, Morocco. In my last blog post, I wrote about the similarities I could draw between Madrid and what I’ve seen of the United States. When I first arrived in Marrakech, I struggled to find even one commonality. … Continue reading Toto, I Have a Feeling We’re Not in Madrid Anymore
On my quest for new experiences, I decided to spend the holidays in Morocco, because I wanted something different than what I am used to. Of course I missed my family a lot, but I was willing to sacrifice that to gain more fun experiences and memories. I went with my friend to Morocco, and the first stop was the capital, Rabat. Rabat is a … Continue reading Welcoming 2020 in Morocco
If I didn’t know where this picture was taken, my first guess would be the Caribbean. But it is not. This is Nice, on the French Riviera. I personally didn’t think the Mediterranean could have this clear blue water, because when I went to Barcelona the water was dark blue; I generalized this idea to the whole Mediterranean. Nice is such a beautiful, calm, and … Continue reading The Legendary French Riviera
As promised, here is a picture of me actually rowing a boat in Retiro Park! First time I went there, I couldn’t get a boat because my friends and I got there late, and they were about to close, but this time I made sure I got there on time! My friend and I wanted to have a cultured day, so we arrived at the … Continue reading Do You Row?
This weekend’s trip was very unexpected for me because surprisingly, Barcelona turned out to be one of the prettiest places I’ve ever been to! To be honest, I had a prejudice on the city because I have heard my Madrid friends saying people in Barcelona are mean and uneducated; I also watch the local news, and everyday they talk about protests and riots all over … Continue reading Barcelona Weekend Getaway
If you’ve recently seen a twenty-something year old, brunette, 5′ 6″ girl stumbling around Madrid, turning her head from side-to-side with wide eyes and mouth agape — that’s me. It’s been ten days since I’ve touched down in Madrid for the spring semester, and it still doesn’t feel like real life. I’m not sure when it will sink in that I live here now. There … Continue reading ¡Hola, Madrid!
Name: Molly Chepenik (Blogger) Year in School: Junior Major: Journalism Minor: Sociology Program: UF in Madrid – Business, Language and Culture Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and why? I’ve traveled to London and Paris on a family vacation. I’ve been to Israel a couple times on educational programs. Have you studied abroad before? If so, where, when, and for what? No Where … Continue reading Molly Chepenik – Madrid, Spain
I have finally arrived to my new home for the next three months, Seville. It is everything I expected and more: the city is filled with a unique culture seen in the people, food, and historic sites that I have encountered in the past week. My program has continued to amaze me, as they set up several things for us to do in order to … Continue reading My New Home, Seville
First, I want to start off by saying how lucky I feel about the fact that I got to Madrid right before the winter season started so I got to experience the warm days in here. Being extremely sensitive to cold temperatures, I wanted to have as many outdoors experiences as possible before the winter comes which is why my friends and I decided to … Continue reading The Buen Retiro Park: A Soothing Experience