The time is coming to pack up, to squeeze the suitcase shut and kiss your family and friends goodbye, to start a new chapter of your life in a different country, perhaps even on a different continent. And so the question becomes:
How do you pack an entire life into a suitcase or two?
As I prepare to pull my suitcase from its closet in my rented room and close the zippers on the life I created over the last four months in Madrid, I am reminded of the days of agonizing that went into closing that suitcase the first time in my room in Raleigh.
So after surviving and thriving over four months living from my suitcase, here are a few of the tips I found most helpful for packing for my time in Madrid: http://www.setafoot.com/monthly-tips-for-study-abroad-2/2016/12/12/packing-for-study-abroad
Is it your first winter in Madrid? Are you wondering how to make the most of the chilly days here? Madrid in December is like nothing I have ever seen before, filled with light and color and excitement. After exploring the brightly lit and decorated streets in the newly cold weather, discover here some favorite Madrid winter traditions that I have stumbled upon! http://www.setafoot.com/monthly-tips-for-study-abroad-2/2016/12/5/winter-in-madrid-how-to-celebrate-xmas
On any given street in Madrid, there are a thousand focal points dazzling from every angle – from postmodern sculptures peeking off rooftops to classical fountains circled by cars and buses to pastel-toned buildings, their years of origin faintly painted onto elaborate facades.
If you are looking to make the most of Madrid’s very varied architecture, here are some of my favorite spots in Madrid on an easy walking tour!
Of all Spanish desserts, there are few as beloved as a plate piled high with lightly sugar-dusted, u-shaped churros and an accompanying cup of thick chocolate. Over a recent weekend trip to Barcelona, I undertook the challenge of eating as many churros con chocolate in as many restaurants as possible – here is a sampling of the best churros in town, with a few other gems found along the way!
Read on about where to satisfy your sweet tooth in Barcelona: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/a-dessert-tour-of-barcelona-churros-chocolate-and_us_582616e2e4b02b1f5257a11b
Between sapphire sky, crystal ocean, yellow hills, and blue mountains, sits San Sebastián on the north-western tip of Spain. The ocean filters into the bay and from the bay, the city grows outward and onto the surrounding hills. In that bay, rests an island where the waves break, with a single house on its top, sharp cliffs of rock hewn by wind and ocean and time surrounding it.
Read on here: http://pooleglobal.blogspot.com/2016/11/i-took-trip-to-san-sebastian_3.html
Toledo: ancient city of three religions twining and crossing across time. To step onto the steep roads of this Spanish hill town is to step back in history. Toledo is a city best seen in sunshine, all the better to see the intricate details of the buildings and the sun glinting off the river – lucky for your trip, rain seems to seldom fall here.
Toledo is half an hour from Madrid by train and forty-five minutes by bus, making it the ideal spur of the moment day trip for anyone hoping to make the most of a day off or an unplanned weekend.
After two trips to Toledo in the last month, read about a few of my favorite things to recommend to anyone hoping to make a visit at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/a-day-in-toledo-what-to-see-and-do_us_58187bb9e4b08301d33e0e2d
Split – This cosmopolitan capital of ancient times, founded nearly 2400 years ago by Greeks, gained its main attraction in 305 C.E. upon the construction of Diocletian’s Palace. Diocletian, an emperor with Dalmatian roots, left his mighty position in Rome to retire to Split and build his spectacular retirement home. Read more about Split and my other favorite places in Croatia at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/three-croatian-paradises-to-visit_us_57caac00e4b06c750dda2947
To me, Madrid is a dream.
And now – my dream is my life. I have longed to study in Madrid ever since I first met the city two years ago, and from the day I left, I have been planning my return. I am a student and a writer, an explorer and a dreamer from the United States – specifically Raleigh, North Carolina. Now, I am a student for the next semester at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas.
Learn more about adapting to life in the cosmopolitan capital of Spain at http://www.setafoot.com/monthly-tips-for-study-abroad-2/2016/9/8/first-impressions-of-madrid-after-my-first-week
This July, I visited Venice for the fifth time in seven years. Over those five trips, I have fallen in love with Venice, with her backstreets and her broad canals, with her crowded buildings tumbling against one another and her crowds. After writing my article, “Venice: Must Sees and Mystique”, I began to wonder what I had missed on my previous trips. Learn five tips on what to see and do off the beaten track from the eyes of two locals who have lived in Venice their whole lives at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/heather-keleher/a-locals-guide-to-venice-_b_11546990.html
Sunshine, sand, swimsuits, and salty tang in the air, Palma de Mallorca is a well-known spot for those looking for a good time. But beyond the famous nightlife and sunny days, what is there to do in Mallorca’s main city? Read my four reasons for making Palma de Mallorca a destination on your next holiday at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/heather-keleher/4-reasons-to-visit-palma-de-mallorca_b_10943536.html