Category: Spain

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Niacka Carty: A Public WC (Water Closet) – Quite Literally

I enjoy walking around my neighborhood and seeing the various restaurants and specialized shops. It can almost be the equivalent of site seeing. Additionally, I live in a neighborhood that hosts one of the most popular shopping malls in Madrid, El Corte Inglés. It reminds me of Macy’s store and in particular, the Macy’s in ...

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Niacka Carty: Another Spanish View of American Holidays

I decided to write about the point of view of Spaniards have of Thanksgiving because it was something I did not think they thought much about but I suppose because there is a plethora of shops and restaurants dedicated to the American cuisine and lifestyle, it makes sense that the city would have an opinion ...

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Niacka Carty: A Warm Holiday Season

I took a picture of my classmates enjoying the sun before our next class Thursday afternoon. Though the temperature is dropping and the sun comes out much later than when I first arrived in late August, it was mostly in the high 60s this week with the nights being in the low and mid 60s. ...

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Niacka Carty: First Thanksgiving Abroad

The preparations for displaying lights in the city during the night and the wide array of Christmas candy in supermarkets are clear signs that Christmas is next month. If I were home, Christmas would feel far away but because Thanksgiving is this month, I have already started to think of the two holidays. I will ...

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Niacka Carty: Globalization in Madrid

I remember the first time I noticed that a product in the United States was also written in Spanish. The change caused me to realize that the Spanish language is gaining increasing importance. I usually see the English and Spanish text written on the same side, though the text in Spanish is presented in a ...

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Niacka Carty: More Exploring

I have always opted to take the bus instead of the train to go places and to get home. The first time I took the bus, I thought the people on them were a lot nicer and calmer. The train is intolerably loud. It is not fun sitting in the middle of what seems to ...

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Niacka Carty: Finally Feeling Adjusted

I decided to study abroad, thinking that I was going to fulfill an overall objective of linking language study with my major, International Area Studies. Because I am a first-generation American, I have been travelling a lot and have been exposed to many cultures at the same time. Thus, I thought I would be ahead ...

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Niacka Carty: Museo del Prado (Prado Museum)

The picture for this blog post is the floor map of the Prado National Museum, located in Madrid. The study group that plans trips for international students at the university organized the trip to the museum, making it free. A friend urged me to go and I was glad I decided to join. Apparently, the ...

Niacka Carty: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu

I can remember the first day of orientation vividly. After the head of the university welcomed us to Madrid and explained where we can use and find resources for international students, there was a section dedicated to explaining Spanish culture to all the international students. I was a bit surprised that fútbol (football) was the ...

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Niacka Carty: Por qué los elefantes no llevan reloj (Why don’t elephants wear a watch?)

After discussing cultural differences with other international students from the United States, Germany, France, Belgium and other countries, we all agree that time seems to slow down in Madrid for Spaniards but we still feel a sense of urgency. I have had difficulties coping with not being punctual. I have had minor difficulties coping with ...