Category: Spain

Raíces: Hala Madrid!

Hola todos, This is Steve Rodriguez coming to you straight from the historic capital city of Madrid, here in Spain! It has officially been a week since I got here. The flight was super long and it took me a good amount of time to get used to the time zone difference (Madrid is six hours later than Philadelphia).The ...

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Niacka Carty: Takeways

When I received my final exams schedule, I was sad that my last exam was days before I leave Madrid. At that time, there was a lot that I wanted to still do before I leave but as my final exam dates came closer and closer, naturally, I had less time for recreational activity. I ...

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Niacka Carty: Christmas Lights Tour

I decided to take another mini break from studying this week to take a tour of the Christmas lights in the city. I was thrilled to find out that such a thing exists, after doing a simple Google search. Surprisingly, the tour was inexpensive, only two Euros (approximately $2.50). For that low price, two roommates ...

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Niacka Carty: ‘Tis the Season

The start of December is always a reminder for me that Christmas will be coming up. However, this is also the time of final exams. This week was the first week of finals. Compared to finals week at Drexel, I feel a bit more hassle-free, given that my exams are nicely and evenly spread out ...

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Niacka Carty: Everyone Has a Dog in Madrid

It seems like everyone has a pet in Madrid, specifically a dog or two. This includes the young and the old. Dogs are seen in every part of the city. Because I live in a neighborhood, where there are many, who I assume are, retirees, I commonly see grandparents pushing the strollers of their grandchildren ...

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Niacka Carty: Christmas Spirit in Madrid

Madrid is undeniably in the Christmas spirit. There are bands playing Christmas music on the streets, in metro stations and inside the trains. The Christmas decorations in Madrid are beautiful! I noticed that the city was preparing for Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving. There are not many where I live compared to the tourist areas. However, ...

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Niacka Carty: Papa Noel

A part from completing coursework while in Madrid, I also teach English to primary school children. It is very informal and can be thought of as private lessons. Twice a week for an hour each lesson, I play games with two Spanish boys ages six and seven. The overall goal is to build their confidence ...