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Niacka Carty: Witnessing a Spanish Protest

It is commonly known that the right to protest is perceived as a human right. This blog post focuses on my experience witnessing this human right in another democratic country, Spain. For the first time in my life last week, I witnessed a protest. I have participated in a protest once before but never witnessed ...

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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: La Provincia Escuelas Pías Betania

This week, I purposefully decided to tour another part of Madrid that I was not familiar with in order to see more of the city. After visiting several thrift shops, the reason for touring Madrid, a friend and I decided to continue to walk through a popular street. We knew we visited all the thrift ...

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Niacka Carty: Architect High School in Madrid

Soon after settling in, the topic of the last economic world crisis has been popular among Spaniards. I have noticed this in and outside of my classes. Spaniards often complain about the economic hiccup that is responsible for their current dire economical situation. This is used to explain the high unemployment rate that is among ...

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Niacka Carty: A Bit of Everything in Madrid

The professor for my Spanish language course shared with the class that there are currently over six million people in Madrid. Furthermore, it is said that Spain has the highest rate of immigration in the world second to the United States. This was shocking information. Upon hearing this information, I immediately expected Spain to resemble ...

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Niacka Carty: Spain: A Religious Country?

Upon arriving in Spain, I was a bit nervous about attending a Catholic university. I pictured nuns roaming the school with yard sticks, ready to discipline students. I was although disappointed that I did not see nuns or fathers walking around the city. I was always interested in their attire, a long black cloak complimented ...

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Niacka Carty: There’s Always Something to Admire in Spain

I recently found out that, unlike in the United States, in Spain all professionals receive the same salary. I immediately that the idea is interesting. Though Spain has adopted democracy, I think the concept of rewarding everyone with the same salary is more aligned with socialism in that in a way it promotes a sense ...

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Niacka Carty: First Official Week of Class

Today completes my first official week at Comillas. I did not think attending a university in a different country would have many, striking differences. Department heads at Comillas seem to bear the most power. Professors do not write the class syllabus. It seems that they are only tasked with enforcing the syllabus and lecturing. One ...

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Niacka Carty: My First Spanish Midday Meal

There are various cultural differences that I have noticed from being in Spain for only eleven days but “siestas” continually grab my attention. The word is used very often on and off-campus. Before coming to Spain, I was aware of the concept of a “siesta.” The term was introduced to me while studying Spanish at ...

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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 ...