IFG UPDATE: February 17

Now that we’re about one-quarter of the way through the semester, we think it’s a good time to take a step back and reexamine our goals and how we want to make use of the time that we’ve got left here.

What did you aspire to do, be, achieve, or experience going into your time here in Spain, and which of those goals are still true for you right now?

In our meetings we focused on taking concrete steps towards reaching our goals, remembering the importance of small wins, as well as the significance of that word “yet” as we develop a growth mindset. By reframing failure or lack of success as temporary—”not yet“—and simply a step on the way towards achievement, we can leave a future of possibilities open for ourselves.

– Genesis & Chris




Kurt Vonnegut explains drama


“…because we grew up surrounded by big dramatic story arcs in books and movies, we think our lives are supposed to be filled with huge ups and downs! So people pretend there is drama where there is none.”



3 Minute Body Scan

Ask yourself

What feels new this week? What feels natural and familiar?


Madrid Diferente

  • “Guía con los bares, restaurantes y tiendas más originales de Madrid—agenda de ocio para disfrutar de la ciudad.”

Bloggin’ Madrid

  • Madrid’s official tourism blog. Local perspectives on things to do and see, places to eat and drink, and the latest trends in the city.

Naked Madrid

  • “Naked Madrid is a budding blog written in English by a multinational group of passionate Madrid transplants. We started this blog because we think Madrid is one of those cities that can best be enjoyed if a local shows you around.”

Madrid Cool Blog

  • “…descubrir sitios especiales. Museos, salas de exposiciones, eventos temporales, salir de compras, de cañas y tapas, de cena, un picnic en un parque etc.”

Becoming a Local

The Best Language Exchange Bars in Madrid

“Do you want to improve your Spanish conversation without signing up for an extra course? This is becoming an increasingly popular choice thanks to the popularity of the language exchange programmes available in Madrid. The idea is fairly simple: a group of people from the most diverse countries gather in a room –usually located in a bar- and, while having some coffees or beers, they speak about subjects they find especially amusing or interesting to learn about.”

Open Mic Nights at Aleatorio

“Compartir poesía, cerveza, música y noche.
Febrero: seguimos bailando con aniversario al fondo.”

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