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Thank you!

111 days. 36 new friends from 4 schools. 19 cities in 6 countries. 7 long-distance bus rides. 4 new (host) family members. 3 French macarons. 2 Thanksgiving dinners. Countless servings of Tortilla de Patatas. How am I supposed to put this 1 incredible semester into words? I can’t. I literally cannot. I know that as […]

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My classes here

Before I came to Madrid, one night at dinner, my dad and I had an uncharacteristically sentimental conversation. He asked me a bunch of questions about my upcoming study abroad experience that ranged from the typical “why did you decide to study abroad?” and “where do you want to travel in Europe?” to the less […]

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On the US Elections

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. Martin Luther King, Jr. KATIE CAMPBELL- On Friday morning, I got on a plane to go to Paris. How lucky am I that this was not my first, but my second time visiting the city? I had been especially excited for this trip, but in […]

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Giving Thanks

As I approach the first Thanksgiving I will spend away from my family, I can’t help but reflect on the holiday. Thanksgiving is perhaps the most American holiday there is. Take my aunt as an example: a 60-something unmarried woman, she uses Thanksgiving as the holiday for her core group of girlfriends to get together […]

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My Host Family

KATIE CAMPBELL- During one of my first weekends in Spain, my host family took me to the “pueblo” where my host dad grew up. It was a picturesque, medieval town nestled in the Valle de Cinco Pueblos about 2 hours west of Madrid. Throughout the weekend, I marveled at the natural beauty around me, ate […]

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Am I a Local Yet?

KATIE CAMPBELL- At the beginning of the program, we watched a TED Talk that explored the idea of locality. The author, Taiye Selasi, suggested that rather than ask other people “Where are you from?” a better, more accurate question would be to ask, “Where are you a local?” According to Selasi, your locality is the […]

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My Internship: Clínica Ojeda

KATIE CAMPBELL- On Monday, as I flipped to the next week in my planner, I realized that we were beginning our eighth week here in Madrid. The program is approximately 16 weeks long, so this week marks the halfway point. This didn’t at all seem possible. It feels like my classes are still getting started, […]

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Remembering that We are Studying Abroad

KATIE CAMPBELL- This week has been strange for me. First, it rained. A lot. I woke up this morning to the sound of pouring rain pounding on the skylight of my bedroom. My inner-Midwesterner briefly thought it was hailing before I realized I just hadn’t heard rain in a long time. I had gotten used […]

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Being Vegetarian in Spain

KATIE CAMPBELL- Two years ago, when I came to Tufts I quickly realized that the meat served in the dining halls wasn’t worth eating. After a year of limiting my meat intake at Tufts, I decided to go all out and stop eating it. I replaced the bacon at brunch at Kelly’s Diner with grilled […]

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Is Spain Different? (no, not the class)

KATIE CAMPBELL- Since I’ve come to Spain, I’ve been asked numerous times why I decided to study abroad in Madrid. In the US, I would quickly respond with a generic answer: that I wanted to go to a Spanish speaking country to better my language skills (because I’ve been studying Spanish since I was in […]