Archive by Author


Le Modele Noir

During the puente, I visited family in Paris and maximized my time in order to stay there for a week. It is needless to say that Paris is stunning and there are so many wonderful sights and fun experiences to be had, especially when you have a full week to enjoy them. One of the […]

Netflix in Spain

One of the things I first noticed when I arrived in Spain eight months ago was that my Netflix selection grew bigger. I was excited to explore some Spanish shows and movies, especially because one of my goals was to immerse myself in the culture and try to understand its idioms, inside jokes, stereotypes, etc. […]


A semester at the UAM

Something I did not get to do last semester that I really wanted to experience this semester was to take a class at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (UAM). Last semester, I spent some time on the campus because I was leading and English conversation group but this semester, I spent most of my time […]


Rediscovering Spanish with Chavela

Last semester, I took several program classes and really enjoyed them. This semester I am only taking one program class – Spanish for Heritage Speakers taught by our wonderful Chavela.    Even though I grew up in Honduras and Spanish is my native language, I have always felt more comfortable in English. Perhaps because I […]


Interning at CEAR

Our program provides us with the opportunity to intern while in Madrid. Last semester, I worked with our program Professor Josep Lobera, as one of his research assistants. This semester, I wanted to try something different so I decided to serve as a Legal Aid Assistant at the Spanish Commission for Refugee Assistance (CEAR). There […]

Processed with VSCO with m5 preset

Dancing Discomfort Away

One common piece of advice about studying abroad is to “step out of your comfort zone.” For some, going abroad is a huge step, but I have felt at home since I arrived in Madrid. Perhaps it’s that I’m a native Spanish speaker and haven’t had trouble expressing myself, or that my Latin American culture […]

Casa de Campo

Parques de Madrid

By now, we all know and love visiting el Retiro. But did you know Madrid has many other wonderful parks to visit? Now that it’s warmer, I have been looking for more green spaces to soak up some sunshine while I get some work done and while I do love Retiro, I’m starting to fall […]

Bilbao 3

More on the Last Program Trip

Last weekend, the program organized a trip for us to visit Logroño and Bilbao. I was particularly excited because one of my goals is to visit each of the four different regions in Spain. I loved getting to know Andalucía and Catalunya, so I certainly looked forward to getting a taste of what La Rioja […]

Cooking 2

Cooking in Madrid

Something that I miss a lot from home is having the ability to cook every day. For me, cooking is an activity where I can immerse myself in the recipe I am doing, and not have to think about anything else going on in my life. It’s a nice break from my normal routine and […]

Toma Cafe (Cory Smith photo)

Where To Study

If you’re anything like me, you may find that always studying in the same place can become distracting. Even while at Tufts, I have to switch my study spaces through the semester in order to get some variety and be able to remain productive. One of the many amazing things about Madrid is that it […]