I Got my Ricolas Though

Sarah Jones Major: Political Science Universidad de Burgos, Spain, Fall 2018 Mental health is important and studying abroad can be very taxing. Studying abroad requires you to live so far away from the places, people and sights that you’re used to. Often this causes a lot of issues with homesickness, anxiety, and stress. Many people…

Weekends while Abroad

Michael Mikolajczak Major: Spanish, Finance Universidad de Burgos, Spain, Fall 2018 During my time in Spain, I have had a lot of free time. The classes here are by no means a walk in the park, but I would say they are easier than the classes back in Kalamazoo. With less homework and tests to…

Day in, Day Out

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019 Morning: Greeting the day with dance The primary reason I applied to Fulbright is because I work in the field of intercultural education and lacked the experience of living, working, and learning in another society. But I had already experienced some of the world…

Realizing That Where I Am Is Much Like Being Back Home

Taylor Pace Major: Journalism University College Dublin, Fall 2018. Being in a foreign country, it is quite a given that there are going to be a lot of differences between that particular country and the country where you are from. Now as stated in previous blog posts, being here in Ireland is a lot…, I don’t…

A Sample of Spanish Cuisine

Michael Mikolajczak Major: Spanish, Finance Universidad de Burgos, Spain, Fall 2018 When traveling abroad one of the most exciting things to experience is food. The food of a country can be very telling of its culture and the life of its people. For example, most of the food in Spain is considered tapas. Tapas are…

La Vida Gitana

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019 Encuentro Estatal de Estudiantes Gitanos The first weekend of October, I attended the fifth Encuentro Estatal de Estudiantes Gitanas (National Reunion of Gitano/a Students) in a rural town north of Madrid named El Escorial. Nearly 70 teenagers and 40 Fundacion educational support staff attended: in general…

Halloween was Called What…?

Taylor Pace Major: Journalism University College Dublin, Fall 2018. The celebrations here in Ireland are a little bit more extravagant than back home. Back home people go all out with parties, but there is more history and traditions here that I loved learning about. Traditionally, I always thought that Halloween came from the Mexican celebration…

The Food Scene in Spain

Nora Owens Major: Spanish and Occupational Therapy Non-WMU, AIFS: Granada, Spain Adjusting to life here in Spain was a tad more challenging than I had originally thought. For starters, Spaniards eat breakfast before they start their day, and it is continental in the strictest sense, normally bread with butter or marmalade. A common brekkie staple…

Arriving in Madrid

Brock Notter Major: Finance and Economics Non-WMU Program: Saint Louis University: Madrid, Fall 2018 The Essentials to Starting Off in Madrid 1.  Currency I pre-ordered money from my bank, so I would have euros to get a taxi from the airport to my apartment. This was a great idea as I didn’t have to pay…

Language in Europe

Nick Talamantez Major: Film, Video and Media Studies Non-WMU: Sol Education, Granada, Spain, Fall 2018 The past couple weeks traveling through Germany, France, and Spain have taught me a lot. I particularly wanted to talk about language. I always hear about how English is the second most spoken language in the world. What I did…

Living with the Locals

Michael Mikolajczak Major: Spanish, Finance Universidad de Burgos, Spain, Fall 2018 I have been in Burgos for almost two months now and have loved every second of the trip. Adjusting to the culture has not been a problem for me at all, but I know that is not the same for everyone in my group….

Keeping in Contact While Abroad

Adrianna Turner Major: English Non-WMU AIFS: Grenoble, France “But what about my phone?” Before departing for France, I scoured the internet for ways to keep in contact with my family. Every other blog I read told me the best course of action for a semester was to just get a French SIM card and you…