Monday, May 30, 2011

First weekend

After a long three first days of classes, it was finally Friday! So nice to know that I could sleep later, even though I didn't. Saturday morning I was up at 8, and at school by 9 to meet a group of Suffolk students and faculty for a hike up an old Roman road an hour outside of Madrid. We took a bus a few block from the school to our destination. It took about 2 hours to make it to the first summit of the mountain which was our final destination. It was gorgeous the entire hike not to hot and not to cold, but literally right once I stepped foot on the top it started hailing. The hail lasted about 5 minutes and by this time the temperature had dropped a few degrees and a breeze seemed to pick up. Not exactly the weather I wanted once I reached the summit but the views were beautiful. It reminded me a lot of home.
Sunday I slept until 9 and then Gina, Christie and I headed to the train station to go to Toledo(Toe-le-do... thats how the say it in Spain.) It was a fast train ride with beautiful scenery the entire way. We walked off the train and straight onto a double decker tour bus that took us on a scenic route through the hills of Toledo to the center of the city.
We spent the day wandering through the town and seeing what we could since it was Sunday and many of its famous attractions were closed. We ate an amazing lunch at a restaurant overlooking the countryside, and got in plenty of walking.
I slept very soundly last night after all of this walking and traveling. Now back to school....

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Day 2 & 3

So this post is going to be very short, because I am extremely tried. Adjusting from east coast time to Madrid time has not been easy, and I have had 2 very long days in the high heat. Yesterday was another day or orientation and a city tour of Madrid, and today we began classes. These classes will definitely not be as easy as the classes I took last summer, but I am excited to learn Spanish and Astronomy. In between class I took a tour of Madrid's old castle.

Because I am so exhausted I am just going to post some pictures of what I have done in the past few days.

Monday, May 23, 2011

I made it

So I am officially in Madrid! I landed today around 1 o'clock Madrid time. I was able to fall right asleep on both of my flights and on my second flight I even had an entire row to myself! We were brought straight to the Suffolk "campus" which is a actually just 1 building about a 30 minute metro ride from my apartment. After we were situated with cell phones and contact information they brought us to our residence.
Our apartment is a lot nicer than I expected it would be. Especially after seeing the front door...

This is our living room...

study area...

dining room...


hall to bedrooms...

No pictures of the bedrooms yet because they are messes since we all have yet to unpack and things are scattered everywhere.

After moving into the apartment we went to a safety session and then out with the group to try a bunch of different tapas.

Thats my quick summary of the first day. Time to unpack! and get some sleep!
Adios! :)

Friday, May 20, 2011

A year gone by.

Wow! I can honestly not believe a year ago around this time I was beginning my journey to Prague for the summer! And now I find myself in the same position again, about to head to another foreign country to take classes for the beginning of my summer.

This year I find myself traveling to Spain. I cant believe once again only 2 weeks off from school, and I am throwing myself back into it again. Although the last thing I have found myself thinking about packing are school supplies. This year however I will remember to bring notebooks and lots of pens; something which I completely spaced while packing last year.

I can not wait to learn spanish, dance the flamenco and do some much needed relaxing in the sun.

Study abroad round 2: MADRID.