SBCC official Madrid program blogger Jenny Oslund reflects on the program as she reached beyond the mid-point of the program, and realizes that one can feel at home in more than one place.
I am finally able to say that there are more days of the program behind me than there are days left. Living abroad in Madrid has become my normal now and although at times surreal, it has come to be what I envisioned all along.
|With Meghan and Alex at |
La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
|The Gaudie House in Barcelona|
As expected, I’ve learned a lot about what I like and dislike about the city and people. What I like is that locals walk with either determination or liberty in their stride. I dislike the metro during rush hour and barely fitting into a car. But what my friends and I have really come to love other than people watching and subway surfing, is eating. On the weekends we will try to find trendy restaurants that we first research extensively. When we have had enough time being tourists, we like to be locals at our familiar spots.
|At the top of El Corte|
Ingles overlooking Gran Via
It has been two months since arriving in Spain and it is incredible to reflect on the uniqueness and uncertainty of each and every day. I remained vigilant in not having too many predispositions of studying abroad and being part of a large but close-knit group. I have since realized that our group dynamics have actually grown a lot stronger and everyone has bonded with each other in some way or another, however significant it may have been.
|Colloseum Events in Rome|
Now that the program is halfway complete, I no longer have a list of things I miss about home in California, but instead a list of things I will miss about home in Madrid. I like to believe that I have wrapped myself in the Spanish way of life—giving directions in the street, putting in earphones during a metro ride, and eating a long Spanish meal at a restaurant.
Missed Jenny's first two blogs? Click on the titles below to catch up!
Getting to know Madrid
Becoming a local in Madrid
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