Spain: Basque-ing in a New Culture

Like most people, when I thought of Spain, my mind instantly jumped to images of flamenco dancers, matadors, tapas, siestas, and the Running of the Bulls. However, after living just one week here, I know that Spain has so much more to offer. For years I had been reading blogs, travel guides, and articles about…

Bitten By The Travel Bug: Hurt So Good

I’ve contracted the disease. The symptoms are all there: spontaneously buying bus tickets to new countries, laughing at my dwindling bank account with little remorse, traveling directly after class ends on Friday and only returning to Angers in time for my Monday class. Every night I find myself obsessively searching for the cheapest route to…

Spain: Basque Rural Sports (Herri Kirolak)

Last weekend I got the chance to observe a few traditional Basque sports.  Like the Highland Games in Scotland, the competitions are designed to test the athletes’ physicality. Many of the sports originate from traditional tasks that fishermen or farmers would need to complete in order to make their living.  Here is a quick explanation of a few…

Spain: San Sebastian Film Festival

This past weekend, some of the other students and I made the hour long bus trip to San Sebastian (or “Donostia” if you prefer its Basque name) for the 62nd International Film Festival.  After everyone arrived around 9 AM, we decided to explore the city a bit before we caught a movie that afternoon. One…

UK: I should be studying

Dang. I’m so over-due on a blahg post. I honestly couldn’t even remember what my last one was about until I just checked. That one was long. Ain’t no body got time for that, so I’ll spare you this time. It’s exam week(s). Yes. Exams extend for three long miserable weeks here. I keep telling…

Spain: Traveling, Homesickness, Back to Writing

It’s been a while since I last posted, but with so much going on daily it seemed like there never was an appropriate point to sit down and begin writing. It has been just over two months since we came to Spain, and the excitement of living and studying in a foreign country has still…

Spain: First Week: Success

It has been an eventful week. The days have flown by, and each one has been as exciting as the last. Between the culture, classes, people, and the now-common feeling of being lost, I find myself exhausted but happy. I had said that I only wanted to write for the blog every two weeks, but…

Spain: This is my study abroad blog

This is where I will try to keep my sanity for the next six months while studying in Spain. To those that do not know, I will be traveling to Pamplona, Spain, to study Economics from February into July at the Universidad Pública de Navarra. In this blog, I will share my experiences, photos, expectations,…