Where to Buy a Gift in Madrid

So after years of doubting, months of planning, weeks of anxiousness, and hours of travel, you’ve finally made it to Madrid. You’re enjoying seeing the city and taking advantage of everything that it has to offer. You’re having new experiences and meeting new people, but sooner or later you know it’s going to happen: the day will come when you have to buy a gift for someone. So what do you get? Where do you buy it? Of course back home you would...

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Being Self-Employed in Spain

In America many people dream of being their own boss one day, right? Nothing could be better than being able to work for yourself, do something you enjoy, decide your own hours, and know that your livelihood doesn’t depend on anyone else but number one.  In the end you can make more money, as well — or at least what you make doesn’t have to go through several hands before you actually get a hold of it. So being self-employed is an all around...

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5 Spanish expressions for going out in Madrid

On your way to Madrid soon? If so, one of the first things you’ll notice that is different from the United States is the amount of time people don’t spend in their homes. Whether they are socializing or merely getting from A to B, Spaniards live much of their lives in the street. The result of this is a dynamic, café society by day, and after dark, vibrant, exciting nightlife. Once in town, you’re undoubtedly looking forward to enjoying this...

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Feeling Homesick

Let’s face it — after spending any length of time overseas, sooner or later you’re bound to feel a bit homesick. Chances are this won’t happen at first, as your first days, weeks, and even months in Spain will be a sort of ‘honeymoon period’, full of new experiences and emotions. As time wears on, though, eventually you’ll face a moment when you miss your life from back home — things like friends, family, pets, your car, your neighborhood, your...

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Renting an apartment in Madrid

Thinking of coming to Madrid to study Spanish? If so, you’re most certainly filled with thoughts about your upcoming experience: learning a new language, experiencing a different culture, meeting new people, seeing the world, and so forth. While you’re daydreaming about life in Madrid, however, your friends and family are thinking about the practical side of things; they’ll be wondering what you’re going to eat, how you’re going to support...

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What Do Americans Need to Work in Madrid?

Have you been considering coming to Madrid to study Spanish and to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience? If that’s the case, you may just have thought to yourself, “What happens if I really like the city and want to stay?” This is certainly a valid question, as some Americans do decide to make Madrid their home and stay for many years, if not forever. On the other hand, perhaps studying abroad for several months or a year is out of the question...

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What Are You Doing Here in Spain?

When you’re here in Madrid, once you tell people you’re American, the first question they will ask you is why you’ve come. Locals will typically find it interesting — or at least peculiar — that you’ve left everything behind in order to change not only countries, but continents, just because you wanted to. Although emigrating has been a big part of Spanish culture in recent history, the concept of willfully going to live in another country is...

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Study Spanish in Salamanca

Thinking of coming to Spain to study Spanish? If so, an excellent option is to head to Salamanca. Located approximately 2 hours from Madrid in northwest Spain, Salamanca is known for being one of the best places to study Spanish in the country. In fact, over 25.000 foreign students venture there every year just for this reason. Why is this? Well, the reasons are many!   Salamanca’s History The beginning of what would become the city of...

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Getting Around Madrid

Sick and tired of wasting time and money driving everywhere? Excepting some big cities, namely New York, American life typically consists of spending an exorbitant amount of time behind the wheel — something which many folks grow tired of very quickly. If that’s the case, than Madrid is definitely the place for you! Boasting one of the best public transportation systems in Europe, and perhaps even the world, Spain’s capital is extremely easy to...

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Being Foreign in Spain: Advantages and Disadvantages

First time living abroad? If so, you may be wondering what it’s like to be a foreign national residing in a country that is not your own… Or perhaps you’re a ‘citizen of the world’ and have traveled around the globe and called many places ‘home’ over the years. Whatever the case may be, what you’ve experienced in other countries may or may not be similar to Spain (…don’t forget that...

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