Studying Abroad experience in Madrid by Venga, vale, vamos!
Are you thinking about the possibility of studying abroad? If Madrid is your next destination and you would like to discover some tips for living abroad, don’t miss our interview to Kirstie from the blog Venga, vale, vamos !
1. When and why did you decide to start writing Venga, vale, vamos?
I began writing my blog in 2008 when I first planned to study abroad in Madrid. I wanted an outlet to share my stories with friends and family back home and to keep a record of everything I did there. Since then, it’s grown into something much bigger, and I’ve loved every moment of it!
2. Why did you choose Madrid as a destination for your studies? What did you like the most and the least about the city?
I knew I had to go to Spain for my year of studying abroad, because I had fallen head over heels in love with the country when I spent a month studying there at the age of 17. My university offered programs in Madrid, Granada, and Barcelona. I ruled out Barcelona so I could practice castellano (Spanish), and I thought because Madrid was bigger than Granada, it would keep me entertained for an entire year and make a great base from which to explore the rest of Europe.
3. What type of accommodation did you choose while studying in Madrid? How was your experience?
My study abroad program put us in a colegio mayor during the first month’s orientation, but, after that, we were left to find our own apartments. I found a room in a shared apartment in Plaza de España. I know a lot of students choose to live with host families, but I loved the independence I had in my own place, and having an Ecuadorian and a Venezuelan roommate meant I got to practice Spanish while learning about Spain and their respective countries.
4. What are the biggest challenges you have faced when living abroad?
No matter how comfortable you get with the country, you always feel a little bit like an outsider. That’s okay most of the time, but when you’re down about something else, it can be especially lonely. Basically, the highs are higher and the lows are lower when you’re living abroad. I wouldn’t trade that for anything, though!
5. What advice will you give someone who is planning to live abroad?
As glamorous as living abroad sounds, it becomes your normal life and isn’t always perfect. So don’t worry if not every moment is mindblowingly amazing – you’ll grow more than you ever thought imaginable, and you’ll look back on it with the utmost fondness. Most of all, have fun! Living abroad is the greatest thing you can do.
We hope you enjoyed the interview! Are there any other tips for living abroad that you would like to share with other readers? It’s such an exciting experience, isn’t it?
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