Monday 29th and Tuesday June 30th

After the students all spent an exciting weekend with their host families, we started off our Monday morning with a visit to the Hundertwasserhaus, a colourful apartment complex in the heart of Vienna. We then visited the KunstHaus, in which paintings by Friedensreich Hundertwasser are displayed. After lunch, we spent several hours at the Prater, an amusement park in the center of Vienna. The students went on rollercoasters, played arcade games and finally rode the famous Riesenrad (Ferris Wheel), which has become an important landmark in Vienna, and featured in the famous old movie, “The Third Man”.
Today, we spent our day at Schoenbrunn, the Habsburg summer residence. We started off by taking a tour of the palace, before exploring the beautiful palace gardens. Then, students explored the oldest zoo in the world, which is located within the palace grounds.

Salamanca Monday Day 2


Today we started our Spanish classes at Mester! After our first set of classes we had our daily meeting to discuss some logistics and the schedule for the day! From here we went straight to lunch in our dorms where Carmen (la cocinera) made a delicious Tortilla Espanola and some pasta. We also did a quick room switch.

Salamanca Lanuage PartnersWe escaped the heat with our siestas and met up again for dinner before heading out to the plaza to meet up with the language partners. Here the students were split up into three different groups to have a two hour walk and chat with these University students that live in Salamanca. You can already see their Spanish improving immensely!

We finished off the night with an attempt to pick up Ayars – success!


Now off to bed in preparation for our classes again tomorrow!

Sarah y Patricia

Salamanca Sunday Day 1

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Today we said our goodbye’s to Madrid by taking this “de Madrid al Cielo” picture.

Then we headed to Salamanca by bus. Once we got all checked into our colorful dorms, we had some time to settle in before having a home-made rice dish with the delicious Spanish sauce called ‘Pisto’!

SalamancaTerraceAfter dinner we took a leisurely stroll through the Plaza of Salamanca to point out places of interest (aka ice cream)! We continued on our walk to see some of the preliminary sights like the New Cathedral and San Esteban church and monastery.


We tried to hold off on showing too many landmarks as we have some upcoming tours of the city! Finally, we all got tucked into our new rooms for a good night’s rest before our first day of classes tomorrow!




Madrid Day 2


Today we started off with our buffet breakfast in the hotel and then headed straight for the museums. We started at the Prado and Patricia gave us some valuable information about the major works of Velazquez, Goya, and Sorolla.

After a quick rest we headed to see the surrealistic paintings at the Reina Sofia. Here we explored the abstract work of Dalí, Picasso, and even Van Gogh!

We zipped back on the metro where we were able to grab some lunch, rest, and do some shopping!

Dinner at delightful followed by a walk along Calle Huertas to la Plaza Santa Ana! We grabbed some fun pics before diving into Chocolate con Churros!

We are looking forward to a full day tomorrow!

Hasta luego! Sarah y Patricia



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Madrid Day 1

We made it!
We had an incredibly smooth morning landing in Madrid. All of our flights landed before schedule and there were no lines through customs, so we started off on the right foot!
We got to our hotel so early that we had to wait for our rooms, which gave us time to grab a snack at the San Antón Market!

After a short siesta break we met up and Patricia took us on an insightful tour of Madrid.

We went to Puerta de Sol to take a picture with kilometro 0, followed by the San Miguel Market. After a Spanish dinner we topped the night off by catching the 10:30pm sunset on a rooftop plaza!

We are all off to bed now after what has been a very long day of travel and exploring this fantastic city!

Hasta mañana!

Sarah y Patricia!