Europe Trip 2015

All the day to day details of my summer 2015 Europe Trip.

With just one day to spend in Madrid, I knew I wouldn’t be able to see and do all that I wanted. I guess this just means I’ll have to return! In the meantime, I had a lovely day catching up with some of the Diverbo volunteers and even managed to squeeze in some time both at the famous Prado museum and at the Palacio Real Gardens. While many advised me to skip Madrid entirely, I definitely found it to be worth visiting. There’s a certain energy here that keeps you going into the wee hours of the night – or maybe it’s just the chocolate with churros!

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In exchange for a week’s worth of accommodation and food, I volunteered as an English speaker at Diverbo (Pueblo Ingles). The program is located in La Alberca, a small town an hour outside of Salamanca. It’s an action-packed 8 days of almost non-stop talking, but you’re guaranteed to have fun, meet interesting people, and make a ton of friends. It’s truly an unforgettable experience, and I would definitely do it again. Read more about my experience with the program and how to apply in this post.

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My time in Madrid was limited to just one full day before I went off to volunteer. I spent an action-packed day in the city, starting with a historical walking tour in the morning, an inspiring flamenco lunch show, and a lazy afternoon in Parque del Retiro. Not only did I meet some Pueblo Ingles volunteers, but I ended my evening with them as well; celebrating the festival of La Paloma into the wee hours of the night with locals in Cebada. Despite only spending 24 hours in this city, I fell in love and definitely want to return. Click and read the details on my day out in Madrid!

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Since I knew my time in Madrid was limited, I was intent on making the most of my meal times there. What better way to sample all the top foods than by going on a food tour? Madrid Food Tours took me on a mouthwatering gastronomical journey through the streets of Madrid, where I sampled authentic local eats and got a “taste” of Madrid’s fascinating history. It was truly an unforgettable experience, and if you’re looking to gain a deeper understanding of Madrid’s food culture, then this is the tour for you.

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While London was my first stop on my quarter life crisis trip, the visit was really more of an extended layover than anything. Since I’ve spent nearly a month in the city before, I was eager to see the local side of London – away from the hustle and bustle of the typical tourist spots. My friend Nancy made sure that my itinerary was filled with art, pop-ups, and other hip places that I’m sure I would never have discovered on my own. Click and read more about my time in “alternative” London!

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