This blog began in 2009 when I spent my third year of college studying abroad in Madrid. Through my study abroad program, WIP(T) (Wisconsin, Indiana, Purdue, Tulane), I studied at the Complutense University of Madrid that year.
It was my first time leaving the United States. The blog served as a means for my family and friends to see what I was up to during my year away.
Later that spring I received a nomination from Peace Corps to teach math in Spanish in Sub-Saharan Africa. I was thrilled. I sent in my medical tests and paperwork in June and crossed my fingers, hoping to be cleared. A few weeks later, out of nowhere, I got an email saying I had been accepted into the auxiliares program and had 5 days to accept or deny my spot.
In the end I decided to come back to Madrid and work as a North American Language and Culture Assistant, and it was a wonderful year.
Quijotes + Dulcineas, which ended up having a huge positive effect on my year. I kept busy with practices and weekend tournaments, made friends, and reestablished myself in Madrid.
I didn't renew my position for the 2012-13 academic year, but hung around that summer to do some traveling in Germany and France, and play in a few more ultimate frisbee tournaments. That fall, I surprised my family by returning unannounced back to the states.
I've been blogging my non-Madrid life at Rebe with a Clause since then. After a year in Madison followed by a year teaching English in South Korea, I returned to Spain in the fall of 2014 to walk the Camino de Santiago. Most recently I lived in southern France from 2015-16, and have been able to visit Madrid about once a year.
If you have any questions about living/studying/working in Madrid, I'm more than happy to try and answer.