Career Services’ Tufts Career Services Ambassadors blog features a travel section, written by student ambassadors who are currently studying abroad. Career Services Ambassadors are students “who serve as liaisons to Tufts Career Services by sharing resources from the office with the student body, and gathering student feedback on its behalf.”
This semester, junior Cara Paley, a history major, is writing about her experiences with the Tufts-in-Madrid program. Her latest post discusses her transition to a Spanish lifestyle.
Something that’s stuck out for me here is that, unlike us on-the-go Americans, Spaniards are just so relaxed. Lunch isn’t handed to you in a crumpled paper bag but presented on glass dining-room plates. Passerbys don’t sprint and carelessly nudge but actually wait for flashing-green walking signals, stroll, and converse. American hotspots like Starbucks don’t find a place on Alcala’s historical streets, either. Spaniards don’t want to take their caffeinated lattes to go; they’d prefer to sip slowly in quaint cafeterías, catch up with some amigos, and, if time permits, go for that pastería chocolate on the side.