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Tufts in Spain Gets Comfortable

While Jumbos on the hill are a month into their classes and beginning to feel the semester pick up, Tufts in Spain students are just getting acquainted with Madrid and Alcala, the two cities where the program resides. The getting-acquainted process was aided by the introduction of the program’s newest event, the “Finde de Intercambios” or “Exchange Weekend.”

The weekend kicked off with a fiesta de intercambios, a casual party in which students met their intercambios, Spanish students at the University of Alcala and Autonomous University of Madrid who were assigned to Tufts students as pen pals so they could foster relationships and practice their language skills before heading to Spain. The weekend continued with guided tours of both Madrid and Alcala.

For an insider look at their Exchange Weekend, check out these pictures and videos from the fiesta de intercambios in Madrid:

 For updates on how the group is doing adapting to Spanish culture, keep an eye on the program’s blog – but be warned, most entries are written in Spanish!

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Jumbos Abroad: Madrid Edition

Like many Tufts students who have chosen to go abroad for a semester, former Web Communications social media intern Veronica Richter, A11, used her blog to document her experiences in Spain. After two months of testing the local culture, Richter has compiled a list of helpful suggestions and advice for students who are considering spending a semester in a foreign country, especially the program in Madrid. From romantic expectations to culinary ones, Richter’s impressions are sure to be useful for those who are already imagining what their experience will be like.

Her first piece of advice?

HAVE NO EXPECTATIONS. At all. I expected to not have to deal with culture shock–I was wrong. I expected I would be hanging out with Spanish people 24/7–was wrong about that too.

To read more, visit her blog.

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Journalist Jumbos Abroad

A life-changing part of the college experience for the average Jumbo is the semester or year abroad. With the many opportunities offered by Tufts Programs Abroad, students dive head first into new languages, cultures and adventures. This semester while studying in Chile, Nina Arazoza, A13, took a stab at journalism by writing for the Santiago Times, the first English-language online newspaper in Chile and premiere English-language online periodical in the country. Her writing covers everything from new legislation to art and culture fairs:

This weekend marks the final days of the 38th Annual International Showcase of Traditional Crafts in Chile’s capital. For the past two weeks, over 130 artisan workers have set up camp in the Parque Bicentenario in Santiago’s upscale borough of Vitacura […] The showcase offers a variety of artisanal crafts and religious goods including textiles, woodwork, ceramics, copper, silver and gold jewelry, baskets of all kinds and more from across Chile and over 15 nations. Kenya, India, Mexico, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Haiti and Guatemala are among the countries represented at the fair.

Last semester, Dana Burton, Amira Mattison, and Chelsea Trunk, all A12, also sunk their teeth into journalism… in Spain. They created a video recording their favorite places to eat in Madrid. You’ve been warned: watching may induce extreme hunger and jealousy! If Spanish isn’t one of the languages in your repertoire, just note that in Horno de Pastelleria America, they make truffles that are the size of your fist!

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