Isaac Lavine

May 9, 2012

Reflections on Madrid

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The semester is almost over here in Madrid. The last exams are on Wednesday, but my last one was on Friday, and I’m flying out tomorrow. The finals went pretty well for me, and I’ve had a great last two weeks here in Madrid. Now that it’s time to leave, I can look back and […]

April 28, 2012

Flamenco Dancing and Bull Fighting

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Since returning from my spring break trip to Italy, things have been relatively quiet here in Madrid. The semester is winding down a little bit, and people are mostly looking to enjoy their last few weeks in Spain. The finals period begins next Wednesday, so this is our last non-finals weekend here! A few things […]

April 11, 2012

Italian Impressions: Napoli (Naples)

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Naples is a completely different city than either Rome or Venice. In fact, in many ways it’s the opposite of Venice. Where Venice was often expensive, fake and touristy, Naples is cheap, busy, and often dirty. Personally, I really liked it! The streets were narrow and full of honking cars. It’s true that at night, […]

April 10, 2012

Italian Impressions: Roma (Rome)

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My first day in Rome was spent in something of a sleepy haze, following a short overnight train from Venice. That was really unfortunate, because the next two and a half days in Rome were packed full! After three and a half days there, I felt that I had covered enough of the sights to […]

April 9, 2012

Italian Impressions: Venezia (Venice)

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The past week was spring break here in Europe, and I spent the past week traveling Italy – Venice, Rome and Naples! I’ll give a quick description of each city, over the next 3 days. Here’s the first, hope you like it! Arriving in Venice from the train station and hauling our luggage through town, […]

March 23, 2012

Camping Beach Trip and Atlético Madrid

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This past weekend I took a beautiful beach trip to Nerja in southern Spain. Just because the coast of Spain is extremely touristy doesn’t mean it’s impossible to find emptier beaches and smaller towns. The one thing you can’t escape there is British people. Most of the people that we met were British or from […]

March 7, 2012

Bits and Pieces of Spanish Culture

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Since coming back from Morocco things have quieted down here in Madrid. We’ve finished off the last of our midterms and we’re slowly getting new assignments, but haven’t really begun another hard stretch yet. Many Lafayetters took the opportunity to go traveling last weekend to Germany, Portugal, or France. I stayed in town, and had […]

February 29, 2012

Cultural Mixing in Morocco!

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This weekend everyone in Spain from Lafayette went on a Morocco Exchange trip. It was by far the best experience we’ve had so far! Morocco Exchange is an awesome part of studying abroad in Spain – they’re an organization that takes students to Morocco for an incredible 4 days, and shows them all about Moroccan […]

February 13, 2012

The Value of College – and Studying Abroad

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Today’s blog post is aimed at prospective students: Discussing why to go to college. The main answer—I believe—is that the knowledge and skills gained in college will help you find and succeed in your career. There are many other great benefits to college: awesome extracurricular activities, the time to try new things, and the chance […]

February 3, 2012

¿Qué tal, Lafayette?

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Hello from Spain! My name is Isaac Lavine – I’m a sophomore chemical engineering major from Amherst, Massachusetts. This semester, I’ve gone with almost half of the sophomore engineering world to Madrid, España, to study at Saint Louis University in Madrid. The other half of the sophomore engineers recently arrived in Bremen, and may freeze […]