Mad about Madrid!

Greetings from this crazy, lovely and lively city!

Time flies and it’s crazy to think that I’ve been here in Spain now exactly three months! I have experienced so much and met many new people from different parts of the world. My goal was to get to know Spanish way to live, learn languages, meet as many new people as possible, spend all my money for travelling and of course get some credits and learn new things here in University. I have achieved some of my goals very well but for some I have much work to do still. You can guess which ones I still have to work…

toledo2
Toledo trip
El Escorial
El Escorial

My University here is called Rey Juan Carlos. School is pretty small and i study Business Administration there. Many people live in that thought that when you’re Erasmus student you don’t have to study at all. In my opinion they are wrong. Okay of course it depends what you’re studying and how many courses you have but for me this Spanish system came a little bit as a surprise.

One reason why I think that some courses are difficult for me is that in Finland I study entrepreneurship in Proacademy what means that we don’t have exams or lectures at all. Here in Spain professors got very high authority and in my opinion they are strict which is of course a good thing for learning. In exams you have little time to do many exercises and it’s important to know long lists and stuff like that to pass the exams. Also multiple exams are very popular here.

Second reason which is my own fault is that I chose wrong courses for me and now I’m in trouble to pass those courses. I chose production management which is an interesting course but it’s engineering stuff so I don’t have base for that. So I really recommend to read well course descriptions and maybe go to some classes at first and then decide are the courses right for you. Of course in some schools aren’t so much courses to choose.

Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos

I live in center in La Latina and I live in Erasmus Flat with eight other people. I took my room randomly without seeing it two days before my arriving and the most important thing for me was the location. I’m happy with my choice because of amazing roommates and all of us are from different countries. There are many downsides in this apartment for example water accident, broken bed, washing machine, you name it. Everything is always getting fixed but in Spanish way so we have to be patient here. Now i can appreciate my apartment in Finland 😀

People are usually nice here and one thing what surprised me was that local people here really don’t speak that much English. Good for me so I can practice my Spanish skills. It’s also has been sometimes hard to speak people all the time and ask how they are doing and do the small talk all the time because it’s not that common in Finland. I’ve learned many things about myself, in Finland I think that i’m extrovert person but here I really feel like introvert.

Plaza Mayor, Madrid
Plaza Mayor, Madrid

Some of my friends also warned me before I came here that it’s frustrating sometimes that nobody understands me really because I can’t speak my own language with anyone. Well that’s true that sometimes it’s annoying because I can’t express me in the way I want to but I don’t lie when I say that I have met almost 30 Finnish people here in Spain and many of those are Erasmus students. So I’ve had opportunities to speak Finnish everyday and too much.

And here in the end pictures of my trips here. I’ve been here in Spain in Todelo, Granada, Cadiz, Fuengirola, Malaga, Valencia and El Escorial just to mention few. Then I’ve been in Portugal and Morocco, which was very interesting experience.

Cadiz
Cadiz
Valencia
Valencia
Portugal
Portugal
Morocco
Morocco
Morocco
Morocco

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