<p>Hi! My name is Roya Moussapour and I'm a physics major and teaching minor at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME. I'm super psyched to be studying engineering for the first time in Madrid. I've made it to 23 countries while traveling with my family and hope to make it to at least a few more this spring. I'm enrolled in my first Spanish class this semester since junior year of high school, so get excited to hear about my attempt at language immersion! When I'm not working on physics homework up at Bowdoin, I'm usually either in a cappella or orchestra rehearsal, so expect to hear a good bit about my experiences finding music overseas. ¡Mucho gusto!</p>
Blogs by Roya Moussapour
After arriving home almost two weeks ago, I've had some time to reflect on my semester abroad.
The Final Days
All study abroad experiences must come to an end at some point. I head out this Wednesday!
While I attend school pretty far up in Maine, I took a visit all the way to Oslo at a latitude of 59.9139° N, the farthest north I´ve ever been.
Ireland is GREEN
A family friend of mine flew into Dublin to spend the weekend with me visiting all of the Dublin city sights as well as the Wicklow Mountains.
Two full weekends in Madrid
I've spent the last two weekends in Madrid relaxing and enjoying the weather before two more weeks of travel!
Pierogi in Krakow
I spent the weekend with my family in Krakow, Poland and explored my options for pierogi and sushi around the city.
Semana Santa: Budapest, Prague, and Copenhagen (Copenh-again?)
Pain Au Chocolat
I spent the weekend before Semana Santa eating lots of chocolate croissants in Lyon.
Convivencia in Toledo
I took a day trip to Toledo with IES Abroad to explore the mixing of three major religions in a historical and medieval city.
Granada: the land of tagine and Moroccan mint tea
I spent last weekend in Granada exploring the rich Moorish heritage of the city.
One weekend, two countries
I spent last weekend in Copenhagen and spent a few hours of my trip across the Øresund straight in Malmö, Sweden.
A teleférico adventure and my unofficial first full week of classes
I rode the teleférico to Casa de Campo, had my first full week of classes, and found a way to make chocolate cake in a mug!
The start of classes and...a stomach virus
I started my classes this week and couldn't make it to half of them because of an unfortunate stomach virus.
Extremadura: Cáceres and Mérida
Along with my fellow engineers, I went to Cáceres and Mérida to see some of the great remains of Roman and Arab architecture.
Orientation, Exploration, and a Discoteca
After my first week in Madrid, I'm starting to settle in and explore the city. I've been adapting to a new meal schedule and lots of walking while also working...
Goodbye jetlag, hello Madrid!
My trip to Madrid started with a turbulence-filled airplane ride from London and ended with my first trip to 100 Montaditos!
¡Hasta pronto, Madrid!
I'm leaving in a little over a week for my semester! I've been packing furiously while researching and planning things I want to do in Madrid in the first month...