I'm finally in Logroño! After 6 months of Googling information about where I'm living, I have made it at last! But, not before going through orientation in Madrid this past week. It was about 3 days long and full of many introductions, people and information, but beneficial nonetheless. There are 126 US grantees this year (the largest amount thus far) and we come from all different backgrounds, states and majors across the country. I can't recount every minute of every session, however there was a variety of information covered from banking to piso hunting to creating lesson plans for our age groups. Myself and the other 20 teaching assistants are the first cohort to be in La Rioja, which is much smaller than the Comunidad de Madrid, so we adapted the information to apply to our region. By the last day, we were all ready to be in out in our towns and learn about them firsthand!
After fun socials with tasty food and drinks courtesy of the Fulbright Spain Alumni and the Orientation Garden Party, it was time to say hasta luego to Madrid! I really enjoyed myself and my week and a half in Madrid because it was cool to meet so many people who are motivated and determined to make the most of our Fulbright Year, no matter the region. I'd like to think at one point each one of us got more excited and inspired to do better, despite any concerns we had prior to orientation. This is such a fantastic opportunity that many people do not have the chance of experiencing, so I refuse to waste it!
I'd rather splurge on a good meal than a nice hotel, wine than water and plane tickets than club covers. Traveling and eating are my two favorite things, so follow my journey to see where I go and eat next! I'm just living my best life.