I traveled around Spain to more places than I can count, and I am incredibly thankful and blessed for all of the life skills it taught me that will come in handy for the rest of my life. The most beneficial skill I acquired is becoming somewhat of a professional at navigating public transportation. I went from not knowing how to read a map, to being able to figure out my way around Western Europe. Here is a photo essay of some of the places I was able to travel to without driving a car!
Our first trip outside of Madrid by ourselves! We took a bus to San Sebastian, Spain.
Madrid’s largest train station: Atocha. You can get almost anywhere you want in Spain by using this station as your starting point.
Las Margaritas Renfe Cercanías train station. This was right beside the University of Carlos III where I attended my fall semester of 2014 and lived with Tania Acosta.
Sapna Sundar and I taking a train downtown Madrid to go out to Kapital!
Hiking and watching the sunset at La Pedriza of Manzanares with a fellow UK student, Will Courtenay.
Taking a boat ride around Valencia with my mother on Christmas.
A famous ‘must-do’ attraction in Lisbon, Portugal is their little trolley transportation system.
El Retiro, one of the largest parks in Madrid, was a 20 minute train ride from Getafe and is somewhere I wish I spent more time. You could boat, skate, walk, eat, drink and most importantly, enjoy people’s company.
I took a ferry from Ibiza to Valencia because I couldn’t find an affordable flight and this was the view from the island.
The Metropolis Building in downtown Madrid is at the corner of Calle de Alcalá and Gran Vía and a perfect meeting point for friends.
Photos and written by Ashtin Morgan
Ashtin is an Education Abroad Peer Ambassador studying Journalism and Spanish. She is a Junior and participated in the UK Exchange Carlos III program in Madrid, Spain