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  • Vienna

    Wednesday, 12 May 2010
    City of Culture
    By far the largest city in the country (1.7 million live, breathe and sleep in the Habsburg birthplace), Vienna ticks all the boxes in terms of imperial nostalgia, turn-of-last century culture, and all things majestic. Impressive baroque buildings dispute themselves across the city, and on every corner, every turn, a passer-by can only be in awe of the many architectural delights scattered throughout.

  • Seville

    Wednesday, 12 May 2010
    City of Nightlife
    Anyone seeking the true essence of Andalucía should look no further than the dazzling city of Seville. This chic city was home of not only the gateway to the New World but was also the setting of the passionate opera Carmen and birthplace of the romantic fictional rogue, Don Juan. Seville, home to bullfighting (Olé!) and frisky flamenco, is a beautiful whitewashed town, holding many a jewel to its Andalucian crown.
  • Salamanca

    Wednesday, 12 May 2010
    City of Students
    To the west of Spain about 200km from Madrid, is the charming renaissance town of Salamanca. Otherwise known as La Ciudad Dorada, a name garnered thanks to the distinctive illuminating glow that emits from its sandstone buildings.
  • Salzburg

    Wednesday, 12 May 2010
    City of Musical Glitterati
    Nestling on the border of Germany, to the West of the country, Salzburg offers more than just the backdrop for The Sound of Music. Birthplace to none other than the king of (classical) pop, Mozart, the city is beaming with baroque buildings, exterior wooden beams, and traditional shops (think chocolates, mini liqueurs and a lot of cute decorum). You'll be taken by the urge to sip on a thick hot chocolate, after a little escapade in the surrounding mountains. For the historians out there amongst you, take a tour around the impressive Hohensalzburg medieval castle, a grand fortress that highlights just one of Austria's many UNESCO world heritage sites.
  • Not a linguist?

    Wednesday, 12 May 2010
    Thinking about spending some time away, even though you're not studying a language degree? You don't have to be halfway through your language course to step foot into foreign universities, work abroad or volunteer for a few months. Thousands of students set off each year to become more culturally aware, learn the lingo or just to try something different. Have a look at our Been There Done That section, foreign blogs, planning and preparation info and much more...Who said it was just for linguists anyway?
  • Granada

    Wednesday, 12 May 2010
    City of Clashing Cultures
    The last Moorish enclave in Spain, until their official ousting in 1492, Granada owes a lot of its architecture to these dwellers. Lively markets recall past practices, and you'll be hard pushed to find a town more giving in its architectural delights and etchings of its culturally rich past. Local legends tell of the retreating King Boabdil, who was said to have let out a wistful sigh as he looked back on the majestic city of Granada — and you can easily see why. Be it the Moorish palace, the impressive cathedral, the Arab, Jewish and Gypsy quarters, this town has more personality than Gabriel García Marquez in an Almodóvar film.
  • Valencia

    Wednesday, 12 May 2010

    City of Festivals and Celebrations
    Imagine for a moment whizzing scooters down orange tree-lined streets, the sound of chatter, laughs and singing from bars and cafes, the beating sun shining off the sparkling clear waters of the Mediterranean and the relaxing sensation as the pads of your feet sink into soft white sand... does it sound too good to be true? Well think again; this is Valencia.

  • Madrid

    Wednesday, 12 May 2010
    City of Modern Living
    Slap bang at the heart of the Iberian Peninsula is the very vibrant and bustling city, Madrid. Since 1563, this mesmerising metropolis has been Spain's capital and quite rightly so, being the epicentre for parties, panache and progressive political movements (the 80s la movida punk movement gave birth to artists such as Almodóvar, amongst many others).
  • Barcelona

    Wednesday, 12 May 2010
    City of Artists
    To the north of the Spanish coastline, we find the bright and breezy Barcelona. Don't forget your Catalan dictionary however, as this coastal city is officially bilingual — Catalan sounding similar to a mixture of French and Spanish, and being spoken by all the locals. This makes for a forever progressive and innovative place to be, as it is a city that aches with character and boasts an undeniably rich history.
  • UK

    Wednesday, 12 May 2010

    Where to start? With such a small country packed with so many eccentricities? Tea, biscuits, pickle, the Queen, castles, Mr Bean, glorious countryside, Mini Coopers, cider, traditional pubs, old townhouses, Carnaby Street... this island flung on the northern side of Europe has a lot to answer for in terms of popular culture, habits and customs.

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