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Olivia Russell

  • My top Spanish festivals

    Sunday, 08 July 2012
    A great thing to do on your year abroad is to travel around the country that you’re in, and more often than not you will have a friend/someone from your university who you can visit or travel with. Spain’s days off and puentes (equivalent to the British bank holiday) are normally thanks to a religious festival. Each region, town and village has a patron saint, and they all celebrate in different ways.
  • We talk a lot on the site about taking advantage of the opportunity to travel, make friends, absorb the culture and have amazing new experiences, but this should not be at the expense of your career plans - yes, getting a weekend job will mean you can't have crazy Friday and Saturday nights, but if it's work experience in your dream industry or helps you afford a course to learn a new skill, then you need to get your priorities straight.

    Olivia Russell is studying Spanish and History at Sheffield University and is on her year abroad in Madrid, and has some great advice about making the most of your year abroad with your career and final year in mind.
  • Budgeting for a year abroad on a shoe-string is standard practice, but these tips are by no means money-saving survival tactics for those trying to live on the cheap: they are original ideas to help you spice up and make the most of your time in Madrid. They just so happen to save you some céntimos too. Enjoy!

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