EAT, PAY, LEAVE

JACKSON CARIGNAN, CONTRIBUTOR ('16)

Study abroad blogs are for social-media stalking family members and homeschooled kids. This one wants to be something different. Grateful that we have the ability and the means to sometimes study in Madrid, we want to document the scents and mysterious vending machine candy of the old world. Come find your purpose on a trip to the land that birthed rolling papers, guitars, and mayonnaise. Your favorite Method correspondents are here to give you a taste of Europe. Join these two fun loving American girls as we find ourselves in the bright lights of the Gran Via. Will it be fun? Yes Will there be good photos? Maybe, idk. Our short experience here has thus far yielded a few dank nugs of information about this great country. To better prepare the ponytailed backpacker in all of us, enjoy this list of dos and don’ts (inside and out of the club).

DON'T:  Wear a belt. I get it. Airflow is awesome. However, unless you’re a plumber or you just like scaring kids, chances are you wear a belt a lot.

DON'T: 

Wear a belt. I get it. Airflow is awesome. However, unless you’re a plumber or you just like scaring kids, chances are you wear a belt a lot.

DO:  Eat a sandwich from the vending machine after a long night of not wearing a belt.

DO: 
Eat a sandwich from the vending machine after a long night of not wearing a belt.

DO:  Learn some new dances, really try and experience the local scene. This was a good night ;)

DO: 

Learn some new dances, really try and experience the local scene. This was a good night ;)

DON't: Go too hard in the Tinder world. Tinder is funny. Also after the siesta they have a designated Tinder time from 4-4:45.

DON't:

Go too hard in the Tinder world. Tinder is funny. Also after the siesta they have a designated Tinder time from 4-4:45.

DO: Meeting people in new cities can be hard sometimes. An afternoon in Retiro park may be just the place for that chance encounter.

DO:

Meeting people in new cities can be hard sometimes. An afternoon in Retiro park may be just the place for that chance encounter.

DON'T: Book the wrong flight and then have to pay 500 Euros to sit in the middle seat of the back row. Not bitter though.

DON'T:

Book the wrong flight and then have to pay 500 Euros to sit in the middle seat of the back row. Not bitter though.

DO: Stay safe. It’s a cruel world out there. Make sure you keep all of your possessions velcroed to you at all times.

DO:

Stay safe. It’s a cruel world out there. Make sure you keep all of your possessions velcroed to you at all times.

DO: Sometimes you just want to be home, but no matter where you are, it always helps to make the most out of your homestay situation.

DO:

Sometimes you just want to be home, but no matter where you are, it always helps to make the most out of your homestay situation.

DON'T: The PDA game is strong here and its pretty fun. We recommend the alleyways near the Plaza Dos del Mayo.

DON'T:

The PDA game is strong here and its pretty fun. We recommend the alleyways near the Plaza Dos del Mayo.

DO: Souvenirs can be a great thing to bring back to friends and relatives. Tell someone how you feel with a great handpicked gift.

DO:

Souvenirs can be a great thing to bring back to friends and relatives. Tell someone how you feel with a great handpicked gift.

DON'T/DOOOOO: Having a drinking age of 18 means that society here is better adjusted to the adult world. If you want to walk thru the Mcdonalds Drive-In at 6 AM and order a beer, it’s cool. Passing out in pool chairs is fun too.

DON'T/DOOOOO:

Having a drinking age of 18 means that society here is better adjusted to the adult world. If you want to walk thru the Mcdonalds Drive-In at 6 AM and order a beer, it’s cool. Passing out in pool chairs is fun too.

Thanks for reading. Stay tuned for more.

Thanks for reading. Stay tuned for more.

Thanks to everyone who contributed. You know who you are.

P.S. Euro music is surprisingly big in Europe. A saxophone solo that repeats three times and a hottie-filled video makes this a classic recipe for a number one hit. With over 68 million views on Youtube and a top 3 hit in 16 countries across the continent, it’s a wonder this never charted stateside. The future is here.