Everyday Life in A Coruña, Spain! (and update)

March 6, 2020. A Coruña, Spain

This semester has been very different from the first semester, because everything feels more familiar. There isn’t the constant uncertainty involved with settling in to a new city, getting to know our host families, and trying (and often failing) to learn the Coruña public bus system. While last semester felt like a very long vacation, this semester, I feel like I really live here.

But while having been here for six months has certainly helped me feel familiar with the city, it’s really the people that make Coruña “home.” It’s being regulars at our favorite restaurant, Osampaio, where the waiters give us the customary two kisses on the cheek every time we see them. It’s the fact that any time I leave my apartment, I run into someone I know– Whether it be my host cousin and host uncle, the two little girls I babysit and their parents, the trainer at the gym, or even my professor, yelling my name out of her car window and asking if I want a ride to class. It’s how I miss my host mom when I travel and how dinners with my host family always feel like the best way to end a long day.

After class, Maeve and I often go to “tomar algo” at one of our favorite places, and feel like true Spaniards while enjoying café or cañas on a restaurant patio. The culture in Coruña is so special because studying/working/being productive doesn’t come at the cost of appreciating the little things and living in the moment. There’s a much healthier balance here than what I’ve observed/experienced in the US, and it’s changed the way I think about a lot of things that I deemed most ‘important’ before coming to Spain.

This has been on my mind more than ever in the past few days. This week, we got an email from Study Abroad saying that if the Coronavirus outbreak continues to get worse here, we will be sent home to the US. There’s no way of knowing if/when this will happen because the situation is constantly changing, so for now, I’m taking it one day at a time and making sure to enjoy & be grateful for all of the people and moments that continue to make this little city so special.

(Updates to come.)

Below are some pics from everyday life in Coruña!!!

Live music
Me, Maeve, Pablo on Superbowl Sunday (Go Kansas City Chiefs!)
Club on the beach with my host sister Nuria and her friends
Free dessert at Osampaio!


Carnaval in Osampaio
Me and Maeve at Carnaval
Me and Maeve <3
Maeve found my doppelgänger in Coruña 🙁
University choir
Dancing with Elena and Lucía
Playing a game with Paco and Lola
Arts and crafts with Elena and Lucía
Making Valentines with Blanca
Making Valentines with Inés
Spelling with Lucía

Viajes, viajes, viajes! (Porto, Sevilla, and London)


I haven’t written a blog post in a while- I have been traveling the past few weekends, and am finally sitting down to reflect on them!

In the middle of February, I met up with my parents and two of my brothers in Porto, Portugal for the weekend. Then, Maeve and I flew to Sevilla, where Maeve ran the marathon. This past weekend, I went to London, England with three of my friends from Holy Cross, Caroline, Jimmy, and Sean.

Here are a few pictures from each trip.

Porto, Portugal

Before saying bye
Drinking port wine
My mom and me
Douro River
Porto at night
Porto at night
Porto at night
Abandoned houses
The river at dusk
View from the river cruise

Craft fair

Sevilla, Spain

Hotel Eme rooftop bar
We made some new friends on the rooftop

Plaza de España!

Marathon Sunday!


Maeve throwing me her sweatshirt at 12 km!
Maeve at 35 km!
She’s so cool
Reading on the hostel rooftop


London, England

Churchill War Rooms

Chinatown in London!
We saw Come From Away on West End

We ate at a Spanish restaurant!!!
Tower Bridge

Nag’s Head Pub
Buckingham Palace
St. James Park
Beer garden

Tower of London
Caroline and I did a classic telephone booth photo shoot

The London Eye in the background!


View from the Shard

Tea time!!!!!   

Hasta luego!