Saturday, September 5, 2009

Welcome! (¡Bienvenidos!)

Link to the Photobucket Page where I keep all of my photos of my time in Spain:

Click here!

For a nicer looking way to browse my photos (but does not include videos) click here instead.

My name is Guillermo Gomez and this is my blog for my study abroad in Spain. During my time abroad I kept this blog to show Carnegie Mellon the richness, beauty, and majesty of Spain through the stories on this blog and the photos I took during my time abroad.

I also brought this with me to Spain, as my way of giving back to Pittsburgh.

I was able to have this opportunity of a lifetime thanks to the Carnegie Mellon in Spain program with Estudio Sampere in Madrid. Through this program I was able to spend my summer in Spain: four weeks in the capital Madrid, and two weeks in the port city of Alicante, along with day long excursions to other cities.

Friends in Madrid

During my time in Spain I took in everything that the cities offered. I explored the beautiful Parque del Buen Retiro in Madrid, walked across the sandy beaches in Alicante, saw the view from Castle Alcazar in Segovia, marveled at the grandeur of the Cathedral in Toledo, and much much more! As my Spanish improved, my body tanned, and my sleep schedule warped I noticed how the country really starts to shape me not just physically but internally. I became more of an extrovert, I had a new thirst to explore, and I began to use Spanish slang more (I still can't stop using "vale" in my Spanish). My summer in Spain was the best summer of my entire life, and I'm sure it'll be the same for anyone who participates in the Carnegie Mellon in Spain program.

Friends in Alicante

To navigate through this blog use the links on the top of the page to the right to browse through the blog and click on the title of the post to read it. The posts are in order from newest to oldest, with the first one starting in May. The blog posts usually have the same basic format: blocks of text and photos, with a quote at the bottom of the page. I highly recommend that you look at the photobucket pictures and videos I have included as a link (above); because if a picture says a thousand words, I have written an epic tome in that photobucket account.

Fellow CMU students with Professor Tardio

I am currently a student of the class of 2012 at Carnegie Mellon University studying Mechanical Engineering. If you have any questions regarding the Carnegie Mellon in Spain program, what locations to visit in Madrid or Alicante, the Spanish Lifestyle, or anything in general; feel free to email me at:

Consider all this; and then turn to this green, gentle, and most docile earth; consider them both, the sea and the land; and do you not find a strange analogy to something in yourself?

-From Moby Dick

A very special thanks to the Tartans Abroad Fund for helping me make the trip to Spain possible.