• Brandon Torres

    Brandon Torres

    Class of 2014
    Howard Lake, MN
    Psychology (OT intended)

    Brandon's Bio:
    My major is on the left, but it’s taken me six major changes, two minor changes and three graduate-track changes to get there. I’m from a small farming town west of the Twin Cities and came to Duluth for the city and stayed for the school. I work at the Burns Wellness Center at the front desk and have pretty much the best job in the world. I like to take any opportunity thrown at me, and since coming here I’ve been thrown plenty. Life’s an adventure, and so is CSS!

  • Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

  • Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

  • Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

  • Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

  • Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

¡Soy en Madrid!


Wow. This city is incredible. Yesterday I got up early all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed to explore the city of Madrid. I decided to take advantage of a free walking tour through the city where I learned all sorts of cool stuff and got to see the city in all it’s majesty. Included were sights of the world’s oldest restaurant and the site of Spain’s second-biggest terrorist attack in history as well as the royal palace, which is the largest palace in western Europe. (Yes, it’s even bigger than Buckingham Palace) Our tour guide explained how in Madrid on New Years Eve everyone meets at the exact center of not only the city, but at the epicenter of all of Spain known as La Plaza del Sol. The plaza itself radiates from that single point and every street, road and avenue finds it’s beginning at this place. Additionally, a bell in the city hall rings 12 times before the stroke of midnight. In these final 12 seconds you’re meant to eat 12 grapes, and if you can you will have good luck for the next year. Our tour guide thankfully was also apt to answer my question when I asked about the riots in Spain. He told me there’s just a general unrest in all of Spain, and that he in fact has been part of the protests. Wicked.
After our tour some friends I met on the tour and I went off to one of the locals’ favorite tapas bars, El Tigre, located in the Chueca district and only a short way away from my hostel. Their tapas were in fact MEALS and it only cost a mere 5€ for una caña y tapas. A steal! Oh, I should probably explain tapas shouldn’t I? Well abbreviated story is that back in the day there was a wise king who decreed that all alcohol must be served with food. And so we get the tapa. They love that king. After sufficient plumping, we made out way to Museo de Prado, which happened to ne free, we saw all sorts of work from Rafael to Goya, and countless other masterpieces. Following that, we went to see the Three Kings Parade, the kickoff for Three Kings Day, a national holiday that falls on January 6th and is the day when all the kids get their presents. It’s one of their biggest celebrations and the parade is the equivalent of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, complete with press coverage and thousands upon thousands of viewers. It was truly incredible. After fighting the crowds and watching a good portion of the parade, we made an educated decision to throw in the towel and get some cena (dinner). We headed back to the legendary Plaza Mayor and the San Mateo Market behind it. The San Mateo Market is unique in the sense that it’s massive a la carte market for food. Basically you go from shop to shop picking up whatever snack or drink you want and going wherever within the market to eat. When we finished there we ate chocolate and churros at Madrid’s most famous ‘Chocoladeria.’ It was an altogether fantastic day that I can barely describe.


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