This week we interviewed Sarah Moxon, current Master in Management student, who moved to Madrid in February all the way from New Zealand. Sarah told us all about her new life in Spain, and how she has gotten the most out of her time during her year so far in Europe.
Since starting at IE in February, have you travelled much outside of Madrid?
One of the best parts of moving to Madrid has without a doubt been the travel opportunities I now have during my free time. Coming from New Zealand, I’m not used to being able to see such a diverse selection of cities and countries, so close to where I’m living! From Madrid, you are always just a short bus, train or plane ride away from an exciting new adventure – and I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of exploring this beautiful part of the world.
As I’ve only been here a few months, I’m still exploring Madrid every chance I get – it’s a big place. But I have been lucky enough to travel to Valencia, London and Lisbon during my weekends here and Easter break a few weeks ago.
Tell us more about your time in Lisbon!
I’ve always wanted to visit Portugal, so I had a look into where I wanted to go and found I could fly there really easily and for a very reasonable price. Lisbon blew me away, just as I expected! It’s the capital of Portugal and sits on the western Iberian Peninsula, on the Atlantic Ocean and a beautiful river. The city is full of the most stunning architecture, art and history.
My favorite part of the trip was trying the amazing Portuguese cuisine. On our second day in Lisbon we stumbled across an incredible foodie market, the Mercado de Ribeira by Time Out, which turned out to be our go-to hangout spot for the week. We also ate at some delicious, traditional Portuguese restaurants – an experience I’ll always remember.
There’s a lot to see, so we didn’t waste any time! One of the first things you notice entering into the central city is the grand Castle of São Jorge, sitting on the hilltop overlooking the historic centre Lisbon. I also loved climbing the Rua Augusta Arch, which rewards you with a breathtaking, 360 degree view of the city and river. You can easily spend the morning or afternoon roaming the unique little cobblestone streets in the old town, and of course, shopping!
The great thing about travelling to Lisbon is the fact that it’s also surrounded by other towns, just as impressive. We visited Cascais, a unique little coastal town about 30km away from Lisbon.
Spending the week in Portugal was awesome, and it’s memories like these that have helped shaped my IE experience to be so great. I’ve just booked tickets to Milan next month – so maybe you’ll hear from me again!
Look out for more “Life in Spain” posts to come!