Meet Rachele Romanoni – she’s a current Master in Management student embracing all things la vida españa. Rachele came to Madrid from Milan, Italy, where she studied management and economics at Università Bocconi. When she’s not studying at IE, she loves to explore everything her new city has to offer – the architecture, history, art, cafes, restaurants and nearby day trips.
On a typical weekend in Madrid, what do you find yourself doing?
On a typical Saturday in Madrid I walk around the city, get lost in the gorgeous little streets and visit the different districts. I love to walk around without having a final destination, especially in Madrid. There’s so many places to discover that people don’t tell you about or you don’t find in the tour books. Generally I’ll start the day off by visiting a new cafe I haven’t been to before – the Spanish do everything later than I’m used to though. So I’ve adapted to late breakfast, lunch and dinner!
There’s a beautiful park called Retiro in the center of Madrid which I also love to visit with my friends from the MIM. It’s March and it’s already beginning to get much warmer – and you absolutely can’t beat Retiro on a sunny day. At night we will usually meet to have a late dinner, and then visit a few of the bars in the many cool areas of Madrid. Usually we try to visit the IE Bar of the Week!
What’s your favorite part of Madrid so far?
Being Italian, I love food! So I really enjoy finding new gems where I can try the beautiful Spanish cuisine. Honestly, walking into and trying different Spanish restaurants has really been my favorite experience so far. I have very quickly grown to love the Spanish tradition of tapas! And you can’t beat a good paella.
Of course the architecture takes my breath away every day. Walking through Puerta del Sol and down to the Palacio Real is just so special and I can’t count how many times I’ve done that walk!
What’s been the thing that has surprised you most about Madrid?
What has surprised me most has definitely been the diversity between the different areas of the city. IE is located in the beautiful suburb of Salamanca, and situated very close to the financial district of the city. But just two metro stops away you’ll find Chueca and Malasaña – full of young, alternative and quirky people and the coolest little shops, bars and cafes. You also can’t beat an afternoon coffee or Sangria in La Latina! I’m still discovering new suburbs every week.
The city really is built to host young students from all around the world and suits all necessities. I also love the services and discounts that are offered to IE students!
What advice would you give to a student considering moving to Madrid?
Many friends that live in Italy are looking forward to coming to Madrid for their exchange or Master’s degrees. It is definitely one of the preferred destinations among my peers. And I can certainly understand why!
Of course it can be a little daunting moving to a new city, let alone a new country or continent! However, speaking not only for myself but so many of my classmates (who come from South Africa, Germany, New Zealand, Austria, the Netherlands and the USA just to name a few!), everyone is in the same situation when they arrive in Madrid. No one knows anyone when they get off the plane, and IE does an amazing job of helping you get settled in and meeting new people. IE hosts so many events to help you get to know your classmates in an informal setting – it really surprised me. Moving to Madrid changed my life and I don’t hesitate for a second to recommend you apply!
Watch out for the next Life in Spain post, soon to come!