Marketing Major, Communications Minor at Saint Josephs University
What’s one thing you want other young people to know about traveling abroad?
It's an invaluable experience. Nothing compares to it. The people you meet, the food you eat and the lifestyle you'll experience will only broaden your perspective of the world and round you out as a person.
THE IDEAL DAY
24 hours in MADRID, ES
9:30AM Wake up, shower and get dressed. Then, I'd come to the living room to eat a light Spain breakfast. Our house mother would set out a tray of food options, such as cafe con leche, croissants, oatmeal and yogurt. I'd usually go for cereal with warm milk.
10AM I would walk down to the Plaza de Espana metro station, swipe my pass and then catch two trains to the university.
10:30AM-2:30PM Class :[
3PM Walk down Gran Via(the Madrid equivalent of Broadway) and head to Sol, the booming downtown district of Madrid, full of shops, restaurants, street performers, promoters and special events. Afterwards, I'd head to Parque de Buen Retiro. It's honestly the most beautiful park I've ever been to, full of joggers, weddings, paddle boats, performers, beautiful greenery, fountains, etc.
5PM Head to El Tigre for some delicious tapas, such as tortilla, chorizo, jamon iberica, and my favorite- manchego cheese.
6:30PM Catch the metro to the language exchange , a program in which native Spanish-speakers learn English from volunteers who learned English as their first language for an hour. After an hour, the Spanish-speakers would help those who learned English as their first language speak Spanish.
9PM More homework and a siesta(nap). You'd be surprised how much a nap can help you recharge before eating and going out.
9:30PM Eat a family dinner of homemade paella with my host mother and fellow study abroad students that I live with. She would usually give us some delicious dulche de leche ice crean for dessert.
10PM Head to El Corte Ingles to pick up some essentials. This Spanish store was pretty much like Walmart, Macy's, and Best Buy rolled up in one and had everything that'd you'd ever need, like 2 liter bottles of water for 75 Euro cents.
11PM Start pregaming, wait to use the shower and get dressed. Then we'd head to Dubliners, an “Irish” bar that caters to study abroad students, for 1 Euro shots. There we'd meet up with friends that live close by.
12AM Head to Teatro Kapital, an upscale seven floor dance club in Madrid. Each floor had different vibes and music, so there was something for everyone. There'd also be live dancers, musicians, and every once in a blue moon, celebrities would stop by.
6AM We would always grab food before heading home from a fun night. Sometimes we'd stop by San Gines, a 24 hour restaurant known for for it's desserts, to pick up some churros con chocolate and cafe con leche. Other times, we'd stop by Papizza, a late night pizza place (AKA heaven) where you could get 2 Euro square slices of pizza. My favorite was bolonesa and Nueva York style.
What’s your suitcase packing method? I think it depends on where I'm going. I'm not the most organized person. I'm indecisive and I like to have options. Usually, I'll overload my suitcase with pieces that I can mix and match easily and make a split-second decision on what works when it's time to get dressed.
Do you have any tips for go through airport security? Be patient. Obviously, everyone is in a rush. Keep your valuables with you or in your carry on. Print your boarding pass ahead of time and check in early. Be ready to take your shoes off, if asked. Bring snacks ;]
What is the one thing you must have while traveling? I love taking pictures and capturing moments, so I usually will bring my Nikon with me when traveling.
How many languages do you speak? 1.25 (I'm working on my Spanish lol).
You in three words Bold. Empathethic. Self-aware.
When you’ve had a bad day what keeps you going? Music, usually Gospel or R&B and self-motivation.
What items can be found on you at all times? My cell phone, sunglasses, bracelet from Madrid and Ghana.
What are you addicted to? I think I'm addicted to Instagram(@kobikobe), Wawa, Wanderlust and Tumblr.
What did you Google last? When the Amy Winehouse documentary comes out.
What is the last thing you took a photo of? I took a selfie of me and my friends at the Mad Decent Block Party.
What’s the one piece of clothing everyone should own? You can never go wrong with a nice pair of dark, straight-legged jeans.
What outfit do you wear on repeat? A light brown thin sailor striped shirt, light wash comfortable Lucky brand jeans, Clark's boots, and a coool hat I picked up in Paris. Sometimes, I'll add a button-up, cardigan, boat shoes or a five-panel hat to switch it up.
Where would you like to be five years from now? Hopefully, I'll be working in a Branding/PR or Marketing/Advertising firm that will allow me to enjoy my work and possibly have time for travel.
What’s next? That's a good question. I'm not entirely sure. I'm definitely considering continuing my education and pursuing my MBA to remain competitive in the workforce. However, after living in Europe for four months, I've been affected with the traveling bug. I'm saving up money now and planning on traveling for a little after graduation. Later on down the line, I'll get my law degree.
Follow Kobi on Instagram @kobikobe and check out the rest of his travels on Kobi Meets World .