Molly Gallagher: New LG Travel Correspondent!!

Lost Girls, Spain, Studying Abroad — By on October 14, 2009 at 12:55 pm

The Lost Girls are thrilled to welcome Molly Gallagher to our team of international reporters. Read all about how Molly first caught the travel bug, her consummate love affair with Spain and her latest adventures abroad. Then stay tuned for her first dispatch from the road tomorrow afternoon!


Hi Lost Girls readers! My name is Molly Gallagher and I’m a junior, magazine journalism major at Syracuse University. I live outside of Philadelphia, in Bucks County, PA. I grew up traveling. Every summer my Papa, Grandma, parents, brother and I would jet off in early June. My mother and grandma should really open a travel agency, because of their expertise in planning trips. By the age of 17 I had (very luckily) already traveled to Ireland, England, Italy, France, Greece. I always told my parents I couldn’t entirely remember all of these countries, probably because most of these were between the ages of 5-11. They always told me I had plenty of time to go back. Last year my grandma, parents and I set out on a two-week trip to Spain. Our first stop was Barcelona. We spent the next week driving along the Northern coast of Spain and stopping in: Bilbao, Santillana del Mar, León, Salamanca, and Santiago de Compostela. From Santiago we flew to Madrid. After arriving at the hotel we stepped out onto Calle de Arenal, which is a street off of Plaza del sol, one of the busiest, most crowded, bustling streets in the city. All around me there were groups of men playing guitars, street performers, cafes, jewelry stands, and hundreds of people walking. I turned to my mom and said, “I’m studying abroad here.”

After a month of living in London during high school I always thought I would go back to study abroad there in college. In a single week during my stay in London the city won the Olympic bid and on the next day experienced the terrorist attacks of July 7th, 2007. I saw how the citizens of London came together during this time. It seemed simple: the journalism professors at Syracuse encourage us to study in London, because there are more media opportunities and more communication classes offered.

However, Spain was like nothing I had ever experienced. My cousin, Julie, lived in Madrid for almost three years and taught English there. She and her boyfriend were our personal tour guides while we stayed in Madrid. I never saw her so happy as I did while she was living in Spain. During the day we visited the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofia modern art museum, Retiro Park, had breakfast at a famous chocolate churros café-Choclatería San Ginés, shopping in Gran Via and walking around the Royal Palace. We spent the nights having cheese and wine before my cousin took us to different Spanish restaurants. There was something about the city that I sensed right away-there was always something to do and when it was time to leave I knew I was not done exploring Madrid.

In August I gave up the desire to have a double major in Political Science and opted for a semester in Madrid where I will spend my time reading Hemingway, helping out local public schools teaching English, learning Spanish, spending countless hours in the Prado museum, traveling across Spain and Europe, eating plenty of Spanish food, finding my own local cafes, bars, shops, and hopefully feeling at home in this country. Until then, adios y pásatelo bien (goodbye and enjoy yourself)!



  • says:

    I look forward to reading up on your adventures – I haven't made it to Spain yet so it'll be fun to learn more about it! 🙂

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