I landed in Madrid, Spain on January 9, 2011. I am here for school (a semester abroad), but also for a lesson in self-discovery and cultural indulgence. This will be my log of experiences, encounters, revelations, and the like, as I carry on my journeys through (hopefully!) Spain, Portugal, Italy, and France. By the time I leave (May 31, 2011), I hope to have scratched the surface of discovering the “essence” of Spanish life.