It was the first time in my life ever stepping foot on foreign soil. I was studying abroad in Spain in the summer of 2008 and my first two weeks were spent in the city of Salamanca. I was overwhelmed by the sights, smells and people and delighted in their unfamiliar warmth. I’ll never forget the beauty of this city or the humble and friendly people that made Salamanca feel like home.

I’d like to think that my photography has improved over the years. But even four years ago, with my very first camera in hand, I managed to capture some of the vibrancy of the beautiful city.

Walking down a side street

Plaza Mayor

A gypsy and his puppets

A beautiful view of the city

The city lamp posts

Incredible architecture can be found all around the city

You won’t find these in The States

One of the many courtyards around Salamanca

Another view from a side street

Casa de Las Conchas

The Plaza Mayor at night

Names of students painted in bull’s blood

Bird in flight

Cool art installments

A “street art” exhibit near the University

Such a beautiful façade

Casual conversation

The “central park” of Salamanca

Discovering a new place… priceless

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Kiersten Rich is the bikini-obsessed author of award-winning solo female travel and lifestyle blog, The Blonde Abroad, featuring travel tips, fashion, food, festivals and photography from around the world.