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MSGL Does Madrid and Marrakesh – Part I


Let’s start with Madrid.

Well, this was quite a country to start our trip!  There was a good group of us on this trip – we had classmates from the University of San Diego’s MS in Global Leadership program Cohorts 48, 49 and 50, as well as a mix of MBA and IMBA students.  Most of us arrived already jet-lagged, dragging our suitcases from taxis or the metro (that was Dave Mahoney, C49, feeling adventurous), but we were all ready to learn – both inside and outside of the classroom.

In Class: At the Instituto de Empresa

The MSGL students were taking International Comparative Management with Dr. Dimon, in place of MSGL 503.  The location of the school was very convenient – a few blocks away from our hotel, and close to the metro.  The week began with a great speaker, Professor Gayle Allard of the Instituto de Empresa, who offered insight on the Spanish economy and culture.  She discussed how the country fell into its current economic state with record unemployment, and discussed how culture can play a role in either its continued decline or its recovery.

Outside of Class: Bike Tour, Tapas, Exploring, Sangria…

Madrid is a fantastic city to explore, especially with the convenience of the metro system and a good pair of walking shoes.  However, our group discovered the city through a 3-hour bike tour.  We actually hopped on bikes and toured the streets – sometimes a little closer to the cars than necessary, and helmets? what helmets? – visiting all of the sights – from the Palace, to the major plazas, to famous landmarks and areas of town the guide recommended we return to for the nightlife.

And yes, there was some partaking in the nightlife.  MSGL students appreciate the full global experience, right?  Local beverages were sampled, the Spanish economy was stirred … and we all made it to class the next day.  Go team.

Company Tour: Santander Bank

Our time in Madrid also included a visit to the Santander Bank, one of the largest banks in the world, headquartered at a huge compound about 45 minutes outside of the city.  We met with some of the leadership there, who discussed the bank’s global capacities.  However, nearly as interesting were the Ferrari robots in the lobby designed to escort people around the complex.  We weren’t so lucky – we got a real person – but that would have been another blog post altogether.

After the Santander visit, the bus dropped us off at the Prado Museum, where we spent the afternoon.

When our week in Madrid was over, we headed off to Granada for the weekend for a tour of the Alhambra. After that, onward to Africa.

Up next… Morocco: Snake Charmers, a Beautiful Riad, Negotiations in the Souk – stay tuned!

Natalie Zacharia is a member of Cohort 49 and is also a Marketing Consultant for FLO TV, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm. She lives in Encinitas, California, and enjoys traveling, writing and jewelry.

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  1. Kim
    July 8, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Sounds like you guys had an amazing time! I can’t wait to hear about what’s in store for next summer’s trip!

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