Surprisingly enough, one of the biggest cultural differences I have encountered since being abroad is the dress code between Americans and Spaniards, specifically the difference between college students. In America, it has become very normalized across college campuses to dress extremely casual. There are less people that actually pick out a real outfit for the day than there are people who either wear leggings and a sweatshirt, or people who don’t even try and just roll out of their bed in pajamas. For me at home, you will…

As I reflect back on the past four months abroad, it is hard to believe that my time in Barcelona is coming to an end. It was just yesterday that I was stressing out about trying to fit everything in two suitcases, and now—three months later I’m already having to think about having to pack to go home! Before coming abroad, I was excited, however, my nerves overpowered that excitement so it was hard to look forward to it. Now, the thought of leaving this new home of…

In this video, I explore a couple parts of Barcelona. I started at Placa Catalunya and continued through the Gothic Quarter passing one of the Cathedrals of Barcelona. I then continued through the El Born neighborhood and ended my day at the Arc de Triomph. Elizabeth C is the Fall 2016 CEA MOJO in Barcelona, Spain. She is currently a junior studying American Studies and Marketing at Miami University. 

One of the best parts about CEA is the excursions and activities around your city, and some you wouldn’t have otherwise thought about. In my case, I signed up for a Tapas workshop (YUM) to learn a little bit more about where and how tapas originated and how they are prepared. One of the classes I am taking this semester is the Culture of food and wine and Spain, so this was the perfect activity to take part in. My teacher ended up being the leader of the…

As many college kids have probably experienced, mid October-December tend to be pretty harsh months for us health-wise. Luckily for me, CEA puts on a wellness week right around this time, just to try to combat the influx of tired and sick kids that surface this time of year. CEA Barcelona started wellness week around 3 years ago because they were noticing this very trend of the students getting especially sick at this time. The excitement of being abroad, traveling, and exploring our cities has finally set in—and…

After being in Barcelona for a little over a month, I’ve found some pretty amazing places around the city. Although I’m impressed with basically everywhere I go, I put together a short list of a few of my favorite must-see places. Mar Bella Beach Although Barcelona’s beaches are undoubtedly beautiful and a definite place to go when visiting Barcelona—it is a little hectic when trying to lay in the sun and relax. People often warned me about the “petty theft” that is so rampant in Barcelona prior to…

Here is a video of my apartment in Barcelona. It is located in a very nice neighborhood called L’Eixample surrounded by many families and young kids. I live with five of my best friends. We have two rooms with twin beds and one single room. We have a little kitchen and a nice living room area with windows to the backside! It is a great location– only a 15-minute walk from CEA! Elizabeth C. is the Fall 2016 CEA MOJO in Barcelona, Spain. She is currently a junior studying American Studies and…

As I’ve settled down in Barcelona, I’m now getting the swing of my surroundings, my school schedule, and how to get to class. At first, it felt like I was on vacation, but now that classes have started its settling in that Barcelona will be home for the next couple months. School abroad surprisingly has a lot more similarities to school in America. Upon arriving to class every day, the teacher takes attendance and then we begin our class discussion on the topic for that day and the…

I’m not going to lie, the day I left for Spain, I was extremely nervous for what was to come. I have never traveled alone to a foreign country, so there is a lot that I don’t know. The idea of even getting through a foreign airport without my parents overwhelmed me, but it turned out to be a lot easier than I thought. When I first arrived at my apartment, I was really impressed with my new surroundings. The city of Barcelona looks so different from anywhere I’ve…