The last three months have entailed very cool experiences with my host city (Barcelona) and the people in it. The people in Barcelona are no different from people back in the states but there is something gratifying about making connections with individuals in another country. Personally, I’m a huge creature of habit. After being in Barcelona for a little while I’ve got in a groove, and my day to day schedule is very similar. That’s how I’ve ended up meeting the local people I know here. Everyday I…

This weekend I decided to take advantage of the Valencia trip included in the CEA program. They bus you out to Valencia (3 hours south of Barcelona) and put you up in a hotel for two nights. The city itself was awesome, it’s a fairly small beach town with pretty amazing architecture, great views and good weather (well, most of the time). The first day we got there we met up around 3pm for an option tour of the city from a local guide. Which I was happy…

When first coming to Barcelona and starting CEA, I had not thought much about whether or not I was going to volunteer while abroad. Once I had orientation, however, I decided it wouldn’t hurt to at least attend the informational meeting. One of my roommates and I went together, and we were shocked to learn how many different kinds of volunteer positions were available. I was excited to learn about unique ways to get more immersed in the culture and meet local people. There were even opportunities that aligned with…

Picking a list of my favorite places in Barcelona would require a 50 page guide filled with dozens of amazing restaurants, tourists sites, and neighborhoods along with rationalizations explaining why I made the difficult decision to exclude pretty much every other place I’ve been in the city. For the sake of time, however, I will (painfully)  limit myself to three of my favorite places to visit in the city. If I haven’t already made it clear, there are a ton of things to do in Barcelona and plenty of great places…

One of the main perks of studying abroad is traveling while you’re there. If you think about it, what other time in your life will you have 4 months’ worth of weekends to travel to any destination you want. One of the reasons I chose Spain as my study abroad destination is it’s proximity to other countries which makes traveling to, say, London on a Friday only a little over an hour away. Traveling on the weekends to new amazing destinations, which you never before thought you’d see…

Here is a short tour of the more popular areas along the board walk of Barcelona. I normally take the Metro down to the beach which takes about 25min. As you walk towards the beach from the metro stop there are several great places to stop and eat. Most of which are in this video for example we walked past Las Fritas which is a really good place to get french fries, Kapadokya , and several others. Additionally the place we ate at in the video, Surf House,…

Walking around Barcelona is always full of beautiful sights. I love getting lost in the city and finding new places every day. My first couple of weeks, however, I made sure to visit all the famous locations in Barcelona. From my apartment, all these incredible places are just a short walk or metro ride away. Here are some highlights from my early walking adventures in the city that include Park Guell, Gracia neighborhood and cafes, Gothic Quarter, La Boqueria, plazas throughout the city, and more. Enjoy the walking…

I’m a little less than a month into my semester here in Barcelona. In some ways, it feels like I’ve lived here forever, but in others I feel like I’m still getting adjusted. Although it hasn’t been a full month yet, I’ve learned so much. Everyone has told me studying abroad “changes your life”. I always assumed they were exaggerating, but I’m starting to see the truth in it. In the midst of adapting to my temporary home, I’ve made a lot of mistakes. I’ve found that I…

Arriving in Barcelona, I had no idea what to expect from this program. I obviously knew the four classes I would be taking at the CEA Center and the one class I would be taking at the local, University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia (UVIC). However, to be honest, I had done very little research. I had a cousin who was in CEA several years ago and loved it, so I decided to give it a shot. In reality, who doesn’t want to live in a foreign…

In the months leading up to my departure, I thought a lot about what my apartment might look like, the kinds of things I wanted to do in Barcelona, and the weekend trips I hoped to take. I put very little thought into the essential reason for being in another country for a semester: studying while abroad. Other than the tedious process of making sure all my credits would transfer, I prepared very little for how school might be different in Spain. I can now happily say after my first few…