I never thought that I would this feel at home in the city that I were to study abroad in. I always thought that I would love the city but never thought I found find the same sense of home I have in Fairfield, Connecticut and Providence, Rhode Island. After traveling this past weekend to another city in Italy, I found myself excited to get back to Rome, and realized that it is officially my new home. Studying abroad in such a large city can sometimes be overwhelming. Getting lost…

I first experienced Spain from my kitchen table in Chicago. It was three days before I departed for Madrid, and I was calling a hostel to ask a question about check in time. A man answered, a gruff, impatient voice, wondering who had the nerve to call in advance about a hostel – hostels are like Denny’s, you never know what to expect and you don’t ask questions. I asked a question, and was suddenly attacked by a barrage of Spanish words like a pack of fire ants entering…

By Ellia Flinn, Florence Stazione Leopolda is a uniquely beautiful converted train station and an easy fifteen-minute walk from the center of Florence. (For me, it was about a 25 minute walk, but let me tell you, it was well worth the trek.) After World War II, the station was converted into a versatile space for events of all kinds. From January 28th to February 1 of this year, the station housed Vintage Selection. Vintage Selection is essentially an indoor vintage market, which is held in conjunction with…

By Sally Keckeisen, Dublin One of the first things study abroad students did when they got to DCU was go to Causey Farm in County Meath. We didn’t really know what to expect when we got there, but once we were there we were immersed in cultural activities. My friends and I laughed the entire day and learned so much about Irish culture. When we first arrived at Causey farm, we were all told to wash our hands. Once we did this, we grabbed an apron and learned…

By Emma Lamke, Florence Everyone has a different idea of traveling and what should be accomplished – seen, eaten, experienced – when they are exploring a new place.  If you are having trouble finding someone you would like to travel with or are just feeling spontaneous, why not hit the road solo? I am a huge proponent of traveling alone.  Just this past weekend, I made the trek from Florence to Barcelona alone and had one of the most memorable weekends of my life! Exploring an unfamiliar place and meeting…

By Hanna Neitzke, London I have been living in London now for about six months. These six months have changed me for life in so many different ways, but the beauty of it all is that I still get to live here for another five! CEA is a fantastic study abroad program, and we have the lovely Cassandra here to help acclimate with the subtle cultural differences. I have learned a lot in my time here about myself and about the city, here are a few tips on…

By Cailin Hodgins Guentz, San José There’s so much to plan for once you’ve made the excellent decision to study abroad, especially in regards to packing. It’s essential to strike the balance between packing light and having enough clothes to get by. This struggle becomes all the more complicated if you, like me, are plus size. It feels weird writing a blog about being plus sized. I wear a size 14/16 or XL and find that I can shop in both the women’s department and plus size department…

View from the top of the Alhambra

By Alex Larsen, Seville For centuries, the Roman Catholic Church issued declarations of conquest against the nations and people that opposed the spread of Western Christendom. The details and nuances of the Crusades are confusing at best, but there remained a constant theme throughout: disrespect. This came to fruition in a number of ways. Typically, the storming armies would desecrate towns, leaving smoldering rubble where temples and homes once stood. The intricate, time-consuming detail that went into the buildings – especially those used as a place of worship…

By Kacie Diamond, Paris As amazing of an experience as studying abroad is, the first week is one hundred percent the hardest. There’s jet lag, culture shock, language barriers, and just the fact that you’re trying to learn how to navigate around a new city. This isn’t to deter you from studying abroad, of course! Having just survived my own first week abroad in Paris, France, I’ve found that it helps to be prepared so that when you get to your study abroad destination you aren’t immediately overwhelmed…

  As my time in Granada, Spain has quickly flown past the month of January, classes and program-related activities have finally gotten into the full swing of things. For me, the excitement that comes with this reality is easily described in just a single word. Excursions! This past weekend, our program had it’s very first day-trip excursion out of the city of Granada and into the beautiful city of Córdoba, which is a province in the southern part of Spain that is about two and a half hours away…