To those wanting to study abroad in Spain, and are intimidated by the different school structure: never fear. Although the professors, format, coursework, building, really everything—right down to the language—is different, it is a new and refreshing change from American school. Maybe it’s because I’m only taking 12 hours instead of my usual American 18 or so, or because I don’t have class before 10 a.m., or that the walk to school is only 10 minutes and through a city that never ceases to amaze me, but Spanish school…

It’s been just over a week here in Granada, and it’s everything I expected it to be: exciting, overwhelming, different, exhausting, delicious, fascinating…the list of adjectives to describe this new home of mine goes on and on. But I’m loving every second of it, and have discovered a few new things about myself, about studying abroad, and about Spain in general that are worthy of noting. For one, I’ve realized that I love siestas. I mean, I already knew I loved naps before I came to Spain, but…

Before I departed for Spain, one of my biggest concerns about studying abroad was how I was going to stay fit and healthy. I was going to be away from my normal gym without my normal equipment and resources, and I would be back to eating in a dining hall with very few options when it came to meal time. During my semester here, I have learned that you have to adjust your normal habits to accommodate your new surroundings. In the United States, I frequently habit the…

In this vlog, I talk about what a normal day might look like from start to finish. This is what most of my days have been like this semester during my study abroad in Granada, Spain! Eve Olson is the Fall 2015 CEA MOJO Blogger in Granada, Spain. She is currently a Junior at the University of Utah.

Living in Granada during the summer, I had a perfect opportunity for beach time that I could not miss out on. Granada is only about an hour drive away from the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, so taking a bus down to the beach is a great way to spend a Saturday or Sunday at the beginning of the semester when homework hasn’t picked up yet. There are a bunch of options you can pick when deciding which beach to go to, but there aren’t a lot of differences…

Music and dance are a huge aspect of a culture and it’s one of the first things I noticed about Granada. The Flamenco dance originated in Andalucía region and Flamenco dancers can be seen in the plaza or around the cathedral during the warm months. Around Mirador de San Nicolas, you can always find guitar players no matter the time of day. This video explores the different sights and sounds that make the city unique, as well as showing passionate locals who express themselves through dance. Some quick shots of…

It is an universal truth that people love food. It carries an important role in each culture, from its cultivation, preparation to its consumption. After studying in Spain for almost four months, I’ve had the opportunity to experience a whole new culinary world. When talking to friends back home or local Spaniards, questions about different foods are the most common. So, what is Spanish food like? The Spanish diet closely follows a Mediterranean diet. Breakfast is usually very light, just toast and coffee. Olive oil, fish, eggs and bread…

These five photos, which I took soon after arriving in Spain, capture some of my first impressions and experiences. Granada has many cultural influences. Just when I thought I knew the city inside-and-out, I would stumble upon a new area. The Casa Museo de Max Moreau was one of those instances, where you can see an amazing rooftop view of the Alhambra and some pomegranate and orange trees. The two pomegranate statues represent the city of Granada, since the word “granada” is Spanish for pomegranate. After living in…

In this video, I chat with the other Granada, Spain interns to explain exactly what we all do here as interns and why you should intern, too! Chase is the Fall 2015 CEA MOJO Blogger in Granada, Spain. He is currently a Senior at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

If you are looking at these blogs, there is a great chance that you have a good idea of the benefits of studying abroad: experiencing a new culture, picking up a new language, putting yourself in a new environment and learning how to adapt to situations, and many more. However, there are many more unspoken benefits that come with putting yourself somewhere far away from your home: The ability to attend and see world events. All of us know that the world doesn’t revolve around our little chunk…