My suitcase was under 50 pounds.  My travel documents were in check.  My boarding pass was in hand.  I was ready to take off for Madrid, Spain.  Hello, or should I say hola, my name is Cara, and I am the current MOJO Blogger in Madrid for Spring 2018.   I always knew I wanted to study abroad in college, and once I declared a minor in Spanish, I knew Spain was the obvious choice for where I should spend a semester of my life. Although I’ve only…

In my past five months in Europe, I’ve learned a lot. I’ve had to adjust to many different cultures and really get out of my comfort zone. I came here completely solo and it’s been hard at times, but also an incredibly rewarding experience. I learned some good lessons along the way…ones I think are worth sharing: Homesickness is normal I never in my life have been homesick. I went to school five hours away from my parents for a reason, but when you’re halfway across the world…

Throughout the study abroad experience, I sometimes find myself feeling a little lonely. I came here completely by myself and moved in with a complete stranger I didn’t know, my house mom Helena (pronounced Elena). We only speak to eachother in Spanish, which has been the best immersion process for me. My Spanish has improved immensely, and I speak with confidence from practicing with her 24/7. Although Helena has helped me linguistically, I wasn’t expecting this woman to make such a positive impact on me. She makes me all…

They say home is where the heart is, and I think that couldn’t be more true. I’ve been in Spain for three months now and I have made my host house a home of my own. I decided to film a house tour and show you guys where I’ve been living. Check out my tour and let me know what you think! Gracie D. is the Spring 2017 MOJO blogger in Madrid, Spain. She is currently a Junior studying integrated marketing communications at the University of Mississippi.

When I first came to Madrid, I thought the fashion would be weird. You know, like really hipster clothing or strange accessories. Although there are some things I’ve had to get used to, the moda (which is fashion in Spanish) pleasantly surprised me. First, all the clothes in Madrid are super cheap. Unless you’re planning to go to Louis Vuitton or Prada, you can go to most stores and easily walk out with 10 items for about $100-$150. This can be dangerous because although you are getting a…

It’s been a few weeks now that I’ve settled in Madrid, Spain and I am loving every second. I thought I would take you guys through a typical day here in Madrid, and I did the best I could to show you my routine. Here’s my school’s campus, lets walk yourselves through a typical Tuesday for me! Gracie D. is the Spring 2017 MOJO blogger in Madrid, Spain.  She is currently a Junior studying integrated marketing communications at the University of Mississippi.

Last Saturday I arrived in Madrid, Spain for my spring semester and so far it has been incredible. I speak spanish 24/7, my host mom is kind, and I have already made some good friends at school. Before I came, I knew I would experience a type of “culture shock” with customs that are very different from mine in the US. Although Spain is an amazing place, there have been some strange things I’ve had to adjust to for these past few weeks. The first and most important…

Studying abroad. Those two words have been in my head for years and years and finally it’s happened. I’ve done it. I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, and can cross it off my bucket list. While I am beyond thrilled this happened, I’m also mourning that it is over. Studying abroad is like Christmas decorations, here’s why: At first everything is beautiful and bright and new, like the huge Christmas tree in Plaza del Sol. The newness wears off and suddenly you are immersed in this foreign world. You…

Ready, Set, Flamenco! Flamenco dancing is a key cultural activity here in Spain. Most dancers have been dancing since childhood and have gone to schools specifically for Flamenco. Thank goodness CEA had an event where we all met and got tapas at a Flamenco “club,” as this is something I may have been too nervous or confused about to do myself. It was amazing! I’ve never seen someone’s feet move so fast in my life, and I grew up in tap and had friends who Irish danced. This…

Coming to a new city and losing your favorite coffee or tea store at home can be tough. No place will ever take the place of your coffee shop, but here are 5 that have become new favorites for me. 1. La Bicicleta Café – Malasaña La Bicicleta café is probably my favorite in Madrid. It is located in the trendy neighborhood of Malasaña which just enhances its charm. They feature an extensive food and drink menu, wifi, and an artsy, relaxed atmosphere that you cannot find anywhere…