Over the course of my posts, I’ve made a point to write about the things that have really had an impact on me. I imagine it’s probably much more interesting and enjoyable for you, the readers, when I can put all of myself into my posts. So with this last post, I’d like to tell you about a few of the really amazing experiences I’ve had here that I couldn’t really fit in anywhere else. —– As I’m sure you already know, Italy is known for it’s amazing…

            As I’m sitting here helping my friends pack for their flights home, I can’t help but think about the whirlwind semester I just had. It’s hard to believe that I’m leaving in just 24 hours; the time has gone so fast! I can honestly say that studying abroad was one of the best things I’ll probably do in my life and it’s been an invaluable experience.             In just four months I’ve accomplished things I never thought I’d do in a million years. I successfully traveled through…

While here in Granada, there are about a million and one places that one wouldn’t normally read about. In order to get the full-on experience, I’ve had to go out and search, high and low, for what the city has to offer and, let me just say- it most definitely has a lot of gems that, with a bit of prodding, I’ve stumbled upon and have surprised me. Here are three of my favorites: To start, there is this small bakery right around the corner from the residencia…

       Hours before my flight, I would just like to take the time to thank CEA and all the staff in Barcelona.        When I first looked into studying abroad, I naturally asked everyone I knew for input on where to go and who to go with.        “Go with CEA.”        “Why?”        “They’re the best.”        “Is that it?”        That’s it. I’ve had such an amazing time here in the last…

When one thinks of the European capitals of cuisine, Prague is probably not a city that comes to mind. While the Czechs may not have the same reputation for delicious food as, say, the French or the Italians, that doesn’t mean there is a shortage of delicious Czech dishes. Here are just a few of the fantastic foods that abound in Prague. BramboraWaltz into a Czech bakery and you’ll be greeted by a scrumptious array of pastries and sweets. While there are plenty of goodies to choose from…

So. Here we are. 2 days before departure, and I can’t even begin to explain what has happened in these past four months. It would be a flat out lie to say I am the same person who landed here four months ago. So, now, I would like to take the time and attempt to explain to you the Kenny who is now leaving Barcelona, and why he’s changed. 1) Independence. Not the kind of independence that you get from going away to college. I’m talking next level…

One of the best things about study abroad in a smaller program like CEA is that each student has the opportunity to personally bond with the staff. Here at CEA Rome, we are very lucky to have staff members who are genuinely interested in the students and in providing us with the best possible experience abroad. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to one of our many fantastic staff members before I have to leave them behind this weekend. Andrea Massini (on the left…

If I had to choose one thing that I liked best about my semester abroad in Florence, it would have to be the food! Real Italian food is actually quite different than the Italian food you find at Olive Garden, and I’ve enjoyed trying the authentic versions of my favorite Italian meals throughout the semester. Let’s start with breakfast, shall we? For breakfast, it’s common to stop by a bar (aka coffee shop) and enjoy a pastry and a hot drink at the counter. This particular morning I…

            When choosing my housing situation in Paris, I was faced with a difficult decision: home-stay or apartment?  Both had lots of benefits, and a few drawbacks, but I ultimately ended up going with the apartment for the independence it offered and the opportunity to live with other students in my program.  There are definitely times when I wish I could come to a family and hot dinner, however I have been generally thrilled with my apartment, my roommates, and the lifestyle that living on my own allows…

A couple of weeks ago, our architecture professor took our class on a tour through Barcelona’s Barri Gòtic, or Gothic Quarter. This is considered the old part of the city, and was built all the way back to the Spanish settlement in Barcelona in the 1st Century. This is what we saw: Our Professor with the Class at the Beginning of the tour One of many odd, odd doorhandles in the Gothic Area Beautiful Architecture of the Old City Roman Column remains from the Roman Settlement in Barcelona…