By some lucky fate I was matched with the host family that perfectly fits all of my needs and my personality type (and no I am not just talking about the endless supply of dulce de leche that pops up in my fridge). Between the odd trinkets that fill every nook and cranny of the house, and the random, yet lively dinner conversations, I think I actually have been matched with the Argentine version of my family. I am lucky to have a homey atmosphere here because, while…

“There is a flickering spark in us all which, if struck at just the right age…can light the rest of our lives, elevating our ideals, deepening our tolerance, and sharpening our appetite for knowledge about the rest of the world. Educational and cultural exchanges…provide a perfect opportunity for this precious spark to grow, making us more sensitive and wiser international citizens through our careers.” – Ronald Reagan, former US President When it comes to studying abroad, the travel and adventure aspects are always talked about and emphasized. But,…

I have travelled a fair amount in my young life. When friends and family find out that I am leaving, we go through the normal “wheres” and “whens.” Never failing, they always ask, “have you seen the movie ‘Taken’ with Liam Neeson?” “Yes I have, it is scary” is always my response when I am actually thinking, Yes I have and I am not as idiotic as that girl. Some advice is warranted, though. Here are the best traveling tips that I have gotten or learned:   1….

One of the perks of studying abroad through CEA are the planned excursion trips offered as part of my program.  This last weekend, I went along with 80 kids also studying in Prague and ventured to Krakow, Poland for a few days. The staff at the CEA study abroad offices in Prague did a great job planning out our four days of transportation, accommodations, and sightseeing.  Here’s some of the highlights from a weekend spent in one of my favorite destinations in Europe thus far: Krakow’s Old Town Square After…

Flammenkuchen. So much flammenkuchen. Flammenkuchen, which I promise to explain later, was the overarching takeaway from our latest CEA excursion to Strasbourg, a city in the Alsace region of France, near Germany. I just thought that was important to note up front. We arrived in Strasbourg at 11 AM on Saturday morning via train. Led by our French tour guide Pierre-Jean, our group of about 30 CEA study abroad students walked across the river L’Ill and got our first glance at the Strasbourg Cathedral. Pierre-Jean set us free…

A CEA study abroad excursion starts and ends with a group of tired students packed onto a bus. On the way to our destination, we have only just woken up and on the way back, we are exhausted from a long day of exploring. While the drive may seem long, it is what happens during the day that makes it all worth it. To start the adventure, we went to González Byass winery in Jerez, a city in southern Spain. Our group of CEA students spent the morning…

The hardest task for me before leaving to Paris wasn’t finishing the CEA application or saying goodbye to friends and family, but rather squeezing 4 months of clothing into one 28 inch suitcase. To narrow down my wardrobe and decide what was appropriate for the stylish Paris streets, I decided to do some online research. In my research, I came across several “rules” for how one should pack and dress for Paris, such as the “no more than 3 colors” rule and the “no sneakers” rule. However, after…

To be honest, a big reason as to why I chose to study in Rome was because it was one of the only countries that had the classes I needed to take. In fact, I looked through the CEA class forms, and Rome and Prague were the only two cities that had my courses. I did a little background research on both cities, and Rome sounded like a perfect place for me to study for four months.   This past weekend, I visited Prague with my friends to…

Paris has so much to offer – museums, beautiful architecture, amazing restaurants, busy open-air markets, the promise of a magical moment when you are simply crossing over the Seine – it can be a hard city to leave, even for just a day. What will you miss out on?! However, living in a city can take its toll, and despite all of Paris’ greatness, sometimes you just need a break from the movement of it all. Thankfully, you can be hiking in a gigantic forest with a Fontainebleau…

Being new to any city creates a sense of wonder about what you will find there. What restaurants will be like home? Will I know what to order? Where is a good quiet place to do homework? All of these and more have been discovered in my time in Galway, so here is a list of my favorite places to go! 1. The Spanish Arch Pub/Hotel: Eating a meal here is much more than just sitting down to eat, it’s full of entertainment! The beautifully decorated interior is…