My cousin, Anki, and I in Amberg, Germany. Being my first year traveling outside of North America, I found it vital to visit my family while living in Europe. I have family living all over the world– in Germany, Sweden, Australia, Syria, Canada, Lebanon, etc. Since Germany and Sweden were closer in proximity, I decided to visit my cousins, aunts, and uncles, and make the most of this opportunity. It’s a bit evident that this holiday season was like no other. I got to reconnect with my roots,…

Me, in Nerja, Spain I had always wanted to study abroad, but I never thought I’d be studying Spanish and Arabic in Spain, as I’m studying creative writing and philosophy back home. Only being here for about two and a half months, I’ve already been to three countries (not including Spain), have two more left to visit, and have the chance to minor in Spanish when I return to Chicago. I have so much to look forward to in the next couple of months, but here’s what I’ve…

  This is a short video that takes you on a tour of the CEA office in Granada, Spain! It also gives you a peek into the Centro de Lenguas Modernas, and a classroom inside the school!           Jace Waller, a senior at Illinois State University, is the CEA Fall 2012 MOJO for Granada, Spain

It seems the more semesters that pass, the faster they go. I’m already a senior in college, but I can still clearly remember the first day my mom and dad helped me to cart up all my things to the 16th floor of Hewett at Illinois State University. This semester I’ve spent in Spain has made me grow more than any of my other semesters, academically and personally. However, this semester has been no exception to the “the more semesters you take, the faster they seem to go”…

         The streets of Granada are full of things you would never encounter in the United States. Each step down the streets provides a new experience to all those who dare to wander the narrow alleyways. Walking down the streets of Granada, my sneakers hit the hard tile that lines the streets in perfect squares. Little shops line the streets on each side of the street, and the shopkeepers are hard at work cleaning their windows before the rush of the day hits. The towering…

La Alhambra, one of Spain’s most visited tourist attractions, as seen from  afar from the Mirador de San Nicolás in the Albaycin. One of the most beautiful aspects of La Alhambra, in my opinion, would be the flowing fountains. From within, including a garden with a lovely fountain, detailed artwork, and a stained glass ceiling. La Alhambra reflected in the water. The view of Granada from here is magnificent. A bit of the grounds and the city.  Another view of the city. From the inside, looking out. The details…

 Here in Granada, there are endless possibilities on where to go when it comes down to desserts. Walking down any given street, it is common to come across a small bakery, a pastry shop, a gelato place, or a hole-in-the-wall restaurant with the best sweets Granada has to offer. For starters, there’s Café Fútbol, right at the end of Plaza de Mariana Pineda, which is a simple five to ten minute trek from the residence hall. It is there that one can come across some of the best churros con…