This weekend I had the pleasure of going on an excursion to Valencia with CEA. Valencia is an incredible city with gorgeous architecture, beautiful beaches, and delicious food. The city has a lot to offer so it’s definitely worth a visit! Check out my video below– Hope you like it! Alison H. is the Spring 2018 MOJO Photographer in Barcelona, Spain. She is currently a Junior studying Cognitive Science at University of California – Berkeley.

Connecting with your study abroad city is a really important step into making an unfamiliar city feel like home. Getting to your city is an exhilarating experience, and something you’ll probably never get to do again, but what I wanted to do what make it my home away from home. Back in the United States, there were things I would do on a regular basis, my routine. I wanted to bring that to Barcelona with me because I would be here for 4 months. I started to realize that no matter where you…

It’s been a little over a week since I’ve arrived in Barcelona and it has been surreal so far. Being alone at college is one thing, but being alone in a foreign country is a completely different thing. Thankfully, a lot of people from my school are also studying here, so it made adjusting so much easier. The hardest thing I had to adapt to was the food. The lifestyle here is way more relaxed than back home; meals take longer and happen much later. We went to dinner…

It truly is amazing that we’ve been in a new city for this crazy city for over three months, yet every day we find something new. One of favorite parts of studying abroad is there is no time to get into boring routine because every day abroad should be a new experience. I find myself never on my phone (sorry Mom, I’m still fine I promise!) because studying abroad is truly all about living in the moment. Barcelona, in my unbiased slightly biased opinion, is the best place in…

Studying abroad in a country you’ve never been to leads to some mistakes, funny situations, and learning experiences. After being here for two months, here are some observations and moments that may not have gone as expected… Dogs: okay this one I still don’t really know how to explain, but it’s awesome. Dogs in Europe are the best-trained dogs. I feel like they all could compete in the Westminster Dog Show and have a chance to win. Basically, many dogs on the busy streets of Barcelona are not on…

Have you ever been in a class where you’re so confused by what’s going on that it seems like the teacher is speaking a different language? Picture that feeling for four months! Just kidding, it’s not actually that bad when you aren’t yet the greatest Spanish speaker. I have four roommates and I asked each how they rate their Spanish on a scale of 1-10; we came up with 8, 7, 3, 2 and an impressive 0.5 rating. So, on average for the five of us, our Spanish skill…

Thanks to Max (who said he likes “some of his roommates”), Harrison (who took time time away from eating his Ramen Noodles) and Humby (who said his favorite roommate is himself ) for joining us on Futon Interviews Part One. Special appearance from Tim in the top corner who was studying for a test for the next morning. Hope you learned a little bit more about Barcelona and the apartment life, and we’ll check back in soon! Kevin Mooney is the Spring 2016 CEA MOJO Blogger in Barcelona, Spain. He is currently…

Most college students who attend a big school can relate to that feeling of sitting through a lecture with another 300 students and not feeling engaged in the course. My advice? Go abroad! My largest class is 25 students and I have two classes with only seven people. Each professor brings something unique to every class, whether it’s where they grew up or their experiences, there is something interesting about all of them. These small classes really allow face-to-face interaction with a professor, as well as with other students,…

It didn’t take long at all to find out that this would be an incredible semester. Within the 20-minute ride from the airport to my apartment, it was easy to see how beautiful Barcelona is. Upon arriving at my new home (for the next four months), I knew right away that this is a great apartment  in a perfect location, as we are just a short 15 minute walk to many of the attractions Barcelona has to offer. Though all 5 of us roommates were extremely tired, we…

Take a tour inside my apartment in Barcelona, Spain, and discover what a CEA apartment has to offer in this wonderful city! Conor Carone is the Fall 2015 CEA MOJO in Barcelona, Spain. He is currently a junior at the California Polytechnic Sate University in San Luis Obispo.