Who doesn’t love free things?  Well, this trip to Granada was not exactly free, but it was included in the CEA Madrid program, so why not take advantage of an awesome trip?  Recently, CEA Madrid students were given the opportunity to travel to Granada, Spain for a weekend getaway.  While the weather was less than ideal, we still made the most of a rainy weekend in the south of Spain. We started the weekend off with a walking tour around Granada.  We explored the city with umbrellas in…

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.

My friends and I made a fun video of some of our adventures throughout the week she came to visit for Spring Break. See what we were up to and see the beautiful highlights of Madrid! 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.

One of the reasons I chose to study abroad with CEA is because of all the excursions they include. We do long weekend trips to incredible places such as Barcelona and Sevilla, but also do day trips as well. Last month we took a trip to a small city about an hour from Madrid called Toledo. A bunch of CEA students packed in a large bus and headed out to see the city. Before arriving, I didn’t know what to expect because I hadn’t heard anything about Toledo previously….

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…