study abroad, studying abroad, study abroad in Granada

I’m an indecisive person. But one thing I had decided clearly in my mind when I started college was that I was going to study abroad. I didn’t know where or when, but I was going to make it happen one way or another. I’m also somewhat of a perfectionist, so choosing a study abroad program was quite a long process, but I started early and researched thoroughly. I attended my school’s study abroad meetings, requested information online, made phone calls, talked to my professors, and weighed out…

study abroad, studying abroad, study abroad in Granada

4 airports, 3 flights, and 13 hours took me from Indianapolis, Indiana across the Atlantic Ocean to Granada, Spain. I’ve only flown overseas once before in my life, but I’m still amazed that in a matter of hours, you can be in a completely different country, on a completely different continent. The day I arrived in Granada was a day I had long looked forward to. Ever since I applied for my student visa back in October, I had counted down the days until my departure. Even though…

study abroad, studying abroad, study abroad in Granada

One of the things I most looked forward to before studying abroad was trying traditional Spanish cuisine. While there are plenty of unique restaurants and bars in Granada, I have been able to experience a lot of the local flavor just from what my host mom cooks on a daily basis! Below, I’ve shared a recipe for “Pollo Escabechado,” which translates to “marinated chicken.” It’s delicious, super simple, and really represents the simple, fresh flavors of Southern Spain. My host mom explained to me that this method of…

Yoann earned a Bachelor’s degree in English, a Master’s degree in French, and studied abroad in Arkansas, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. He is originally from Lille, in Northern France, and is a CEA Housing Advisor and French faculty in Paris. What do you like most about Paris? …what I like is that there are things to do all the time. You’re never bored. Sometimes it’s overwhelming, because it’s Saturday, and you’re like, oh what can we do, and there are so many options. ..whatever you like, there’s something to…

I spent the night before flying to France lying awake in my bed, listening to Michael Bublé’s Christmas album on repeat. Not because Christmas was the week before, but because it’s my go-to “goodness gracious Sarah, calm down” music. In 24 hours, my life would completely change. I was consumed with not knowing: what would my surroundings be? What would my host mother be like? On what level is her apartment? Would the other students be nice? Would I have to speak French from the moment I stepped off…

My host mother stopped in the middle of dinner tonight to take me on a tour of her backyard garden.  Daylight savings time just began yesterday; we’re sitting on the couch where we eat, marveling at the evening glow outside and the flowers blooming in the backyard. “I love having that high wall over there, it gives me a microclimate so can grow all sorts of species that aren’t native to Provence. I call it my English garden,” she says with a small laugh. I twist back around…

When I first arrived in Aix-en-Provence three months ago, I spent the first weeks wandering these streets in the city that you all already know has my heart forever. I eventually fell into a rhythm of winding through a sequence of streets to get to my favorite bakery, the fruits and vegetables market, the flower market, the big open squares filled with outdoor cafés, and everything else that goes along with it. Here, you can take an *accelerated* walk with me through some of center-city Aix and get…

This one’s for the bakery window-shoppers, teasing those madeleines from the street. It’s for the ones like me, for whom biting into a mystery food could be like opening pandora’s box. I wish I could be one of those people who will pop anything into their mouth without a second thought, but I will never be that person. Suffering from Living with allergies can be a setback (this semester abroad had brought an entire new set of them) but I am refusing to let my allergies take anything away from the richness of…

If you ever find yourself in Aix-en-Provence, I suggest that you  have a celebratory dance party because this city is a babe and treat yo’self. I’ve compiled a little list below if my absolute favorite places to do just that. Book Bar This is a bookstore + café that feels like coming home. It has books in more than twenty different languages lining the small walls, plates of fresh English scones, and about once a week, a very content me. From my seat at a small wooden table…

One of my absolute favorite weekends here was our CEA excursion to Nice and Monte Carlo. Picturesque beaches, the famed Nice Carnival, and a night out in Monte Carlo that lived up to my wildest dreams. But the part of this trip that stands out most in my memory, one of the most stunning landscapes I’ve ever experienced, was our short stop in Èze on the way home. I had no idea that this town existed. Writing about it almost feels like I’m whispering a secret. This little village,…