Surprisingly enough, one of the biggest cultural differences I have encountered since being abroad is the dress code between Americans and Spaniards, specifically the difference between college students. In America, it has become very normalized across college campuses to dress extremely casual. There are less people that actually pick out a real outfit for the day than there are people who either wear leggings and a sweatshirt, or people who don’t even try and just roll out of their bed in pajamas. For me at home, you will…

As I reflect back on the past four months abroad, it is hard to believe that my time in Barcelona is coming to an end. It was just yesterday that I was stressing out about trying to fit everything in two suitcases, and now—three months later I’m already having to think about having to pack to go home! Before coming abroad, I was excited, however, my nerves overpowered that excitement so it was hard to look forward to it. Now, the thought of leaving this new home of…

Here in Barcelona, I live in Eixample, the “expansion” from Barcelona’s original city center. Since being here for the past few months, I’ve discovered some local gems hosting my favorite places to eat. In the video you can catch a glimpse of the Italian “take away” deli, “churreria”, “rotiserria”, and fruit stall that I frequent. Jennifer S. is the Fall 2016 CEA MOJO in Barcelona, Spain. She is currently a sophmore studying Professional Writing at Miami University. 

This is it. My last blog post, my last week in Barcelona, and my last time in Europe for a while. These past four months have flown by and I really can’t believe it’s all coming to an end. In these last fifteen weeks I’ve traveled to Ibiza, Amalfi Coast, Munich, Paris, Amsterdam, Dublin, Madrid, London, Prague and Lisbon, lived in a huge metropolitan city for the first time, and conquered a metro system. Before coming abroad, I had no idea what to expect and what these months would…

This weekend I went on CEA’s weekend excursion to Madrid with three of my roommates and the rest of our CEA group. For just 20 euro, we were provided with transportation to and from Madrid, a two-night stay in a great hotel located in central Madrid, optional entry into two museums, and a guided tour of the city.  We started our journey early Friday morning at the Sants station where we meet with the group and boarded the train. Three hours later, we had arrived in Madrid, settled into…

In this video, I explore a couple parts of Barcelona. I started at Placa Catalunya and continued through the Gothic Quarter passing one of the Cathedrals of Barcelona. I then continued through the El Born neighborhood and ended my day at the Arc de Triomph. Elizabeth C is the Fall 2016 CEA MOJO in Barcelona, Spain. She is currently a junior studying American Studies and Marketing at Miami University. 

I interviewed Ana Sans, the CEA student advisor here in Barcelona. Watch and listen to find out everything on Ana’s life in Barcelona, favorite spots, and experience at CEA. It was great hearing a local perspective on Barcelona and I loved getting the chance to learn more from a member of the CEA staff! Jennifer S. is the Fall 2016 CEA MOJO in Barcelona, Spain. She is currently a sophmore studying Professional Writing at Miami University. 

In the huge city of Barcelona, it can tend to be a little overwhelming trying to decide what to do, where to go and where to eat everyday. There are just too many amazing options. So here are three great sightseeing spots, and some delicious restaurants and cafés that are right near them. All of these places are easy to pop in and out of and will show you some of the best parts of Barcelona!  The Arc de Triomf & Picnic Restaurant Anybody can tell you that the Arc de…

One of the best parts about CEA is the excursions and activities around your city, and some you wouldn’t have otherwise thought about. In my case, I signed up for a Tapas workshop (YUM) to learn a little bit more about where and how tapas originated and how they are prepared. One of the classes I am taking this semester is the Culture of food and wine and Spain, so this was the perfect activity to take part in. My teacher ended up being the leader of the…

You can’t go to Barcelona without at least hearing about Antoni Gaudí. The famous Catalan architect is known for his work on houses and churches throughout Barcelona during the beginning of the 20th century. His style is known as “Modernisme” and looks like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Each piece is elaborate and ornate in its own ways, and are all must sees when in Barcelona. Casa Battló Casa Battló is along the swanky high-end street, Passeig de Grácia, and sticks out against the rest of the sandstone colored buildings…