“Siri, what are the top 10 things to do in Madrid?” Anyone can pull out their smartphone and get this information from Google, so the objective of this article is not to guide a tourist trip around Madrid, but rather, assuming you’re already planning to visit the Prado Museum, El Retiro park, and the Bernabeu stadium, here is an insider’s account of the best “behind the scenes” spots to spend time. Food El Sobrino de Botín Restaurant  My favorite place for a great Spanish meal experience. Serving authentic Spanish food,…

Friends studying abroad, here are my tips to staying mentally and physically healthy while abroad. Tip 1: Let Go Part of what can make the transition difficult is clinging to the life that you leave behind instead of looking forward. Let me tell you, the sooner you can learn to let go of that world for just a few months, the better. Before my journey to Spain, I had friends in the US that I communicated with on a daily basis, and upon my arrival, I had to accept…

I honestly had no idea what my housing would look like or entail once I arrived in Madrid. Of course, I knew that CEA was setting me up with a centrally located apartment, but I was definitely in for a pleasantly-pre-decorated, smaller-than-I-imagined surprise. As it turns out, I love my place here in Madrid and my roommate and I have found creative ways to make the most of our sweet urban space. Watch the video to see how it’s done. Sarah U. is the Fall 2016 CEA MOJO in…

Of the many differences and difficulties one will experience while studying abroad, studying is definitely one of them. With a whole world of new opportunities and experiences, it can almost seem like a waste of your precious, limited time and energy to stay in and prepare for exams, presentations, and the like. However, the Spanish universities are just like any American universities in that they still expect top-notch work from their students who want good grades. In fact, Spain is notoriously less generous with awarding high grades than…

Walking through the streets of Madrid, you’ll see a little bit of everything in the realm of fashion. But no matter what the getup, more than anything else you’ll note the confidence. Bold platforms and metallic jackets throwing it back the eighties are suddenly back in style, usually accompanied by a haughty strut and a poignant side-eye. Ripped Zara jeans paired with basic tees or crop-tops are also all the rage, meant to look like an outfit quickly thrown together (though I can assure you that’s never the case)….

Spain is a country known for many things, and after living here for some months, I can tell you that food is most definitely one of them. Though there is plenty to try in the way of croquettas, bocadillos, chorizo, and even fish brought in to the center of the country from the surrounding seas, my favorite authentic dish is the Spanish “tortilla.” Falling somewhere in between an american omelette and a fritata, the Spanish tortilla has nothing in common with it’s Mexican counterpart save the name. This past week, I was lucky enough to…

Sometimes it can be hard to focus on the “studying” part of studying abroad, but after all, that is what we’re here for! I’ve found that CEA and Universidad Nebrija have an awesome network of classes available and so far it is going great. I consider myself very lucky to be living in a foreign country and learning all about it at the same time, and it’s been very beneficial as well! Have a look at this video and find out just what kind of classes I am…

Of all of the cities in the world, I chose Madrid as my study abroad city. How did I do it? How could I possibly choose just one place, out of all the incredible, exotic locations?  First of all, I didn’t. I chose Madrid, yes, but my perspective is that one should view the study abroad city of choice as an expansive opportunity rather than as a limitation. Living in Madrid, I experience weekly life like a local Madrileña, but, for an American student studying abroad, weekends are…

Madrid, Spain is one of the largest cities in all of Europe, falling third only after London and Berlin. A beautiful, busy city, filled with lights, life and excitement, I swear it’s daring me to explore it’s every corner. While I do feel so comfortable within her walls, living within Madrid will definitely prove a challenge. With 13 metro lines, ten o’clock dinnertimes, and up to 100 degree weather (fahrenheit), living the Spanish lifestyle is a far cry from my previous experiences in the cities I’ve called home in…