I have gone on two trips with CEA so far. Just this last week I went on a winery & vineyard tour near the city of Sitges and a few weeks ago I went on a weekend trip to Valencia, Spain. They were both such fun experiences. Valencia The trip to Valencia started out by taking a charter bus from Barcelona. It was only about four hours and the ride was super comfortable. We got to stay at a nice hotel that was all set up and planned…

Where do I even start when reflecting on my abroad experience? One thing I know is that time FLEW by. I came into this experience with a few goals in mind. I wanted to make new friends, travel around Europe, and learn as much as I could about Barcelona. After these past three and a half months, I am confident in saying all of these goals have been accomplished. This experience would not have been half as good if I didn’t have such great roommates. Kristi, Luci, and…

Aarthi Rajaraman is my sports marketing professor at CEA. This video blog is an interview I conducted with her about how she ended up as a study abroad professor, her life in Barcelona, and what it’s like to work at her other job, 60 Minutes. She has a very interesting life, so I hope you enjoy this interview! Julia D. is the Spring 2018 MOJO Blogger in Barcelona, Spain. She is currently a Junior studying Marketing & Finance at Iowa State University.

Nothing compares to studying abroad in a foreign country. Everyone always talks about the experiences and knowledge you gain while being abroad. What people often forget to discuss is the actual “school” portion. After taking classes in Spain for a few months, I can say the knowledge I am gaining from my professors and classmates is truly amazing. It seems like a lot of students study abroad to take elective credits, which is totally okay, but one thing I am loving about my abroad experience is that I…

The best part of Barcelona is hands down the delicious food! Check out these three “musts” in Barcelona. Bo de B Don’t let the exterior fool you. Sandwiches at Bo de B are famous for being amazingly delicious. First, pick your meat: beef, chicken, or fish. Next, cheese or no? Yes. Always get the cheese, is that even a choice? After that, pick the toppings. There is everything from lentils to corn to onions and more. Finally, the sauces! It is recommended by the owner of Bo de…

Ever since starting college, I knew I wanted to study abroad, but I had so many questions. Where? When? With what program? How long? Thanks to the help of my friends and advisor, it became any easy decision. CEA is one of two programs offered for students at Iowa State to study in Barcelona. My friend, Luci, already knew she wanted to study abroad through CEA in Barcelona because she is working on a Spanish minor. After talking with more friends and family, I found out a sorority…

Follow me as I walk around Barcelona to see some of my favorite places. I walk by the Sagrada Família every day on my way to the metro and stop at Forn Verdaguer for coffee and croissants more than I should. Life in Barcelona has been a blast, and this vlog shows just a few of the many amazing sites to see here. Julia D. is the Spring 2018 CEA MOJO Blogger in Barcelona, Spain. She is currently a Junior studying Finance & Marketing at Iowa State University.

Since living in Galway, I have fallen in love with the city. When the weather is nice in Galway, one of my favorite things to do is take a walk on the Salthill Promenade. The walk takes you alongside Galway Bay, and offers an incredible view at sunset. One of the best day trips is to Kylemore Abbey and the Victorian Gardens. This tour includes several other stops on the way including a stop in the colorful Spiddal Craft Village. Beyond being breathtakingly beautiful, Kylemore Abbey has a…

I come from Iowa State University which is located in Ames, Iowa. The population of Ames is around 65,000 people and this number includes the 36,000 students that attend the university each year. Clearly, Barcelona is quite different, with an approximate population of 1.6 million people. School in Iowa versus school in Barcelona is truly a night and day difference. In Ames, the campus is 3 square miles and I live just outside of that area. Here in Barcelona, I take classes at the CEA Study Center, which…

Watch me annoy my roommate as she makes us Beef Bourguignon for dinner! It’s the perfect French dish for anyone who likes a savory treat, but takes ALL day to make, Zuzu was stirring the stew for hours before she let any of us have a taste. This dish provides a myriad of flavors and goes great with a glass of red wine and mashed potatoes, we hope you enjoy! Simran H. is the Fall 2016 CEA MOJO in the french Riviera, France. She is currently a sophomore…