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….

When I first came to Madrid, I thought the fashion would be weird. You know, like really hipster clothing or strange accessories. Although there are some things I’ve had to get used to, the moda (which is fashion in Spanish) pleasantly surprised me. First, all the clothes in Madrid are super cheap. Unless you’re planning to go to Louis Vuitton or Prada, you can go to most stores and easily walk out with 10 items for about $100-$150. This can be dangerous because although you are getting a…

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 week, I interviewed the director of CEA Madrid, Sylvia Martinez. She has a lot to say not only about her work with CEA, but also about her life in 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.  

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…