Once upon a time, Galway, Ireland served as one of European’s most prominent ports and trade centers.  Join archaeologist James McKeon and I as we explore the remains of a medieval city, all in 5 minutes! Molly H. is the Spring 2017 MOJO Blogger in Galway, Ireland. She is currently a Junior studying International Studies at Covenant College.

You’re in a seaside town on Ireland’s southwest coast come midnight, shopping the sounds drifting out a row of pubs when a sudden ruckus busts out of nowhere: a cavalcade of drums and pennywhistles, ecstatic boys hoisting a substantial trophy, and a mass of townspeople following hot on their heels, swathing the night air with flags of red and white. Random bystander and stranger to Co. Kerry, what do you do in this situation? Leap into the parade of course and follow them all the way to the…

Theatre seems to play a paramount role in Galway’s arts scene.  The world-famous Druid Theatre lies right off of Quay Street (boasting of the first woman director, Garry Hynes, to receive a Tony in 1998) among many other. NUIG boasts of three student-run theatre groups outside of the department, one of these being the Gaeilge-language troupe, A Cumann Drámaíochta OÉG. Feeling unmoored without the press release deadlines and photo shoots of my home school’s theatre, I’ve been lucky enough to do a smidgen of PR work for An Cumann…

As the days left here in Spain dwindle I’m beginning to really reflect upon my time here. I’ve had a great time in Seville and I have definitely learned a lot more about the daily life and culture of Spain. I was happy to have come here with a good amount of prior knowledge of the country and decent language skills (you’re never done learning a language!). My semester here in Seville is just the beginning for my study abroad experience, but I can say it was a…

On the Gaeilge classes’ trip to Carna, one doesn’t only have the chance to witness the rare art  of sean nós dancing and singing, but also to participate too under the tutelage of both the Devane and Joyce brothers–the latter including All-Ireland Fleadh cheoil winner, John.  Now’s your chance to learn a few steps! Molly H. is the Spring 2017 MOJO Blogger in Galway, Ireland. She is currently a Junior studying International Studies at Covenant College.

We arrived in Lisbon by bus and took a walking tour of the city and got to know some of the many famous neighborhoods in Lisbon, like Bairro Alto, and walked the grand Avenida da Liberdade. It was rainy the first night we were there, but the sights made up for being soaked to the bone. Thankfully the next day, our free day, was sunny and absolutely beautiful. I enjoyed wandering the city and finding colorful, decorated buildings around every corner. Lisbon is such a vibrant city, in…

“In Dublin’s fair city/where the girls are so pretty/I once met a girl named sweet Molly Malone/ and she wheeled her wheel barrow/ through the streets broad and narrow/singing cockles and mussles alive, alive, oh.” –Molly Malone, Trad. Folk Song In first few days of March, our CEA group made it’s way to get a taste of Ireland’s buzzing capital for a few days. After walking past landmarks like the General Post Office that hosted the 1916 Easter Rising against Britain,the Millennium Spire, an intrusive metal 390 foot spike prodding the skyline,…

An amazing way to expand your study abroad experience and gain valuable global skills is to take advantage of the internship opportunities offered by CEA Seville. These semester-long placements are 120 hour commitments tailored to students’ professional goals, areas of study, and personalities. The placements are coupled with a seminar style component taught by professor David Troya, where students gain valuable skills to help navigate a foreign and multicultural workplace. The internship program has been at CEA Seville for a little over a year and several past students…

It’s important to go beyond the typical study abroad experience by participating in cultural activities, interacting with the community and doing more than just attending classes and traveling. The CEA Seville Center offers an amazing opportunity to have a more in depth experience with the community of Seville through the Service Learning course. The course is based off the model of theory and practice and students spend time learning the theoretical aspects of volunteering and different skills required for certain placements. The practice component includes a 2.5-hour commitment per week at…

Seville is a bright and colorful city full of art in many different forms. There are many museums scattered throughout the city with a range from ancient to modern art, but the city offers more than just museums. Architecture Seville is an amazing city for architecture. Every street has amazing details and colors. From historic ancient works to more recent colorful buildings reflecting the charm and character of the city and to an exhibiton of Europe’s wildest architectural ideas. Casa de Pilatos Tucked away from the main streets…