I decided I wanted to be a writer when I was 11 years old once I realized the pop star life wasn’t for me. Since then I’ve changed genres a few times, switching from future fantasy novelist to fiction short story writer to firmly grounded in the realm of non-fiction. I’m majoring in Professional Writing with a Journalism Specialization and a Foreign Language minor. My primary language for my minor is Spanish, and I’ll be picking up a secondary when I return to the States for my senior…

I decided I wanted to study abroad before I even decided where I wanted to go to college. The where was the hard part to figure out, because there are so many options to choose from. I narrowed my choices down to Spanish-speaking countries with the declaration of my Foreign Language minor, and CEA’s Early start program in Buenos Aires, Argentina which would allow me to take two Spanish courses in a Spanish-speaking country cemented my decision. However, my immense desire to immerse myself in a foreign culture…

Despite not being a sports fan, I decided to give attending a fútbol game a shot, since I’ve been told it’s one of the things you must do while in Argentina. The experience did not disappoint. I wasn’t always sure what was going on in the Argentina vs. Venezuela FIFA Qualifier match, but that didn’t stop me from getting swept up in the crowd’s enthusiasm. Quinn K. is the Fall 2017 CEA MOJO Blogger in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is currently a Junior studying Professional Writing at Champlain…

Ice Cream is a big deal in Buenos Aires. Maybe because of the warm climate, maybe because of the Italian influence on the cuisine. Regardless of why, ice cream shops are plentiful with a variety of flavors that you’d never find in the states. I love ice cream but am lactose intolerant, so I figured writing a blog on ice cream would give me an excuse to put my lactose pills to use! Stop 1: Lucciano’s Dulce de Leche con Brownies & Banana Split The Recoleta Lucciano’s store…

My class members applauding the end of the Orquesta Típica performance.

All of my classes here in Buenos Aires have some sort of global or local aspect: International Marketing, Culture & Civilization of Argentina, Communication and Global Competence, History of the Argentine Tango and Intermediate Spanish II. We spend a few hours a week in the classroom for these courses, discussing the readings we did for homework, doing small group activities or presentations, taking notes as the professor lectures, etc. In addition to the in-class learning that doesn’t differ too much from classes back in the states, we also…

Barrio Chino Street

After flying from Vermont to New Jersey to Atlanta before finally arriving in Buenos Aires, I was exhausted and nervous about arriving in a new country. My stomach had been in knots for the entirety of my overnight flight because it finally hit me as I heard the safety instructions repeated in Spanish that I was about to spend four months in a country where they spoke a different language. I was excited to arrive of course, thrilled to finally get off the plane, but my confidence in…

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…

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.