Here we are at our last week in Buenos Aires with CEA, as the Spring fades into Summer, and we all are having our final moments appreciating the coffee culture, the nightlife, the resto-bars, the artesian fairs on the streets, the tango on the plazas, the terrace at my homestay… The list goes on! I have made so many memories, so many connections with places and people, which I will never forget. My Spanish and my confidence in communicating have improved more than I could have imagined. I…

Ever since I decided to study abroad in Buenos Aires, I knew I wanted to spend time in Patagonia. I had heard from friends who went, about the landscapes and the incredible forces of nature at work for miles and miles across Argentina. Our spring break finally came last week, and off I went, with my boyfriend, to the lands of Patagonia. We bussed and hitchhiked between El Bolsón, El Hoyo, Lago Puelo, and Los Lagos Region, camping and staying in hostels with an array of other backpackers who…

Studying abroad was an adventure I knew I wanted to experience before I applied to colleges. I applied to schools with study abroad programs that interested me from the beginning, with the mindset that, my junior year, I’d study internationally. Choosing Prague was not a difficult decision for me; it’s beautiful, fairly inexpensive, and central in Europe. I hadn’t heard much about the Czech Republic, or their language, so I knew immersing myself in their culture would take time and patience. Now that my 3 month stay in Prague…

In Prague, I attend the Anglo American University, located about a 15 minute tram ride or 30 minute walk away from my apartment. The school itself is incredibly beautiful, and I tried to capture that in this video! The school itself is an old palace, and the Cafe Des Taxis, I’ve heard, is an old horse stable. The classrooms have beautiful ornate wall designs, chandeliers, and windows. I wish I could have shown y’all one, but the classrooms are often locked. I’m often in awe of the school,…

Yes, indeed, it is possible to bike in this bustling city! Moreover, there is a free (gratis) 24-hour bike-share available to locals and tourists in the city; it is called Ecobici. There are about 200 stations located throughout the city which hold these green bikes. All you need to do is sign up at a local municipality office to get your VOS card, which you then scan at any Ecobici station to unlock a bicycle. [Some disclaimers: It can be difficult to find a station equipped with bicycles at certain hours and…

There are a number of “comfort items” that I didn’t realize were so important to me until being away from them for this long. We all have our specific cravings and passions, which may or may not be available outside of the United States, and it’s amazing the joy they are capable of producing. What are your comfort items that you most enjoy? I am fortunate to have found 5 of my own comfort items here, 7000 miles away from home, in the city of Buenos Aires… and what joy…

All of CEA’s excursions are included in the program, and are entirely optional to the individual… I could not think of a reason to not take advantage of the incredible opportunities that CEA offers for students to experience a place you may not otherwise have seen or heard of. Buenos Aires is abundant in things to see and do, arriving here I did not know where to start. In our first two months here so far, CEA has introduced me (and my classmates, I’m sure) to a variety…

Over the past month, I have had the wonderful experience of getting to study Sociology in an entirely new culture. Back home, I chose to study Sociology because I wanted to better understand what social forces and norms inherently drive people to acting a certain way. I’ve studied Sociology in America for 2 years, so I love having the chance to study Czech social forces and norms that affect locals daily.  Social norms are different everywhere. Here I’m an outsider, trying to understand what’s socially appropriate or not…

In Buenos Aires, there is never a moment of nothing to do or to see. You can get a taste of the eventful nature of the city in these 2 minutes of footage I recorded in one week of exploring by foot, bike, bus, and subway. Who needs a car anyway? Every block is lined with cafes, resto-bars, shops, fruit & veg vendors, and of course kioscos (kiosks, you guessed it!). Excursions with both the class and with the whole CEA program are frequent and fun. We learned all…

Uprooting your life and studying abroad is already something to commend yourself for; however, many don’t realize that student life is equally as unique as adjusting to life in Prague itself. My classes at the Anglo American University so far have been unlike any I’ve taken before, and I mean that in a good way! So far, I’ve gone (legal) graffitiing in my Subcultures class and watched my Gender, Minority and Cultures teacher preform with her all female alternative punk rock group, Zuby Nehty. In this video, I take you through my…