It’s no secret that the streets of Madrid are filled with fascinating art.  From graffiti to tiled walls, there is not a boring place to look when walking throughout the capital city of Spain. One of the art movements in Madrid are “Las Meninas.” These are sculptures scattered throughout the city that are covered with a modern and unique look to them. Las Meninas are everywhere. They occupy plenty of touristy locations like Puerta de Sol or Gran Via, but also area locals frequent.  The idea behind the…

When I committed to studying abroad in Granada, one of the first things people asked me was “What are you going to pack?” To be honest, I was asking myself the same thing. I had never been to Spain before and had no clue what to pack to avoid looking like a tourist; however, after 8 months living here, I’d like to think that I’ve more or less gotten a feel for the Spanish style. Below you’ll find some of the trends I’m currently seeing in the streets…

Before even coming to Spain, I prepared myself for the homesickness and culture shock everyone assured me would strike at some point during my first weeks in Granada. I told myself that if I expected those feelings, they would be easier to manage. As the weeks went by, however, I became more and more comfortable in my new city and absolutely enamored by the Spanish culture. I had met amazing new friends, was continually seeing improvements in my Spanish, and was busy traveling and exploring new cities. Sure,…

Did you know out of the approximately 300,000 people who call Granada home, 82,000 of them are college students? With that many students milling around the city, there is a continual focus on student life, making Granada an endlessly entertaining and incredibly affordable place to study. However, there are a few extra-special features that truly set Granada apart from any other “student city,” so without further ado: TAPAS Most everyone has heard of tapas and associates the small-plate wonders with Spain, but the tapa tradition is especially unique…

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When I first arrived in Spain, it took a few weeks to get acclimated to the way Spanish is spoken here. The Spanish accent seemed a lot stronger to me, compared to some Latin-American accents. What’s more, the Granadino accent can be particularly thick. It definitely takes some getting used to, but after four months, I definitely understand so much better, and I have even picked up on several local sayings and expressions. Below, I share some of the most common ones and some of my favorites to…

Living in a homestay was the only housing option I was interested in when I decided to study abroad. I always pictured living in a quaint, traditional home, waking up to voices speaking an unfamiliar language, and integrating into a new and truly different family. In many ways, my experience in a homestay has panned out to be quite similar to what I imagined. Right now, I live in the center of Seville with Juan, Eloisa, and my roommate, Akhila. Our routine runs like clockwork. Our makeshift family…

In all honesty, I came to Seville on somewhat of a whim. Funnily enough, many students here have similar stories. These conversations, though, always end with a resounding agreement that we’re all so incredibly lucky our whims led us here. It’s difficult to articulate the great love I have for Seville, but here are some reasons why I feel this way. Beauty Seville is one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever visit. On my first day here, I turned to my roommate and said, “Can you believe…

“A wall is a very big weapon. It’s one of the nastiest things you can hit someone with.” – Banksy Once home to renowned artists such as Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, Barcelona is considered one of Europe’s greatest artistic hubs. While there was once a rich culture of urban art in Barcelona, today the city primarily maintains aspects of its artistic legacy through a diverse array of museums and galleries. Around 15 years ago, Barcelona’s city counsel initiated an effort to clean up the city by implementing…

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Living with a host family is a unique cultural experience like no other. It’s one of the best ways to rapidly increase language proficiency while abroad, but there are many other benefits as well. Here I’ve listed what I’ve found to be the best perks of living in a Spanish home-stay. The people: My host family is amazing. I live with a married couple and their two adult daughters. They are all so kind, generous, and hospitable. We love telling stories and sharing laughs together. It’s really fun…

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The idea of studying abroad intrigues and excites many students. Maybe you love the idea of traveling and living abroad in a bustling city but aren’t sure what the “studying” part actually looks like. I’ll give you a glimpse into what academics in Spain are really like and 6 reasons why you might like taking classes abroad better than in the U.S. Awesome professors One of the best parts of my academic experience in Spain has been the professors. Of course every prof is unique, but overall, their…