When I pause and try to reflect back on the last year of my life, it honestly still doesn’t feel real. I got on that plane to Spain last September with absolutely no clue what I was getting myself into. Of course, as in any adventure, there have been plenty of ups and downs, but the good has more than outweighed the bad. Here are some of  the “highlights” of my year abroad, accompanied by a bit of nostalgia, as my time in Granada begins to draw to…

One of the coolest parts about studying abroad in Europe is the opportunity to travel on the weekends.  Personally, from Madrid I’ve made it to Ireland, Italy, France, and many more!  I love being able to jet off to a new location each weekend, and packing efficiently is an absolute must. It took me a few tries, but I think I have my packing routine down to a science at this point in the semester.  It’s so easy to forget one little thing that somehow ends up being…

As with any new location, citizens of a certain area are known for their positive and negative stereotypes. Meet the CEA Buenos Aires Staff and learn what they have to say about porteños, the people from Buenos Aires. The staff members in this video speak in their native tongue, so watching is a great way to practice your Spanish skills!       Elena P. is the Spring 2018 MOJO Photographer in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is currently a Junior studying Media Production at Ithaca College.

In our current time, technology continues to become more accessible. While high-tech is cool, keeping a travel journal is too!  I chose to study abroad spring semester, so for Christmas I received many gifts related to studying abroad. One gift in particular was a travel journal. Mine is a leather, with an old-fashioned look (just what I wanted!), and it has kept up with my travels because I try to always take the time to write in it.   Travel journals are a great way to unwind and…

Shoes.  Some say they’re most important part of an outfit, and when you’re constantly roaming Europe, they are definitely the most important part in terms of comfort. When I was packing my shoes to study abroad, I needed some tips.   My number one pair of shoes: Adidas sneakers. These shoes are versatile and comfortable: the two most important qualities in my opinion!  I definitely got my money’s worth with mine. They came with me on every weekend trip, and I constantly wear them around Madrid. Stylish sneakers…

“So, why do you want to study abroad?” Here is a question I was constantly asked by my friends and family. The short answer: I want to. The long answer is as follows. I’ve always wanted to study abroad, for as long as I remember. Being raised in an area without a lot of diversity just made me that much more curious to see what the rest of the world has to offer. Also, plenty of my friends who were older than me always recommended to study abroad….

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…