In my past five months in Europe, I’ve learned a lot. I’ve had to adjust to many different cultures and really get out of my comfort zone. I came here completely solo and it’s been hard at times, but also an incredibly rewarding experience. I learned some good lessons along the way…ones I think are worth sharing: Homesickness is normal I never in my life have been homesick. I went to school five hours away from my parents for a reason, but when you’re halfway across the world…

Throughout the study abroad experience, I sometimes find myself feeling a little lonely. I came here completely by myself and moved in with a complete stranger I didn’t know, my house mom Helena (pronounced Elena). We only speak to eachother in Spanish, which has been the best immersion process for me. My Spanish has improved immensely, and I speak with confidence from practicing with her 24/7. Although Helena has helped me linguistically, I wasn’t expecting this woman to make such a positive impact on me. She makes me all…

They say home is where the heart is, and I think that couldn’t be more true. I’ve been in Spain for three months now and I have made my host house a home of my own. I decided to film a house tour and show you guys where I’ve been living. Check out my tour and let me know what you think! Gracie D. is the Spring 2017 MOJO blogger in Madrid, Spain. She is currently a Junior studying integrated marketing communications at the University of Mississippi.

My friends and I made a fun video of some of our adventures throughout the week she came to visit for Spring Break. See what we were up to and see the beautiful highlights of Madrid! Gracie D. is the Spring 2017 MOJO blogger in Madrid, Spain. She is currently a Junior studying integrated marketing communications at the University of Mississippi.

One of the reasons I chose to study abroad with CEA is because of all the excursions they include. We do long weekend trips to incredible places such as Barcelona and Sevilla, but also do day trips as well. Last month we took a trip to a small city about an hour from Madrid called Toledo. A bunch of CEA students packed in a large bus and headed out to see the city. Before arriving, I didn’t know what to expect because I hadn’t heard anything about Toledo previously….

When I first came to Madrid, I thought the fashion would be weird. You know, like really hipster clothing or strange accessories. Although there are some things I’ve had to get used to, the moda (which is fashion in Spanish) pleasantly surprised me. First, all the clothes in Madrid are super cheap. Unless you’re planning to go to Louis Vuitton or Prada, you can go to most stores and easily walk out with 10 items for about $100-$150. This can be dangerous because although you are getting a…

Last week, I interviewed the director of CEA Madrid, Sylvia Martinez. She has a lot to say not only about her work with CEA, but also about her life in Madrid. Gracie D. is the Spring 2017 MOJO blogger in Madrid, Spain. She is currently a Junior studying integrated marketing communications at the University of Mississippi.