“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…

I have gone on two trips with CEA so far. Just this last week I went on a winery & vineyard tour near the city of Sitges and a few weeks ago I went on a weekend trip to Valencia, Spain. They were both such fun experiences. Valencia The trip to Valencia started out by taking a charter bus from Barcelona. It was only about four hours and the ride was super comfortable. We got to stay at a nice hotel that was all set up and planned…

Where do I even start when reflecting on my abroad experience? One thing I know is that time FLEW by. I came into this experience with a few goals in mind. I wanted to make new friends, travel around Europe, and learn as much as I could about Barcelona. After these past three and a half months, I am confident in saying all of these goals have been accomplished. This experience would not have been half as good if I didn’t have such great roommates. Kristi, Luci, and…

Aarthi Rajaraman is my sports marketing professor at CEA. This video blog is an interview I conducted with her about how she ended up as a study abroad professor, her life in Barcelona, and what it’s like to work at her other job, 60 Minutes. She has a very interesting life, so I hope you enjoy this interview! Julia D. is the Spring 2018 MOJO Blogger in Barcelona, Spain. She is currently a Junior studying Marketing & Finance at Iowa State University.

Nothing compares to studying abroad in a foreign country. Everyone always talks about the experiences and knowledge you gain while being abroad. What people often forget to discuss is the actual “school” portion. After taking classes in Spain for a few months, I can say the knowledge I am gaining from my professors and classmates is truly amazing. It seems like a lot of students study abroad to take elective credits, which is totally okay, but one thing I am loving about my abroad experience is that I…

Barcelona is filled with incredible restaurants, museums, historic sites, and much much more. A walking tour is an amazing way to see it all. Follow me through the streets of Barcelona and experience everything that the city has to offer! Alison H. is the Spring 2018 MOJO Photographer in Barcelona, Spain. She is currently a Junior studying Cognitive Science at University of California – Berkeley.

The best part of Barcelona is hands down the delicious food! Check out these three “musts” in Barcelona. Bo de B Don’t let the exterior fool you. Sandwiches at Bo de B are famous for being amazingly delicious. First, pick your meat: beef, chicken, or fish. Next, cheese or no? Yes. Always get the cheese, is that even a choice? After that, pick the toppings. There is everything from lentils to corn to onions and more. Finally, the sauces! It is recommended by the owner of Bo de…

  Curiosity and creativity lie at the core of who I am as a cognitive science major. The field is unique in that it is a blend of many disciplines. It encompasses psychology, philosophy, computer science, and more, and integrates them into a comprehensive major for those who want to learn it all. In many ways, I have found Barcelona to be a lot like cognitive science. It is a blend of rich culture and history, beautiful beaches, delicious food, and exciting nightlife. I studied abroad to expand my…

This weekend I had the pleasure of going on an excursion to Valencia with CEA. Valencia is an incredible city with gorgeous architecture, beautiful beaches, and delicious food. The city has a lot to offer so it’s definitely worth a visit! Check out my video below– Hope you like it! Alison H. is the Spring 2018 MOJO Photographer in Barcelona, Spain. She is currently a Junior studying Cognitive Science at University of California – Berkeley.

Ever since starting college, I knew I wanted to study abroad, but I had so many questions. Where? When? With what program? How long? Thanks to the help of my friends and advisor, it became any easy decision. CEA is one of two programs offered for students at Iowa State to study in Barcelona. My friend, Luci, already knew she wanted to study abroad through CEA in Barcelona because she is working on a Spanish minor. After talking with more friends and family, I found out a sorority…