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…

Come with me as I take you on a pizza and gelato crawl through center city Rome. As one of the CEA cultural engagement activities, students were guided on a walking night tour of the city and enjoyed different kinds of Roman and Italian-style pizza. Dinner was followed by everyone’s favorite sweet dessert: gelato!   Juliana is the Spring 2018 CEA MOJO Blogger in Rome, Italy. She is currently a Junior studying Communications and Writing at Cedar Crest College.

Traditional Czech dishes are known for being hearty comfort food. Bramboracky and Cesneka are great examples of this and two personal favorites that are easy to make at home. Both can be found in most Czech restaurants, and bramboracky are also sold as delicious street food here in Prague. Bramboracky Recipe Ingredients: 4 large potatoes 3 cloves garlic, crushed salt and black pepper to taste 1 pinch dried marjoram (optional) 2 teaspoons caraway seeds (optional) 2 eggs 1 tablespoon milk 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour oil for frying Add…

Terezin and Lidice The first CEA excursion of the semester was to Terezin, a former Czech Republic fortress used by the Nazis as a concentration camp. We were taken on a tour of the grounds and shown how difficult life really was for the prisoners. As a Jew who had never previously been to a concentration camp, this experience was powerful and overwhelming in an important way. Seeing this place in person put all of the facts and statistics into perspective, and you could feel the shock of…

It seems impossible to summarize such an incredible, life-changing experience in only a matter of words and a few photographs. You know that phrase, life-changing? Everyone who has ever studied abroad has used it to describe the experience. And before I went abroad, I’ll admit I was a bit skeptical of the term. How can going to a couple of different places totally change your life? Well, I found my answer. It does. Check out this Fresh Perspective. GROW UP Living in a foreign country is terrifying at…

When planning a trip to Ireland, make sure Dingle is on the top of your list for places to visit. The Dingle Peninsula is absolutely breathtaking and the most scenic place I’ve been to in Ireland. Through CEA, I was able to spend a weekend in this gorgeous town. Going on a hike to the top of Eske Tower will allow you to see breathtaking views and watch all the sheep that roam the mountain. The water in Dingle is incredibly blue and clear which adds to the…

Classes at Anglo-American University are an interesting mix of American and European teaching techniques. Most of my professors are American and attended American universities, and their lecture styles reflect this. The main difference is the syllabus, which is more European in style. There is less homework, so the midterm, final, projects and papers count for much more. The homework doesn’t always count for points, but if you don’t do it, you will fall behind. There is an emphasis on keeping up outside of class, with readings and homework….

It’s hard to believe as I write this, I’ve only got less than two weeks before my flight home. Four months sounded like forever when I got here, but they’ve flown by far too quickly. As I face down the rapidly approaching end of my college study abroad experience, its impossible not to reflect. I’ve learned a few things, like how to say “hello,” “do you speak English,” and “I’m sorry” in several languages. I like to think taking a Czech class has made me more passable here…

To put it bluntly, study abroad is the adventure of a lifetime. But studying abroad with CEA is the complete journey. By exposing you constantly to new cultures and ideas, with the tools CEA provides, you have the opportunity to find yourself and step further outside of your comfort zone than you ever thought you could. Understanding cultures Becoming culturally oriented is a process. Understanding another culture is not something you can check off your to do list in a day.  It takes time and courage to become comfortable…

As my time abroad in Seville comes to a close, I’d like to reflect on my experience. I am so fortunate to have been able to study abroad in Seville. I loved the cities I’ve visited, but each time I return to Seville, I’m overjoyed to be home. This past weekend, my friends and I went to Barcelona and couldn’t stop talking about how people from our hostel were going to visit only Barcelona when in Spain. I loved La Sagrada Família and Park Güell, but I didn’t…