As my time here in London is coming to an end, I would like to share a few tips for pre and post departure. Pack, unpack half of that, then take out another quarter. Chances are you’ll forget about that red sweater that can only be worn on cold-but-not-too-cold days. You probably won’t wear your three-inch, suede pumps. And hopefully, you’ll be out of your room enough to never need five pairs of pajama pants. All of these examples are from my own personal packing experience and as…

Springtime has arrived in Prague, and it’s beautiful: Everything has burst into bloom, there are even more dogs out with their owners than usual, and the parks are always full of people out enjoying the sunshine. The only downside is, this gorgeous weather makes it more difficult to face the fact that I’m leaving Prague at the end of the month. I’ve had an incredible time here in Prague — I’ve learned so much about not only Czech culture and history, but also (as cheesy as it sounds)…

The early morning sky in Granada A few weeks ago, my friend from back home, Lauren, sent me an email discussing homesickness, and what it meant to her. She had explained to me that she had learned, in one of her classes, that that being homesick has two meanings: 1) to long for home, and 2) that one is actually sick of being home. She said that for people who have traveled and fallen in love with different places, this double meaning would hold true throughout their lives,…

Tempe, Ariz. (May 7, 2012) – Francisco Almanza, a 20-year-old sophomore majoring in International Business at the University of Texas at San Antonio, is the recipient of a $5,000 scholarship from CEA Global Education. This is the second $5,000 scholarship CEA has awarded this year through Abroad101.com. The scholarship was part of a four-week viral campaign with Abroad101.com inviting students to enlist their friends and family in a Facebook competition. Students were asked to describe why they felt they deserved this scholarship and how they would incorporate their…

Here’s a video tour of my CEA housing in Paris for the semester.  We have a great apartment in the 12th, near the Bastille and within walking distance of a lot of great sites (check out my walking tour). As this will be my last blog post, I’d like to thank everyone at CEA for making this semester an incredible experience for me.  From attending book readings at Shakespeare and Co. to enjoying every bite of every baguette from every boulangerie I visited, this semester has been an…

It is hard to pick just a few favorite restaurants in Paris, as the entire city is a labyrinth of boulangeries that spew buttery pastries by the dozen and perfectly cooked filet mignons by the herd, where one is becomes intoxicated by the sights, sounds, and smells of a truly incredible gastronomic metropolis.  Having said that, here are a few of my favorite places and dished that I’ve frequented that you probably won’t read about in guidebooks. We visit the Algerian place next door to our apartment called…

  London is the home of many famous street artists like Swoon (above) and Banksy (below), but the majority of the graffiti is done by anonymous citizens with unique points of view. This piece “Scary” (below) is a land mark on Curtain Road, famous among the locals. The neighborhood Shoreditch (where I live) is known to have the most works of street art and often hosts gallery shows of work by well-known street artists like Shepard Fairy and Banksy (below).   It is sometimes even encouraged for commercial…

I can best describe the fashion of London as cliquey. By that I mean there are three specific styles that stand out, each of which is reminiscent of a high school clique. Let me elaborate: The Nerd: There’s a simple formula to complete the nerdy look, and just to be clear, I say “nerd” in the most adoring way.  The basic root of the equation is a classic button-up (preferably denim-ish fabric), fastened all the way to the top button. This part is essential. In order to be…

Language proficiency, new cultural perspectives, career preparation – few of the many skills students acquire while abroad. But hold the phone…career skills? Gained from studying abroad? You better believe it! The experiences students encounter, the excursions they’ll embark on, the courses they’ll take, all contribute to their future careers. As we all know, the job market is bleak and students are looking for ways to make themselves stand out amongst others.  While study abroad acts as one way to do this, hiring managers want to see more from…

Over the course of my posts, I’ve made a point to write about the things that have really had an impact on me. I imagine it’s probably much more interesting and enjoyable for you, the readers, when I can put all of myself into my posts. So with this last post, I’d like to tell you about a few of the really amazing experiences I’ve had here that I couldn’t really fit in anywhere else. —– As I’m sure you already know, Italy is known for it’s amazing…