When I was packing to come to Barcelona, I thought to myself, I’m not going to be spending any time in my apartment. That didn’t work out quite as well as I thought, but there are still a few spots I enjoy going to. Below are four spots that you might enjoy going to if you’re ever in Barcelona. Hidden spot number 1: Plaza de Gracia This place is bursting with life all the time. During the day, you’ll find tons of little kids running around, playing soccer, and…

This was the view from the welcoming dinner reception on our first night.  CEA took us on a tour of a bomb shelter; we learned all about the history and even got to hear some crazy stories about its use after the war. And what’s Barcelona without its soccer team? This was the FC Barcelona vs Getafe game at the Camp Nou Stadium. Another CEA excursion was a trip to Besalú, a tiny city north of Barcelona. Girona had amazing ruins, but we walked up so many flights…

My parents, my teachers, my peers, my future employers – all people who wanted or will want to know why studying abroad was so important to me. I had two main goals in coming here, learning more about myself and challenging myself to thrive in another culture. The first step was convincing my parents. I can’t say it was easy, but after they saw how passionate I was about going, they couldn’t say no. (In reality, I might have given them the puppy dog eyes.) I told them…

Study abroad experiences can be tricky. One must have an open mind and attitude going into it. If not, then the experience could be your worst nightmare and you will not make the full of it. That’s where Active Learning comes into the picture. The reality behind studying in Barcelona was quite clear to me. I did not know or understand the language and did not know much about the culture, norms or people. It was quite scary to be honest. But, reading a couple of tourist guide…

This video describes my initial perception of studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain with CEA. It touches upon how I felt when I first arrived here and my experience with the people, places and culture. Shiv Sawhney is the Fall 2012 CEA MOJO in Barcelona, Spain

Study abroad programs are available dime a dozen these days. It’s honestly not about where you choose to study abroad but it’s about what you do there. When studying abroad students should make optimum use of their time and resources so that they can come out the other side with a number of friends, connections, experiences on travel & local culture and more. During my time here in Barcelona, I have met a number of people. Some interesting, others helpful and the rest great fun! Going into this…