Kelly O'Sullivan, Ambassador, Barcelona, la merce

Barcelona has everything you could possibly want in a study abroad destination. It has the beach, great nightlife, awesome food, cool buildings and sites to tour, and is an easy place to travel to different parts of Europe. It was my first time in Barcelona and although I had the best and most rewarding time of my life, there were some things I wish I would have known beforehand. 1. It barely rains If you’re trying to decide what is crucial to pack before coming to Barcelona, let…

Carnival is a worldwide celebration (largely in Europe) that inspires communities to rejoice before they begin their fast for Lent. Unlike America, these Carnivals are not comprised of deep fried food and nauseating rides, but instead they involve vibrant parades, cultural music and live performances. Carnival celebrations usually last a few days during the month of February. The high energy and cheerfulness of these events are unlike anything I have ever experienced. Both locals and tourists fill the streets in unison, with nothing but huge grins on their faces. What…

In a huge city, how does one decide where to eat? As a foodie,  this is a battle I face weekly.  Barcelona has countless restaurants with every cuisine imaginable! It is impossible to try them all (even though you may want to), so you better grab a bite at the places worth mentioning before your time is up. Splurging on a fancy restaurant is always fun, but sometimes you just want to grab a quick bite on those nights when cooking is unbearable or when it is 2:40, you are starving, and your…

Sometimes I just wonder if I’m using up all my good luck way too early in life because 2014 has honestly been on the best years of my life. Barcelona has taught me a lot about the world, but probably just as much about myself.   I chose Barcelona for warm weather, a chance to improve my Spanish, and because it is one of the best cities in the world for young people, but it gave me so many more reasons to stay. I had no idea just…

Spanish Tapas Class

Before you head off to Barcelona, here are a few insider tips to help! 1. Barca ≠ Barcelona. This is probably the easiest way to know someone still hasn’t met enough locals. I made the embarrassing mistake of saying “estoy estudiando en barca,” to some locals, and in an instant lost all creditability. If you really need to shorten the word, try “BCN.” “Barca” is reserved solely to refer to the city’s heart and soul: it’s soccer team, FC Barcelona.   2. The night bus is your friend….

After going back to the U.S. partway through my time abroad for a networking conference for careers in finance, consulting, and professional services, the trip helped me put a lot of the cultural aspects of Spain into perspective. By this I mean, I realized just how trendy people in Barcelona dress. So I started thinking, “How can I dress like the locals?” and made a list of what I’ve learned about Barcelona fashion during my time in the city. Enjoy! Jorts Are Back: While in the US, Jorts (aka…

My name is Emma Lancaster and I am a 20 year old student from Cincinnati, Ohio. I study Kinesiology with a minor in Spanish at the University of Miami in Oxford, Ohio. Before I came to Barcelona, I had a passion for Spanish. I thought that it was a beautiful language that I dreamed of one day knowing. Little did I know that the 6 years of Spanish studies throughout high school and college was little when compared to the language as a whole. For two of my…

Maiya Aiba,  a Duke University student studying abroad with CEA in Barcelona, participated in CEA’s Career Development Certificate Program this Fall. Here are six of her takeaways from her involvement in this program. Who was your mentor placement and what was their professional role?: Giuseppe Ciranna was my mentor. He previously worked for companies like Coca-Cola and Dolce and Gabbana doing branding for them and he currently has his own company. What are some of the topics that you covered in the Career Development Seminar?: We covered resume and cover…

CEA took us on the short 2.5 hour AVE Train to Madrid for a weekend, where I also enjoyed an impromptu family reunion with my primos and tios. Enjoy :) Dillon Patel is the Fall 2014 CEA MOJO in Barcelona, Spain. He is currently a junior at Duke University.

Get to know Sabrina, CEA study abroad Barcelona student services advisor:   The best part of Barcelona is….: Its “live life to the fullest” mentality, its open minded and accepting people, and its love for being outdoors. Living in Barcelona has definitely taught me how to appreciate diverse perspectives on life, as well as eat healthy and be physically active all year round. Do I need to learn Catalan to survive here?: You do not need to learn Catalan to survive but you do need to learn it…